2019-20 Super Smash – Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Sunday 12th January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Basin Reserve, Wellington

What is the expected weather for Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds? 19c in partly cloudy skies but very little chance of rain

What channel is Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Auckland Aces vs Wellington Firebirds? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET20

THE TEAM NEWS

AUCKLAND ACES

  • Auckland Aces can still advance to the finals of the Super Smash but their defeat against Northern Knights in their last contest means they have to win their final game of the group stage to have any chance of advancing.
  • The Aces got off to a strong start with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro combined for a first-wicket stand of 90 but despite their best efforts, they both fell within the space of six balls and Auckland failed to kick-on from that point as they ended on 170/7.
  • Ronnie Hira and Kyle Jamieson combined for three wickets apiece but the Aces struggled to deal with the Knights’ solid start to their innings and fell to a three-wicket loss as their opposition surpassed their total with relative ease.

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

  • Wellington Firebirds fell to a shock loss against Canterbury Kings as they were unable to make it three wins in a row but can still finish top of the standings if they win this final game before they compete in the finals.
  • The Firebirds were left with 149 to chase for the win after they were asked to field first and would have been confident after doing a good job to prevent the Kings racking up a larger total with a solid bowling effort.
  • After his unbeaten ton in the Firebirds’ previous game, Devon Conway carried on where he left off with 51 and despite needing just 23 from the final three overs, it was not to be for Wellington as they lost five wickets in that period to end up losing by three runs.

THE PREDICTION

Auckland Aces and Wellington Firebirds both have plenty to play for in their final game of the group stage. The Aces need a win to give themselves a chance of making the finals while the Firebirds will finish top of the standings with a victory. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of a loss but the Firebirds have been the best team throughout this competition and would have won again last time out had it not been for a late batting collapse. They should have too much for the Aces and that will eliminate Auckland from the tournament.

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