SSL 2018-19 Canterbury Kings vs Auckland Aces 23rd Match Prediction. The 23rd game of the Super Smash 2018-19 will see a resurgent Auckland Aces take on the struggling Canterbury Kings at the latter’s home ground – the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The match will be played on January 26 with live action scheduled to begin at 4 PM local time.
- Canterbury Kings have the psychological advantage of having beaten Auckland Aces when the two sides met earlier in the season.
- Canterbury Kings will have the home advantage on their side but they have lost both their matches played here this season.
- Auckland Aces have momentum with them and they have won four of their last five matches played against Canterbury Kings.
Our Pick Auckland Aces
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Super Smash T20 tournament is drawing to a close and each team has three group matches left to play. The Canterbury Kings will be taking on the Auckland Aces in this match as the two sides try to end the Super Smash on a high.
For the Canterbury Kings, the Super Smash T20 has been a big disappointment so far. They have won just one out of their seven matches, losing the other six. The Canterbury Kings have been all but knocked out of contention for a playoff spot. The Auckland Aces have fared slightly better with three wins and two losses from their seven matches.
The Aces are in the third position on the Super Smash League table right now and will move into second with a win in this game.
CAN vs AUK, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Canterbury Team News & Playing 11
Canterbury Kings have lost their two key batsmen in Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls to international duty which means the onus will now be on the likes of Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie, Andrew Ellis and Cam Fletcher to score the runs. McConchie is one of the leading run-scorers this Super Smash
Canterbury Predicted Playing 11
- Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Andrew Ellis, Leo Carter, Tim Johnston, Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle, Ed Nuttall, Will Williams
Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11
Auckland’s top-order clicked in the last game against Otago Volts with Craig Cachopa knocking 73 runs off just 38 balls. The skipper has been the team’s most consistent performer with the bat and he holds the key to their batting in the absence of Martin Guptill who is currently in the New Zealand ODI squad. Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips are two other batsmen in this line-up with the potential of playing the big innings. Matthew Quinn, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ronnie Hira bagged two wickets apiece against Otago and they will be the ones to watch out for when it comes to bowling. McClenaghan is the tournament’s second-best bowler with 11 wickets in five matches and he even took a three-wicket haul in the reverse encounter against the Canterbury Kings. The fast bowler seems to be in good rhythm at the moment and he could cause problems for Canterbury once again.
Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11
- Daniel Bell-Drummond, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O’Donnell, Graeme Beghin, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew Quinn
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
CAN : L L L L L
AUK : W W NR L L
CAN vs AUK Head to Head
Auckland Aces and Canterbury Kings have played 25 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments. Auckland have won 16 of those and Canterbury 7 while two have resulted in ties.
Auckland Aces have beaten Canterbury Kings four times in their last five meetings and they did the double over them in the previous season.
Canterbury Kings, however, emerged victorious when they met Auckland Aces in the New Year’s day clash at the Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland. Canterbury elected to bowl first after winning the toss and shot Auckland out for just 110 which they chased down in the 18th over to win the match by five wickets.
Matches Played: 25; Canterbury Kings Won: 7; Auckland Aces Won: 16; Tie: 2
Canterbury vs Auckland Aces Betting Odds
Auckland Aces begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this 23rd match of the Super Smash 2018-19. They are being offered at odds of 1.80 on Bet365 and 1.73 on Betfair. Canterbury Kings have struggled all through the season and so it isn’t surprising to seem them as outsiders for this game at 2 on Bet365 and 2.10 on Betfair.
Canterbury vs Auckland Aces Prediction
Canterbury Kings have had a very disappointing Super Smash season so far and they are languishing at the bottom of the table with six defeats from seven matches. There is a lot of pressure on them as they are standing on the brink of elimination. However, their victory over Auckland earlier in the season might give them some confidence heading into this game. Auckland, on the other hand, have started to look good and are clawing their way back into the tournament. They are coming on the back of two consecutive wins and will be carrying plenty of momentum with them. Moreover, Canterbury will miss the services of Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Matt Henry who are all away on international duties which means there will be plenty of inexperience in the side. Auckland Aces had faced defeat in the reverse encounter and we expect them to exact their revenge in this round 2 clash.