SSL 2018-19 Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces 19th Match Prediction. After going down to the Knights in their last game, Wellington Firebirds will look to get back on the winning track when they face a desperate Auckland Aces in this 19th fixture of the Super Smash 2018-19. The match is scheduled to be played on January 18 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Live action will commence at 4 PM local time.
- Wellington Firebirds will be playing at their home ground but they have lost three of their last four matches here.
- Auckland Aces have a good record against Wellington Firebirds – they have won 14 out of the 23 matches played against them.
- Compared to Wellington, Auckland have a much stronger batting line-up with the likes of Munro, Guptill and Chapman in the side.
Our Pick: Auckland Aces
ABOUT THE MATCH
The Super Smash T20 2019 has come along pretty nicely and the league table is very close right now. The Northern Knights are the only the side to have separated themselves from the rest but only one win separates everyone else.
This next match will see the Wellington Firebirds take on the Auckland Aces. The Firebirds have won two out of their six matches of which one was a washout while the Aces have won one of their five matches in the Super Smash this season. Two matches of the Auckland Aces were washed out as well.
Now that the New Zealand international players are once again available for the Super Smash matches, we can expect the caliber of the cricket to improve as well.
WEL vs AUK, Super Smash 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11
Their top-order batting has been impressive this Super Smash
Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11
- Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Adam Hose, Troy Johnson, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Pollard, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Ian McPeake, Hamish Bennett (c)
Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11
Auckland have a formidable batting line-up with the opening pair of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill holding the key. They are two of the world’s most dangerous batsmen in white-ball cricket and stopping them is very difficult once they get going. Guptill has hit a fifty in both the matches he has played and the team will want him to continue his fine form. Mark Chapman blitzed 64 runs off just 24 balls against Wellington last season and he will be looking to repeat his heroics. In terms of bowling, Auckland will rely mainly on Mitchell McClenaghan who has been the pick of their bowlers with six wickets in three games at a pretty good economy of 7. The Kiwi fast bowler, who recently notched up a three-wicket haul against the Knights, will pose the biggest threat to Wellington. Matthew Quinn and Donovan Grobbelaar have been doing a decent job with the ball and they will look to maintain the pressure created by McClenaghan.
Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11
- Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O’Donnell, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
WEL : L W W L NR
AUK : NR L L W NR
WEL vs AUK Head to Head
Wellington Firebirds and Auckland Aces have played 23 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments with the latter leading the scoreline 14-9.
Wellington Firebirds have won two of the last three completed matches they have played against Auckland Aces.
Two of the most recent encounters between these two sides had to be abandoned due to rain, including the reverse encounter last month at Auckland.
Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Prediction
Auckland Aces will draw plenty of confidence from the fact that they have beaten Wellington Firebirds 14 times in the 23 matches they have played against them and that they beat them the last time these two teams faced each other in a completed match. But they will be playing under a little more pressure as they are coming into this match without a win in their last three matches. Wellington, on the other hand, have won two of their last three matches and they also have the home advantage in their favor. However, they have lost three of their last four matches played at this ground which is something that could play on their mind. Although Wellington are by no means a weaker team, we feel that Auckland due to their impressive batting strength and depth have a better chance of winning this match.