OV vs AA Dream11: The Plunkett Shield match between Otago and Auckland will commence on March 18. This will be the 17th match of this season. Both the teams competed against each other in their last league and the match ended with Auckland winning the match by an innings and 129 runs. The Otago team has won 1 out of the 5 games, while Auckland has 2 wins out of the same matches. The Otago team will expect Rutherford and Rippon to perform well, while Auckland’s most important players will be Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman.
Fixture name: 17th Match
Competition: Plunket Shield 2020-21
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Sunday, March 21, 2021
Time: 3:00 AM IST
Team Form Guide:
OV (recent last) L D W L L
AA (recent last) D D D W W
Standings (different groups): OV 5, AA 3
Ground: Queen’s Park, Invercargill
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Otago 283/7 won by 3 runs against Auckland 280/7 in the Ford Trophy 2018/19.
Pitch Report: The curator expects the pacers to get help from the surface on Day 1, and then the pitch will be good for batting for the remaining days.
OV vs AA Playing 11:
AA Team News
The Auckland team has been average in this year’s tournament. The team has a good opening pair in Solia and W Donnell. While Glenn Phillips has been a regular player of the national team and will play a key role in this match. Captain R Donnell has been consistent this domestic season and would look to help the team in crucial situations.
One of the main reasons the team is struggling to get enough wins is due to their inexperienced bowling attack. Apart from Somerville, none of them have good domestic experience. In the last match, Delport picked 7 wickets that will keep him upbeat ahead of this match.
Injury update, unavailability: None
Expected team changes: Mark Chapman, the middle-order batsman has been called up to the ODI squad and will be replaced by Cole Shield.
AA Playing 11 (likely)
1. Sean Solia
2. William O Donnell
3. Glenn Phillips
4. Mark Chapman
5. Robert ODonnell (c)
6. Ben Horne (wk)
7. Ross ter Braak
8. William Somerville
9. Danru Ferns
10. Louis Delport
11. Olly Pringle
OV Team News
The Otago team has not been consistent with their performances. They have 3 matches remaining in the tournament and they would look to start their winning momentum. In the last match, they lost to Canterbury by 188 runs. The team’s experienced openers Rutherford and Kitchen provided a good start to the team in both innings. While notable contributions were made from other batsmen in the first innings, but they faltered in the 2nd innings which caused the team a loss in the match. The bowlers Rippon and Muller were impressive in both innings and would look to continue the same form.
Injury update, unavailability: None
Expected team changes The team is expected to bring Matthew Bacon in place of Jacob Duffy
OV Playing 11 (likely)
1. Hamish Rutherford (c)
2. Anaru Kitchen
3. Mitch Renwick
4. Dale Phillips
5. Nick Kelly
6. Nathan Smith
7. Michael Rippon
8. Max Chu (wk)
9. Matthew Bacon
10. Michael Rae
11. Travis Muller
Who will win today match
The Auckland team will win this match due to the experienced players like Phillips and Solia. While the Donnell pairs can prove to be handy as they have been consistent this season. The bowling of both teams are average and would expect the most from the batting department. If Otago has to win the Dream 11 OV vs AA Today match prediction, they will need excellent performances from Rutherford and Rippon.
Fantasy Cricket Tips, Captain & Differential Picks
G Phillips – The experienced batsman who has been a regular player for the national team has the capability to stabilize the team and has good experience over the years.
First-class Career Record- 2160 Runs, Bat. AVG. 39.27
G Phillips in Plunkett Shield 2020/21 – 370 Runs, Bat. AVG. 123.30
H Rutherford- The captain of the Otago team has played for New Zealand across all the formats and has been playing well in this season as well.
First-class Career Record- 6592 Runs, Bat. AVG. 35.82
H Rutherford in Plunkett Shield 2020/21- 350 Runs, Bat. AVG. 35
S Solia- The player who has the ability to contribute in both the departments can be a differential pick for your team in the OV vs AA Dream 11 prediction.
First-class Career Record- 1244 Runs, Bat. AVG. 26.46 and 53 Wickets, Bat. AVG. 28.09
S Solia in Plunkett Shield 2020/21- 12 Wickets, Bat. AVG. 12.08
WK: G Phillips, B Horne
BAT: H Rutherford, N Kelly, R’O Donnell
BOWL: S Solia, A Kitchen
WK: M Rippon, W Somerville, L Delport, T Muller