AUK vs WEL Dream11 Team Prediction: The 15th match of the Ford Trophy 2020-21 will be played between Auckland and Wellington here at Eden Park Outer Oval in Auckland. Both the teams have had a mediocre tournament so far with just 1 win in 4 matches so far. Defending champions Auckland have had a slow start to their season. Munro’s unavailability hasn’t helps its cause either. But the return of Martin Guptill to the eleven and William O’Donnell form has been a positive for them. The bowling has looked impressive with off-spinner Will Somerville and left-armer Ross ter Braak the consistent performers so far. The defending champions will look to regroup once again with a win in this game.
Wellington meanwhile, are not in a different situation either in the points table. Their last match was abandoned due to rain which leaves them to a tricky position in the points table. After two low scores, Jacob Bhula played a match winning knock of 97 and steered his team home. Him and skipper Michael Bracewell are two consistent performers of this batting line-up. With Peter Younghusband looking impressive with his legspin, the spin bowling looks in good hands. The fast bowling is something where Wellington has struggled this season and they will look to strengthen that aspect of their line-up.
AUK vs WEL Dream11 match details
Fixture name: Auckland vs Wellington
Competition: Ford Trophy 2020-21
Date: 13 December, 2020
Time: 3: 30 AM IST
Ground: Eden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Otago 229/4 (43.1 overs) beat Auckland 225 (48.3 overs) by 6 wickets on December 8, 2020.
AUK (recent last) W L L W L
WEL (recent last) L L L W NR
Points Table Standings: AUK 5, WEL 4
Pitch Report: The pitch at Outer Oval at Eden Park is good for batting with short boundaries favoring the batsmen though the conditions game will be helpful for seam bowlers. The weather conditions will be cloudy with chances of rain in between the match. The bowlers are expected to gain movement due to the overcast conditions. The team winning the toss is expected to bowl first given the chances of rain.
AUK Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Munro remains unavailable due to his BBL commitments. All the other players are available for selection.
Expected team changes- Auckland might bring back Graeme Beghin in place of Bradley Rodden to boost their top order.
AUK Playing 11 (probable)
R O’Donnell (C)
G Beghin/ B Rodden
B Horne (wk)
R ter Braak
WEL Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Hamish Bennett bowled just 3 overs in the last game before pulling out of the attack. He had been struggling with the soreness of abdominal niggle that he suffered recently. His availability is not yet confirmed. Tom Blundell remains unavailable due to his international commitments.
Expected team changes- If Bennett is unfit, James Hartshorn may get a game in place of him. Rest of the eleven is expected to be the same.
WEL Playing 11 (probable)
L Johns (wk)
M Bracewell (C)
H Bennett/ J Hartshorn
AUK vs WEL Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks
M Guptill- Guptill has been an ODI stalwart for NZ in the last few years and one of the most regular players in white ball cricket going around. His experience will come in handy for this game.
List A Career: Runs 9441, Avg. 43
Guptill this season: Runs 76, Avg. 38
W O’Donnell- O’Donnell has been the highest run scorer of the tournament for his team so far. Batting at No.3, he has scored two half centuries in his last two innings and looks good for a big one here.
List A Career: Runs 317, Avg. 26
W O’Donnell this season: Runs 201, Avg. 50
R Harrison- The all-rounder is a vital cog in this Auckland line-up. He can provide the finishing touches and also bowls some useful medium pace. His all-round abilities ensure he is a top pick in the AUK vs WEL Dream11 Prediction.
List A Career: Wkts 5, Bowl Avg. 17
Harrison this season: Wkts 5, Bowl Avg. 17
J Bhula- He played a match winning innings and remained not out in the last game which was also Wellington’s first win of the season. He will be expected to maintain his consistency and score a big one in this game.
List A Career: Runs 365, Avg. 23
Bhula this season: Runs 105, Avg. 52
P Younghusband- The leg-spinner is having a good tournament so far and has been lethal with his googlies. He has also scored some crucial runs down the order. He is the top wicket-taker so far for his team and is expected to continue his good form for this game.
List A Career: Runs 251, Bat Avg. 16, Wkts 23, Bowl Avg. 48
Younghusband this season: Runs 35, Bat Avg. 35, Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 22
M Bracewell- The skipper has been the highest run scorer so far for his team and has looked in decent form so far. Batting at the middle order, he plays the spinners well and at a good strike rate. He has also picked up 3 wickets in this competition so far.
List A Career: Runs 2857, Bat Avg. 33, Wkts 9, Bowl Avg. 38
Bracewell this season: Runs 149, Bat Avg. 49, Wkts 3, Bowl Avg. 33
R ter Braak- The young left-armer has been impressive on his debut List A competition. He has also made some notable contributions with the bat this season.
List A Career: Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 26
Braak this season: Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 26
B Sears- Sears has played just one game in this season but was impressive. He is expected to retain his place in the eleven given the overcast conditions scheduled for the day.
List A Career: Wkts 16, Bowl Avg. 28
Sears this season: Wkts 2, Bowl Avg. 24