Auckland v Hampshire, CLT20 qualifier, Centurion

Auckland aim for two-in-two

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

October 9, 2012

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October 10, 2012
Start time 1330 (1130 GMT)


Hampshire celebrate their Friends Life t20 title, Yorkshire v Hampshire, Friends Life t20 final, August 25, 2012
Hampshire are coming off a sparking limited-overs season in England © Getty Images
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How they qualified

Hampshire won the Friends Life t20 by beating Yorkshire by 10 runs in the final at Cardiff.

Big Picture

Hampshire are making their Champions League debut and on paper are a force to reckon with thanks to their limited-overs form this season, winning the Friends Life t20 and the CB40 competition. Led by Dimitri Mascarenhas, the county doesn't have any England stars, but have a couple of exciting overseas picks like Shahid Afridi - although not in the best of form - and Glenn Maxwell. This will be their only chance to make an impression here since English teams are likely to be absent from the next season. They didn't get off to a good start in the warm-ups, losing to Uva Next by six wickets.

One thing that will be in their favour is that their opponents Auckland played the late game on Tuesday, and will have to turn up for the first game on Wednesday. Auckland's new-ball bowlers were in top form against Sialkot Stallions, strangling the top order - No. 3 Haris Sohail took 13 deliveries to get off the mark as Kyle Mills bowled his way to the most economical figures in CLT20 history. Their batsmen were also canny in playing out the dangerous left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, while taking on some of the less threatening bowlers. The big win over Sialkot also means auckalnd's net run-rate gets a healthy boost, which could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies for the tournament proper.

Players to watch

Dimitri Mascarenhas was Hampshire's leading wicket-taker in the T20 competition in England with 15 wickets in 11 games and fifth best overall. What made his performance more commendable was the fact that he battled the pain of twice tearing tendons in his shoulder. He played a vital role in the knockouts, taking 2 for 11 in the semi-final and 2 for 20 in the final. His big hitting will be a plus for Hampshire.

Martin Guptill didn't have a productive World T20 for New Zealand, scoring 75 runs in four games. However, Auckland will need him to provide strong starts at the top of the order. Guptill was in spectacular form in the domestic HRV Cup 2011-12, scoring 504 runs in ten games, including a century. He found his touch against Sialkot as well, top scoring with a fluent 70 before picking out deep square leg with a powerful pull.

Quotes

"We haven't yet had a team from New Zealand go into the main tournament in the CLT20. So, that's something we want to prove to the world and to ourselves that we can do"
Auckland and New Zealand seamer Chris Martin.

"We're not expecting a whole lot from him with the bat, whatever we get is a bonus but we know he can do it if he has to. We will use him more as a bowler who can bat a bit."
Dimitri Mascarenhas on Shahid Afridi

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by corporaterock on (October 10, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

A team from New Zealand has never made it to the main tournament?? What about Central Stags in 2010?? And I thought, I had bad memory....

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (October 10, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

LOL "We are not expecting anythnig with bat from Afridi" says Dmitri. In my opinion its only die hard Afridi fans from LAlaLand who expect him to fire once in 5 years. Rest all know his full name is SHAHID Afridi 0(1) or sometimes 0(2).

Posted by DibblyDobbler2 on (October 10, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Good Luck ACES ....time for a Kiwi Team to qualify for the main tournament

Posted by vivek_khyati on (October 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

hey, guptill scored a fluent forty, not seventy!!

as english counties will not be seen since next year, i wish both hampshire and yorkshire qualify for the main event.. but, aukland aces seems to be in good touch.. would be tough for hampshire..

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Correction: Guptill scored 40 against Sialkot & not 70 as reported

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Good Luck Afridi we need you to come back strongly all nation with you and we support you because you did extremely well for Pakistan team and we are sure you to come back in strong fashion....Abdul Basit Ayubia

Posted by The Brats XI on (October 10, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

Lol on afridi's comment.....everyone he is the most destructive batsman...only one need is a wise captain who can use afridi at upper order n make him bowl as soon as the powerplay goes off.....then see the money worthy afridi !!!!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

shahid afridi will make a HUGE COMEBACK . all eyes will be on maxwell performance.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Afridi ofcourse he cant bat anymore

Posted by JG2704 on (October 9, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

Good luck Hants from a Somerset fan. I wonder what will happen if you come up against Mckenzie. I would possibly try Afridi as an opening batsman and give him license. He was immense in the 2011 T20 semis

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