This will be the sixteenth match of the tournament between the Firebirds and the Aces . Despite having New Zealand team openers, a potential keeper in Glenn Phillips and Mitchell McClenaghan in Auckland side, their performance has been very mediocre so far and they will be eyeing these two points to get to the second spot. On the other hand the Firebirds have done a fantastic job so far and are placed second. They have banked on the performance of Michael Pollard, Daniel Conway and James Neesham in this tournament. They are placed second and can move to the first place if they win this game with a better run rate. The Aces have the potential to defeat the Firebirds but it looks highly unlike .
16th match: Wellington Firebirds vs Auckland Aces
Monday, December 30
Eden Park Outer Oval
This pitch has been a high scoring one and the average score batting first is 177 and chasing has been easy here as team’s have chased down the targets successfully 11 out of 20 times. So chasing will be preferred.
The weather is expected to be cloudy with temperature around 22 degree Celsius. No rain is predicted
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D Conway(wk), M Pollard, R Ravindra, J Neesham, M Bracewell(c), F Colson, J Gibson, M Nofal, O Newton, H Bennett, L van Beek
M Guptill, C Munro, G Phillips(wk), M Chapman, C Anderson, C Cachopa(c), S Solia, R Hira, B Lister, R Braak, M McClenaghan
Michael Pollard has made 143 runs in four games at an average of 35. He opens the batting along with D Conway.
Daniel Conway has made 154 runs at an average of 51 in four games and has scored two fifties and he will be a good pick.
Glenn Phillips has made 134 runs in three innings at an average of 67 and he bats at the fall pf one wicket. He has scored one fifty so far.
Mitchell McClenaghan has picked 4 wickets in 5 games for the Aces and is their leading wicket taker. He opens the bowling in the power play and comes back to bowl in the death.
1. Glenn Phillips
2. Michael Pollard
3. Daniel Conway
4. James Neesham
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
D Conway, Grade A, Points:50-60
G Phillips, Grade A, Points:70-80
M Pollard, Grade A, Points:90-100
C Cachopa, Grade A, Points:60-70
M Bracewell, Grade A, Points:40-50,
S Solia, Grade A, Points:50-55
J Neesham, Grade A, Points:50-60
J Patel, Grade A+, Points:90-100
R Hira, Grade A, Points:40-50
O Newton, Grade B, Points:20-30
M McClenaghan, Grade A, Points:50-60
The views expressed here are that of the author and not an actual reflection of the number of points that the player will earn.