Super Smash T20 Prediction: Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds
January 3, 2020
Basin Reserve, Wellingtons
The 20th match of Super Smash 2019-20 will see second-placed Wellington take on fifth-placed Northern Knights on Friday for the second time in the current edition.
Wellington are currently 2nd in the table with 4 wins from 6 games. Meanwhile, Northern Districts are 5th with just 2 wins from 6 games.
Northern Districts beat Wellington in the first head to head game, their last game as well, by 5 wickets with Daryl Mitchell and skipper Dean Brownlie starring.
The win was crucial for Northern Districts and also the other middle table teams considering that Wellington could have created a pretty big gap with the rest of the teams if they had ended on the better side.
Wellington Firebirds performance in Super Smash T20:
For Wellington, it is pretty evident as to who has been the stand-out player until now. Wicket-keeper batsman Devon Conway has not only been the best player in his side but the whole tournament. With 264 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 141, Conway has combined consistency with a positive batting approach.
All-rounder James Neesham and Michael Pollard are the other two batsmen that Wellington will depend on given that both have scored more than 150 runs this season.
On the bowling front, Ollie Newton has been superb by averaging two scalps per game. Although he has been a bit expensive by conceding more than eight runs per over, Newton is a crucial wicket-taker for his side.
Apart from him, Neesham figures heavily once again in the bowling charts while the likes of Hamish Bennett and Rachin Ravindra form a good support-cast.
Yet, it has to be said that the void left by Jeetan Patel is still affecting Wellington as Logan Van Been hasn’t been at his best. This has caused problems for the side with respect to the 5th bowling option that has seen Wellington try to use the likes of Malcolm Nofal and Michael Bracewell without a great deal of success.
Northern Knights performance in Super Smash T20:
When compared to Wellington, Northern Knights have relatively struggled for consistent runs from their batsmen. Only Tim Seifert has delivered regularly with two fifties from four innings while Daryl Mitchell found some sort of form with a fifty against Wellington on New Year’s Day.
Two other batters in the form of Joe Carter and Brett Hampton have one fifty each to their names but apart from that, there has not been any other big knock.
On the other hand, the team’s bowling seems to be in much better shape with the duo of Brett Randell and Anurag Verma having picked eight wickets each so far. Ish Sodhi and Anton Devcich also ensure that Knights’ spin bowling quality is pretty good too.
Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell have been giving away too many runs but they have also produced a combined 12 wickets for the team.
Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds Predicted XI:
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Malcolm Nofal, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett
Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert (wk), Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Daniel Flynn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Brett Randell
It will be the 3rd of the four Super Smash 2019-20’s games to be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.
In the 1st game of the season at the venue, Wellington Firebirds were short off 24 runs while Central Districts post 183 runs on the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, in the 2nd game Wellington Firebirds secured a marginal 1-run win over Otago Volts, defending a total of 182.
4 of the 5 games of the 2018-19 Super Smash season played at the venue were won by the team batting first.
161 was the 1st inning average score during the 2018-19 Super Smash season while 144 was the 2nd inning’s average score.
Super Smash T20: Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds Predictions
- 323 runs were scored when both sides met each other earlier this season and 37 boundaries were hit in that game.
- Daryl Mitchell scored 58 runs off 35 balls at a strike rate of almost 166 against Wellington Firebirds.
- Ish Sodhi picked 3 wickets and gave just 12 runs in his 4 overs against Wellington Firebirds.
- Ollie Newton has picked 12 wickets in 6 innings and is currently leading Super Smash 2019-20 bowling chart. He picked 2 wickets against Northern Knights.
- Devon Conway scored 32 runs against Northern Knights and has accumulated 264 runs in 6 innings at an average of 66. He is Super Smash 2019-20’s leading run-scorer so far this season.
- Anton Devcich need just 19 more runs to become Northern Knight’s 1st ever batsmen to score 2000 runs for the franchise. He is also their leading wicket-taker (65).