The match will be played at the Basin Reserve which is the home ground of Wellington Firebirds. However, they have lost three of the last four matches here. The Firebirds have won two out of the last three matches against the Aces. Interestingly, both of their last two encounters have been washed out.
The top order of Wellington Firebirds has done the bulk of the scoring with Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway and Adam Hose impressing along the way. Bracewell has hit three half-centuries and is the highest run-getter of the tournament with 218 runs. Hose also has two fifties against his name.
With the ball, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel and Hamish Bennett have been good. While Newton has eight wickets, the other two have seven each.
Auckland Aces were desperately in need of their star players who were occupied in the series against Sri Lanka. Now that openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are back in the team, they boast of a formidable batting order with Mark Chapman to follow.
Mitchell McClenaghan has had a great impact in the three matches that he has played and is the leading wicket-taker. Matthew Quinn and William Sommerville have also been decent.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Wellington Firebirds- 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- Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips (wk), Mark Chapman, Craig Cachopa (c), Robert O'Donnell, Donovan Grobbelaar, Ronnie Hira, William Somerville, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matthew
Who will win? – Auckland Aces
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Colin Munro (Auckland Aces), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mitchell McClenaghan (Auckland Aces), Hamish Bennett (Wellington Firebirds)
Most Sixes – Colin Munro (Auckland Aces), Michael Bracewell (Wellington Firebirds)
Team Scores Batting First – Auckland Aces 145+, Wellington Firebirds 130+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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