The 28th match of the Women’s Super Smash will be played between Canterbury Magicians and Otago Sparks on February 4 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The game will begin at 2.30 AM IST (10 AM LOCAL).
Both teams will play their ninth game in the competition. While Canterbury Magicians have won six out of their eight matches, Otago Sparks have won four and lost three, with one match not producing a result.
Canterbury Magicians: Laura Hughes (wk), Kirsty Nation, Allie Mace-Cochrane, Natalie Cox, Abigale Gerken, Emma Kench, Amy Satterthwaite (c), Frances Mackay, Jacinta Savage, Georgia Edge, Lea Tahuhu, Sarah Asmussen, Gabby Sullivan, Melissa Banks, Jessica Simmons, Kate Sims, Jodie Dean, Kristy Havill
Otago Sparks: Bella James, Felicity Leydon-Davis, Olivia Gain, Paige Loggenberg, Saffron Wilson, Suzie Bates, Caitlin Blakely, Gemma Adams, Kate Ebrahim, Jordan Meltzer (Wk), Polly Inglis (Wk), Sophie Gray (Wk), Chloe Deerness, Eden Carson, Emma Black, Hayley Jensen, Molly Loe, Sophie Oldershaw
Players to Watch
The right-handed opening batter of Canterbury Magicians packed a punch with a blistering 92 not out off 69 balls in her last outing against Central Hinds. She blasted 14 boundaries in her entertaining innings and guided her team to 156/4 in 20 overs. She also opened the bowling and claimed 14/1 in three overs.
The captain of Canterbury Magicians scored 22 off 17 in the last fixture against Central Hinds. The southpaw, batting at number four, smashed three boundaries. She also bowled three overs of right-arm off-spin and conceded 20 runs.
The wily right-arm leg-spinner of Otago Sparks was the pick of the bowlers for her side in the last match against Central Hinds. She snapped 24/3 in four overs and bowled well in the middle phase of the innings.
The wicket-keeper and right-handed top-order batter of Otago Sparks led the run chase from the front in the last encounter against Central Hinds. She mustered an undefeated 30 off 35, including three hits to the fence. She came into bat in the fourth over and was there till the end.
It will be the fifth game of the tournament at the venue. Out of the four matches played here, the teams batting first and second have won two each. The average first innings score is 137, and the average second innings score is 123. The wicket looks good for batting. A high-scoring contest could be on the cards.
The weather is expected to be very warm with sunshine. It will be breezy in the afternoon. The maximum temperature attained during the day will be 29 degrees Celsius. There will be a four percent cloud cover and a two percent chance of rain. The wind will blow from the north-northeast.
Fantasy Playing XI
Polly Inglis, Laura Hughes, Suzie Bates, Kate Anderson, Natalie Cox, Amy Satterthwaite, Kate Ebrahim, Caitlin Blakely, Gabby Sullivan, Emma Black, Sophie Oldershaw
Date: February 4, 2022
Time: 2.30 AM IST (10 AM LOCAL)
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
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