Auckland Aces v Perth Scorchers, Group A, CLT20, Centurion October 22, 2012

Auckland need to win, then need luck

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Match facts

October 23, 2012
Start time 1330 local (1130 GMT)

Big Picture

The Champions League rolls on to its final day of league matches, and the semi-finalists are yet to be decided from Group A. The other group, in contrast, wasn't quite as open or competitive, with Sydney Sixers and Lions already booking their slots in the semis, thereby making Monday's games inconsequential.

As for the opening game on Tuesday, only one of the two teams has something to play for. Auckland Aces are currently third with six points and need to beat Perth Scorchers to keep their hopes alive. An outright win will take them to ten points. Their progression will then depend on the result of the second game of the evening, between Delhi Daredevils and Titans. Daredevils will move to 14 points if they win, but if they lose, they will be locked on 10 points with Auckland, and therefore only one of the two will progress, based on superior net run-rate. If Auckland can secure their four points tomorrow, they will hope for a Daredevils victory as it cuts out the net-run-rate scenario.

There's nothing at stake for Perth, though, who were eliminated after losing to Daredevils in a low-scorer at Newlands. Following two consecutive defeats, the Australian side would want to save face with a consolation win. A Perth win will make the second game a dead rubber. Auckland were properly tested for the first time last week when they lost comprehensively to the Titans at Kingsmead. After restricting teams to below-par totals from the qualifying stage, they were set to chase 173, but fell 59 short. Their next game, against Daredevils, was washed out without a ball bowled. Auckland will hope the weather cooperates at Centurion, so they can pick up four points. They have to win, and then watch.

Auckland will be without their allrounder Andre Adams, who picked up a abdominal muscle tear while batting against Titans. Having returned home, he is likely to be out for up to three weeks.

Watch out for...

Lou Vincent has made starts, with scores of 20, 19, 30 and 6, but hasn't lasted more than 16 balls in any innings. He's in the side to provide strong starts, and a lengthier stint at the crease should make a difference. Vincent has reportedly been keeping the team's spirits alive by giving "motivational speeches" with his Justin Bieber doll. Some runs with the bat will lift the team greater.

Perth's Mitchell Marsh has hit one of the biggest sixes in the tournament and is the only player from the squad to score 100 runs or more. Perth have only managed scores of 124 (chasing 164) and 121 in their two completed games and if Marsh can fire at the top, he could help his team to an above-par score and test Auckland.

Quotes

"We certainly haven't played anywhere near what we did last summer, and hopefully that's going to bug quite a few of the guys to put in a good performance to finish well."
Perth batsman Simon Katich

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @ daniel liam , i meant kkr vs titans! and that there is a way in which AA can go through without winning, if first match is rained out and DD win 2nd vs titans(like kkr beat titans) there is a way AA can go throught without beating perth(sharing points)! improbable but not impossible!

  • Green_and_Gold on October 23, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    Auckland to beat Perth by a big margin and Titans to beat DDs by a big margin - DDs fail to qualify for knockout. No IPL teams progress to knockout. Not that im against Delhi (far from it) but rather i am against one country having 4 domestic teams automatically qualify for the main event. But it wont happen, Perth will win and there will be another dead rubber to follow.

  • jonesy2 on October 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    vamos auckland. scorchers have been pathetic. i cant overstate how frustrated i am with the way they have played. all that i care about now is mitch marsh having a huge summer particularly with the bat. if he does then his test career could be commencing as soon as the india series

  • TheJake on October 23, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Bring in Chris Martin, he'll provide the spark for Auckland!

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    As a Wellington Fan, I dont like Auckland very much, but I have to support my country, so lets go Aces!

  • dummy4fb on October 23, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    azhar is very good all rounder

  • Shridharan.S on October 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    My Semi-Finals line-up will be: 1 SF:Highveld Lions vs.Delhi Daredevils 2 SF:Sydney Sixers vs.Auckland Aces

  • stickywicketnick on October 23, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Auckland need to pick Mitchell McClenaghan, without Adams his pace will be useful and he also is a wicket-taker.

  • Dirk_L on October 23, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Weather prediction says 98% chance of light rain in first match, 99% in second. 21% chance of moderate rain in second. Duckworth-Lewis, here we come! If only second is a washout, Auckland need to have won the first by 40 runs or 5 overs (approximately).

  • Sunilcecil on October 23, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Lou Vincent & one of the batsman should fire sat 200+ strike rate & have partner ship of 80+ the game is AA's ! i think Lou should show his metal today, Guptill is dependable ! Bowling will be key today ! Best of Luck AA !

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