Wellington vs Auckland T20 Prediction

  • Jan 12, 2020
  • 08:40:00, GMT +5:30
  • Basin Reserve - Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington Firebirds WEL Wellington Firebirds
Auckland Aces AUK Auckland Aces

Betting Tips

  • Table-topping Wellington Firebirds conclude their 2019-20 Super Smash campaign against Auckland Aces.
  • The Firebirds lost in dramatic circumstances last time out, but with six wins from nine matches they are clear at the top of the table and a win will ensure they go into the final with momentum behind them.
  • Auckland Aces, meanwhile, sit fifth in the table after their fourth defeat in seven completed games last time out. That resulted ended a winning streak that had otherwise looked to be carrying them into play-off contention.
Wellington Firebirds

Our Pick Wellington are favorites to win.

Posted On 12th January 2020 09:50:12
Posted by Joy

Who will win Wellington vs Auckland, Super Smash 2020?

Wellington Firebirds will look to move into the Super Smash 2019-20 with some momentum behind them as they look to get back to winning ways in their final game against Auckland Aces. The match takes place on January 12 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve and the live action starts at 16:10 local time.

The Firebirds lost to Canterbury Kings last time out, losing five wickets in the final 15 balls as they suffered a three-run defeat. They had otherwise been in excellent form, with six wins so far, and with Devon Conway in fine form they will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways.

Auckland Aces, on the other hand, could not make it three wins in a row last time out – failing to defend 170/7 against bottom-of-the-league Northern Knights. It halted their charge towards getting into play-off contention.

WEL vs AUK, Super Smash 2020: Where to watch/Live streaming

Live TV: Sky Sport NZ, Radio Sport, Star Sports

Live streaming: Sky Go, Hotstar

WEL vs AUK Toss Prediction

Wellington Firebirds have lost the toss in each of their last two matches and will be keen to bat first at Basin Reserve this time out.

WEL vs AUK Weather Report

A windy, cloudy, humid day awaits in Wellington. The chance of rain is relatively low until much later in the evening, however.

WEL vs AUK Pitch Condition

Basin Reserve tends to favour teams batting first, as was the case again last time out – albeit in much more dramatic circumstances.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Wellington vs Auckland, Super Smash 2020...

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces

Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11

WEL Team News

Lauchie Johns kept wicket last time out after replacing Jimmy Neesham in the starting XI but the Firebirds could be back to full strength as they look to build momentum.

WEL Key Players

Devon Conway: Followed up his century against Otago Volts with 52 from 39 balls last time out. The South African opener now has 425 runs in this season’s competition, including four half-centuries and his unbeaten 101.

Michael Pollard: Overshadowed by his opening partner’s form, but he does have three half-centuries to his name this season too.

Ollie Newton: Wicketless last time out, but with 15 wickets to his name this season there is no doubt he has been key to the Firebirds’ success.

WEL Team Form

Wellington Firebirds have won six times this Super Smash season, most recently thrashing Otago Volts by ten wickets thanks to Devon Conway (101*) and Michael Polllard (63*). They suffered a rare defeat last time out, however, despite another Conway half-century as they pursued 149 to beat Canterbury Kings. They were on the brink of victory but five wickets in the final 15 balls, including two in the last two, saw them finish short on 145/9.

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11

Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell (c), Jimmy Neesham, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Peter Younghusband, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett

Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11

AUK Team News

Glenn Phillips and Kyle Jamieson returned for Auckland Aces last time out, though Phillips was not behind the stumps - Ben Horne kept wicket instead.

AUK Key Players

Martin Guptill: Smashed 42 in a quickfire opening partnership with Martin Guptill last time out and he now has 290 runs in the tournament. It is the fourth time he has been out in the 40s, and he also hit 83* against Canterbury Kings.

Kyle Jamieson: Returned to the team with three wickets last time out and he now has 41 in 26 T20 appearances in total.

Glenn Phillips: Back after his brief sojourn for international duty, he hit 22 last time out and will want to get back to the form he showed when he hit an unbeaten century against Otago earlier in the tournament.

AUK Team Form

Auckland Aces had won three of their last four games and two in a row – against Canterbury Kings chasing 195 and Central Stags pursuing 139 – before defeat last time out kept them short of the play-off places.

Colin Munro (44) and Martin Guptill (42) had got them off to a great start, with 90 in the first ten overs, and they finished 170/7 against Northern Knights. Kyle Jamieson and Ronnie Hira then took three wickets apiece, but they could not prevent a three-wicket defeat with an over to spare.

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Corey Anderson, Craig Cachopa (c), Ben Horne, Kyle Jamieson, Ronnie Hira, Benjamin Lister, Mitchell McClenaghan

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Team Form in Last Five Matches



WEL vs AUK Head to Head

Wellington won comfortably when these teams last met – Devon Conway smashing an unbeaten 78 from 54 balls as they reached 137/3 in 18.3 overs for a seven-wicket win. Auckland Aces still dominate the head-to-head, however – they have won 15 of their 28 previous meetings, including the first eight T20 matches between these two.

WEL vs AUK Head to Head Stats

Matches Played WEL Won AUK Won Tie No Result
28 10 15 0 3

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Betting Odds

While the Firebirds are flying high at the top of the table, the bookmakers are actually split – Bet365 are offering 1.90 on Wellington Firebirds to win and also 1.90 on Auckland Aces to win.
Devon Conway is in fine form and he is 3.00 to be Wellington Firebirds’ top team batsman and Michael Pollard, his in-form opening partner, can be backed at 4.33. The Auckland opening pairing of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are 3.00 and 3.60 respectively. Glenn Phillips can be backed at 5.00.

On the bowling front, Ollie Newton is a generous 4.00 to be the Firebirds’ top team bowler with Bet365 and Hamish Bennett can be backed at 3.75. Ronnie Hira is 3.75 with Bet365 to be the Aces’ top team bowler, meanwhile, ahead of Mitchell McClenaghan at 4.00 and Ben Lister and Kyle Jamieson at 4.50.

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Prediction

Wellington Firebirds lost last time out but the momentum was building before that and with Devon Conway on top form they can see off Auckland Aces.

Final Verdict

Back Wellington Firebirds to beat Auckland Aces.

WEL vs AUK Dream11 Prediction


Devon Conway has been the outstanding player for Wellington Firebirds in this tournament and he continued his superb batting form last time out. He now has 647 runs and costs just 9.5 credits – great value considering. Glenn Phillips is back for Auckland, meanwhile, and he could be worth picking at the same price too.


Auckland Aces’ opening pair Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are 10.5 and ten credits respectively, but both were in top form again last time out. If you only pick one, Guptill has been more consistent, but both are worth a punt. Michael Pollard has three half-centuries for Wellington and is great value at 8.5 credits, meanwhile, and Michael Bracewell’s bowling makes him worth picking at 8.5 credits too.


Jimmy Neesham did not bowl or bat against Otago Volts and did not play last time out. At ten credits, he could be too big a risk. Rachin Ravindra is 8.5 credits, meanwhile – much better value, especially as he has 404 points so far. Kyle Jamieson took three wickets last time out, meanwhile, and could also be worth picking.


Alternatively, Ollie Newton and Hamish Bennett will lead the Wellington bowling attack and both are in top form, as is Ronnie Hira for Auckland. Picking those three would leave no room for Mitchell McClenaghan, but he has been inconsistent.


Devon Conway’s consistent batting form makes him hard to overlook. He has scored runs consistently and is a key part of the Wellington line-up. With the ball, meanwhile, Ollie Newton was wicketless last time out but took 15 in the previous eight games – more of the same will prove his worth.

WEL vs AUK Dream11 Team

Martin Guptill Rachin Ravindra Devon Conway (c) Ollie Newton (vc)
Colin Munro Kyle Jamieson Glenn Phillips Hamish Bennett
Michael Bracewell     Ronnie Hira
Michael Pollard      

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