- Match: Auckland Hearts Women vs Wellington Blaze Women
- Date- 20th January 2022
- Match Format- T20
- Venue- Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
- Time- 02:40 AM IST
- Weather Forecast- Cloudy 18-25 °C
AH-W vs WB-W, General Online Betting Odds
Auckland Hearts Women- 4.33
Wellington Blaze Women- 1.22
AH-W vs WB-W Today Match Prediction, 20th January
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Auckland Hearts Women
Auckland Hearts Women will face Wellington Blaze Women in the 8th match of the Women Super Smash of this season as Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland will host this fixture. They are currently placed in the 3rd spot on the points table with four wins and four losses in the tournament so far.
They faced Canterbury Magicians Women in their last outing which they won by 8 runs. After being asked to bat first Auckland posted a target of 131 runs by the end of 20 overs. Katie Perkins was their highest contributor with 29 Runs while Isabella Gaze and Saachi Shahri put up a brief partnership of 40 odd to take their side to a decent total.
In return, the Magicians’ innings concluded at 123 by the end of 20 overs as the Hearts bowlers put a great effort collectively to restrict the Magician batters. All of their bowlers picked wickets while Arlene Kelly starred with the ball bagging two scalps with a 3.25 Economy.
Top Batsmen for Auckland Hearts-
- Lauren Down- 187 Runs in 8 Matches, 99.46 Strike Rate
- Katie Perkins- 151 Runs in 8 Matches, 82.96 Strike Rate
Top Bowlers for Auckland Hearts-
- Arlene Kelly- 7 Wickets in 8 matches, 5.50 Economy
- Holly Huddleston- 6 Wickets in 7 Matches, 6.17 Economy
Wellington Blaze Women
Wellington Blaze is currently in a good zone in this tournament, as they too haven’t lost a single game so far in this tournament. They batted first in most of the matches and restricted the opposition by large margins. Currently, they are sitting on the top of the points table with 32 points having won eight out of eight games played so far.
Wellington faced Northern Brave in their last match which they won by eight wickets. After electing to bat first the Braves managed to reach a total of just 46 Runs as they couldn’t withstand the lethal bowling attack of Blaze. Xara Jetly completely annihilated the Brave batters bagging four scalps with an exceptional economy of 0.33 while Amelia Kerr picked three scalps.
In return, an unbeaten 20* and 11* from Sophie Devine and Maddy Green consecutively helped them to chase down the target in just 6.2 overs. They haven’t set a foot wrong so far in the tournament and both their departments look in lethal form.
Top Batsmen for Wellington Blaze-
- Amelia Kerr- 317 Runs in 8 Matches, 116.54 Strike Rate
- Leigh Kasperek- 130 Runs in 8 Matches, 114.03 Strike Rate
Top Bowlers for Wellington Women-
- Jess Kerr– 14 Wickets in 6 Matches, 4.85 Economy
- Xara Jetly- 13 Wickets in 8 Matches, 4.47 Economy
STATS – T20 Domestic
|Matches won batting first||11|
|Matches won bowling first||20|
|Average 1st Inns scores||168|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||145|
|Highest total recorded||Wellington 230/2|
|Lowest total recorded||Auckland 52/4|
The weather is expected to be mostly cloudy in Auckland during the course of this match while the chances of rain are very low. The temperature will hover around 18-25 °C
- Precipitation: 4%
- Humidity: 66%
- Wind: 23 km/h
The pitch at Eden Park Outer Oval is a balanced one. The new ball comes nicely onto the bat and expect the batters to play their strokes freely right from the start of their innings. The bowlers need to be accurate with their line and lengths while bowling on this surface.
AH-W vs WB-W, Today Match Prediction, Playing 11
Lauren Down (c), Bella Armstrong, Katie Perkins, Arlene Kelly, Isabella Gaze (wk), Saachi Shahri, Jesse Prasad, Molly Penfold, Fran Jonas, Amie Hucker, Skye Bowden
Wicketkeeper– Isabella Gaze
Batsmen- Katie Perkins, Saachi Shahri, Lauren Down, Skye Bowden
All-Rounders- Arlene Kelly, Jesse Prasad
Bowlers- Fran Jonas, Amie Hucker, Bella Armstrong, Molly Penfold
Wellington Blaze Women Playing 11-
Rebecca Burns, Jessica McFadyen, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green (c), Georgia Plimmer, Leigh Kasperek, Sophie Devine, Caitlin King, Xara Jetly, Thamsyn Newton, Jess Kerr
Wicketkeeper- Jessica McFadyen
Batsmen- Maddy Green, Rebecca Burns, Georgia Plimmer, Caitlin King
All-rounders- Amelia Kerr, Sophie Devine, Thamsyn Newton
Bowlers- Leigh Kasperek, Xara Jetly, Jess Kerr
AH-W vs WB-W, Who will win the match, Today Match Prediction
Wellington Blaze Women is expected to win against Auckland Hearts Women.
Wellington definitely looks like a more balanced side than Auckland Hearts with their in-form key players like Amelia Kerr and Xara Jetly. Backed by all wins so far in the tournament they are clear favorites to win this contest. Their bowlers performed exceptionally well in restricting the Braves to a mere total of 46 Runs.
On the other hand, Auckland is struggling with the overall performance of its squad in both departments. While their skipper, Lauren Down is the only player who has delivered so far in the tournament. Their whole batting lineup got knocked over by Canterbury in their last match for a low total. They really need to be on their toes to defeat the top team in the tournament.
Popular Betting Odds For AH-W vs WB-W Today Match Prediction, Cricket Betting Tips
Top Batsmen for Auckland Hearts Women- Katie Perkins
Perkins has always backed her side in every match possible. Once against Otago where she scored 29 Runs in 32 to take her side for a respectable total and again in the last match playing an important knock of 29 Runs against Canterbury. She is currently the second leading run-scorer for Auckland and has amassed 151 Runs in 8 games. As the Hearts batting department is currently failing to perform she will be a safe pick to place your bets on.
Top Batsman for Wellington Blaze Women- Sophie Devine
Sophie Devine is a good pick for her all-around abilities as a player. Playing her first match against Northern Brave she remained unbeaten for 20* while opening the batting. She has developed into one of the leading all-rounders and most destructive batters in the game. Devine is a good pick if she plays in this contest and is expected to score big.
Top Bowler for Auckland Hearts Women- Arlene Kelly
Though taking 7 wickets in 8 games so far Kelly is already way ahead of her peers and leading the wicket tally for Hearts Women. She was the only bowler who stood out in the last game against Canterbury where she bagged two scalps while conceding just 13 runs. We can expect some good bowling figures from her in this match as well. Kelly can prove to be a destructive batter in the top order as well and therefore is a good pick as a bowler to place your bets on.
Top Bowlers for Wellington Blaze Women– Xara Jetly
The 20-year-old completely bamboozled the Brave batting lineup with her off-break bowling as she bagged her career-best 4 scalps in the last game while conceding just a single run. So far she has picked 13 wickets in 8 games with an impressive economy of 4.47. Jetly is a must-pick given the current form she is in with the ball and is expected to pick one or two scalps heading into this contest.
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