SSL 2018-19 Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts 21st Match Prediction. After two defeats and two washouts in their last four matches, Otago Volts will be desperate for a win when they take on Auckland Aces at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland. The 21st match of the Super Smash 2018-19 will be played on January 20 with live action scheduled to start at 12:30 PM local time.
- Auckland Aces have won three of the last four completed matches that they have played against Otago Volts.
- Auckland Aces have a much powerful batting line-up than Otago Volts with the likes of Guptill and Munro at the top.
- Auckland Aces have lost four of the last five matches that they have played at the Eden Park Outer Oval.
Our Pick: Auckland Aces
ABOUT THE MATCH
Another week has gone by in Burger King Super Smash and the competition is getting more intense in the middle of the points table as we approach the business end of the tournament. Northern Knights have been the side to beat in the tournament and have already reserved themselves a spot in the semifinals with a win over Canterbury Kings in their last encounter. Auckland Aces and Otago Volts are set to meet each other on 20th January at Auckland. Both the sides have an identical number of points and are separated only by their net run rate.
The winner of this game will jump to the second spot in the points table whereas the losing team will join Wellington Firebirds at the second spot from the bottom, assuming Northern Knights register a win in their upcoming win against Central Stags.
AUK vs OTG, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11
Auckland have plenty of firepower in their batting department with the opening combo of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro being the key. Guptill is looking in fine T20 form and he has already smashed a couple of unbeaten half-centuries in this Super Smash
Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11
- Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert ODonnell, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Quinn
Otago Volts Team News & Playing 11
Otago’s batting strength resides mainly in Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen and Ben Raine. Kitchen has scored the most runs for the team this season – 127 runs in five matches – and he will be expected to deliver a strong performance in this match against Auckland. Rutherford hit a half-century against Canterbury Kings and he will look to take Otago off to a flying start. With the ball, it will be up to Jacob Duffy, Nathan G Smith and Ben Raine to take wickets and slow down the opposition’s scoring rate. Duffy is amongst the tournament’s top five bowlers with eight wickets in five matches and he is more likely to trouble Auckland in this match. Smith snared up a three-wicket haul against the Central Stags recently and he too is expected to find a fair amount of assistance from the pitch at the Eden Park.
Otago Volts Predicted Playing 11
- Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox (wk), Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Ben Raine, Jacob Duffy (c), Shawn Hicks, Jack Hunter, Josh Finnie, Brad Wilson, Nathan G Smith
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
AUK : NR L L W NR
OTG : NR L NR L W
Auckland Aces vs Otago Volts Prediction
Both the teams are coming off defeats in their last two completed matches. Otago Volts will be more desperate for a win here as they have two losses and as many washouts from their previous four games. Auckland Aces will certainly enjoy the benefit of playing at home but they have not been performing too well of late at this ground. They have lost four of their last five matches here which is something that should inject plenty of hope into their opponents. However, Auckland do have a good head-to-head record and they have beaten Otago three times in their last four completed meetings. The hosts also have more quality and depth in their batting which is why we feel they are better placed to win this match.