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Wellington vs Auckland Super Smash T20 Match Prediction

  • Dec 24, 2020
  • 06:10:00, GMT +5:30
  • Basin Reserve - Wellington, New Zealand
2020-12-24 06:10:00
Wellington Firebirds WEL Wellington Firebirds
Auckland Aces AUK Auckland Aces

Betting Tips

  • Both teams are missing their key players. For Wellington, Devon Convay and Jimmy Neesham won’t be available while Auckland will be without the services of Glenn Phillips, Martin Guptil, Mark Chapman and Kyle Jamieson.
  • Wellington defeated Auckland in the last year final but overall, Auckland has got the better of Wellington. Out of the 27 matches against each other, Auckland has 16 wins against their name.
  • Players like Colin Munro and Ben Lister brings in a lot of experience wit them which gives Auckland a definite edge over the hosts.
Wellington Firebirds

Our Pick Auckland are favorites to win

Posted On 22nd December 2020 05:47:06
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Posted by Kavin

WEL vs AUK T20 Prediction & Betting Tips, Super Smash 2020

The Super Smash 2020-21 will kick off with Wellington hosting Auckland at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The enthralling contest will be played on 24th December and is scheduled to begin at 1:40 PM local time.

New Zealand’s most popular T-20 league Super Smash is all set for an sizzling start with the defending champions Wellington taking on the 2019-20 runners up Auckland at Basin Reserve. Wellington had a dream run in the previous season as they got their hands on their third Super Smash title. With 6 wins and 4 losses in the league stages, they were the best team of the season. 

Wellington look pretty good this time around as well. With Andrew Fletcher, Lauchie Johns, Jakob Bhula, Finn Allen, Troy Johnson, Jamie Gibson and Michael Bracewell, they’ve a pretty decent batting  line up while Olly Newton, Hemish Bennett, Rachin Ravindra Logan van Beek and Peter Younghusband forms a quality bowling attack. Players like Devon Conway and Jimmy Neesham are representing New Zealand against Pakistan thus won’t be available for the first match. 

The 4 times champions Auckland is one of the most successful teams in the competition. Even though they lost the final to Wellington, they were equally good in the tournament. Graeme Beghlin, Jamie Brown, William O Donnell, Robbie ODonnell, Ben Horne make up a solid batting line up.

 In the bowling department, Ben Lister, Olly Pringle, Louis Delport and William Somerville are quality bowlers. We have no update on Colin Munro, whether he’s available or not but if he’s available, he’ll be a big asset for his team. Also players like Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson will not be available for this match due to their international commitments. 

Looking at the history between these two teams, both have been very competitive. The teams are missing their big players thus it’ll all come down to the performance of their local players. There is very little to choose between the two but for us, Auckland’s batting look a little more decent than Wellington thus they’re our favourites for this match. 

WEL vs AUK Live streaming

TV channels: Sky Sports will broadcast the tournament in New Zealand and Australia while Star Sports have the broadcasting rights in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Maldives. If you’re from Pakistan, you can watch the match on PTV Sports. Willlow TV will stream the matches in United States while fans in South Africa can watch the games on SuperSport.

Live streaming: Livestream of the tournament will also be available on Fox Sports, SuperSport, Willow TV, and Willow HD

WEL vs AUK Toss Prediction

Toss will be very crucial as the history says that the teams batting first have a big advantage on this ground. 15 of the 24 matches played here are won by the team that has batted first.

Weather Report

The weather is not very promising as plenty of rain is expected on the match day. We’re keeping our fingers crossed so that rain gods stay away from the match. 

Pitch Condition

The match will be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. The wicket here is a very good wicket to bat on but offers enough assistance to the bowlers as well. Batting first, the average score on this ground is 158 which proves that this is not a very high scoring ground. However, putting runs on the board is the most feasible thing to do in Wellington as out of 24 matches played on this ground, 15 have been won by teams batting first.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Wellington vs Auckland, Super Smash 2020-21.

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces

Wellington Firebirds Team News & Playing 11

WEL Team News

The defending champions will be without the services of Tom Blundell, Devon Conway and Jimmy Neesham, all of them are the part of the New Zealand squad that are taking on Pakistan in the three match T-20 series. They’re most likely to join the team before the next match. Blundell however will won’t be returning as he’s the part of the Test squad as well.

WEL Key Players

  • Michael Bracewell - Among all, Michael Bracewell looks to be the best batsmen in this Wellington line up. Being the skipper, he has an additional responsibility. He definitely would be eager to start the tournament on a high.
  • Rachin Ravindra - Rachin Ravindra is a quality all rounder who can prove to be vital for Wellington. He’s a brilliant record for his team in domestic circuit and Wellington will expect similar kind of commitment from him in this tournament. 
  • Hemish Bennett - Hamish Bennett has been sensational for Wellington in the last few years. In the final last year, he was their ace performer with the ball. He’ll can be backed to come good against Auckland and start the tournament on a high.

WEL Team Form

Wellington is among the most successful teams of the competence. The 3 times champions will be looking to start the tournament on a positive note. They’re missing some of their big players like Devon Convey and Jimmy Neesham but they have enough firepower in their team to give Auckland a run for their money.

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing 11

Andrew Fletcher, Lauchie Johns(WK), Jakob Bhula, Finn Allen, Troy Johnson, Michael Bracewell©, Rachin Ravindra, Hemish Bennett, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Ollie Newton

Auckland Aces Team News & Playing 11

AUK Team News

Auckland too are missing their big guns like Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Kyle Jamieson. Apart from Kyle Jamieson, who’ll also play the Test series, all of them will possibly be back before the next match.  

AUK Key Players

  • Colin Munro - We expect Colin Munro to be available for this match. We all know how dangerous he can be in this format of the game. Auckland will definitely back on him to ge them off to a rollicking start.
  • Robert O Donnell - Robert ODonnell is one of Auckland’s main players. He had a decent last season and will be looking to kick off his campaign on a grand note.
  • William Somerville - William Somerville is a very experienced T-20 bowler. He’s a quiality spinner and can be very hard to get away. He’ll fancy his chances on this Wellington wicket.

AUK Team Form

Auckland is one of the most consistent teams of the tournament. They made it to the finals in the last season but suffered a massive lost to Wellington. Earlier, they had a fantastic 2018-19 season where they reached the preliminary final. They last won the trophy in 2015-16

Auckland Aces Predicted Playing 11

Colin Munro, Graeme Beghlin, Jamie Brown, William O Donnell, Robert ODonnell©, Ben Horne(WK), Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Lister, Olly Pringle, Louis Delport, William Somerville

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Team Form in Last Five Matches

WEL : L W NR W L

AUK : W L L W L

WEL vs AUK Head to Head

Auckland have got the better of Wellington on 16 occasion while Wellington have 11 matches.

WEL vs AUK Head to Head Stats in T20

Matches Played WEL Won AUK Won Tie No Result
27 11 16 0 0

Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces Prediction

Both teams are without their big names thus the match can go either way but Auckland have a little more quality in their batting with players like Colin Munro thus are out favourites for this match. 

Final Verdict

Auckland to beat Wellington

WEL vs AUK Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket-keeper(s)

    Ben Horne at 8.5 is our preferred pick for the wicket keeper. We’re short on options as most of the main players are not available thus Horne is the best you can get. He’s an impressive record for Auckland and will be eager to start of well. 

  • Batsmen

    Michael Bracewell at 9.5, Andrew Fletcher at 9.0, Robert O’Donnell at 9.0, Will O’Donnell at 9.0 and Troy Johnson at 8.5 form a strong batting attack. All these players are big names in New Zealand’s domestic circuit and are coming into the tournament with some runs behind them.

  • All-rounders

    Rachin Ravindra at 9.5 is the only all rounder in our team. Ravindra can bat up the order and bowl is full quota of 4 overs thus he’s a valuable addition to any team. 

  • Bowlers

    Logan van Beek at 9.0, Hemish Bennett at 9.0 William Somerville at 8.5 and Louis Delport are the best bowlers you can select from this section. Hemish Bennett was the star for Wellington in te final last year and he’s been in very good form. William Somerville brings in a lot of experience in the team and in these conditions can be very handy. Other bowers like Louis Delport and Logan van Beek have been decent too.

  • Captain/vice-captain

    Rachin Ravindra with his all round skills can be handy thus he’s our pick for the skipper while Michael Bracewell can be selected as his deputy

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