Super Smash T20 Prediction: Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds
January 6, 2020
University Oval, Dunedin
Wellington Firebirds currently lead the points table in Super Smash 2019-20 and will look to finish off the league stage on the top when they face Otago Volts on Monday. They are coming on the back of a 52-run win over Northern Knights.
But, Otago Volts are their closest competitor for the No 1 spot and they will look to dismantle the Wellington so that they can directly qualify for the finals. They suffered a 5-wicket loss at the hands of Central Stags in their last outing.
The winner of this match not only move ahead of the other end but also move one step closer to directly qualifying for the finals by finishing at the top spot in Super Smash 2019-20.
Otago Volts have lost their previous encounter to Wellington Firebirds agonizingly by just 1 run earlier this season.
Otago Volts performance in Super Smash T20:
Otago lost the previous match against Central Districts by 5 wickets despite putting 184 runs on board. Hamish Rutherford and Nick Kelly came up with quick-fire 40s to build the momentum of their innings.
Anaru Kitchen and Dale Philips came up with vital 20+ cameos to build partnerships in the middle.
Nick Kelly played a good knock of 24-ball 45 in the last match to continue on the momentum built by the openers. He has scored 267 runs at a strike rate of 142 this season and is their leading run-scorer so far.
All the five bowlers used by Otago took a wicket each but gave away runs at over 8 RPO. Skipper Jacob Duffy, Michael Rae, and Michael Rippon are amongst the wickets column regularly this season.
Anaru Kitchen and Travis Muller need to bowl more consistently to help their team bowling department with regular wickets.
Michael Rippon has taken 6 wickets this season with 4 of them coming in the last three matches. He seems to be peaking at the right time with finding his form and rhythm with the ball in hand.
Wellington Firebirds performance in Super Smash T20:
Wellington come off after a clinical win against Northern Districts by 52 runs. Michael Pollard`s fifty steered their batting unit in the first half of their innings. Rachin Ravindra and James Neesham came up with crucial knocks with the bat to help their post a good total of 188 runs on board.
James Neesham has scored 207 runs at a strike rate of 135 this season. He has scored crucial runs to finish the innings with a flourish and also has 8 wickets to his name.
All the six bowlers registered their names in the wickets column to bowl out the opposition for just 136 runs. Skipper Hamish Rutherford and Ollie Newton took 3 & 2 wickets respectively to derail the chase. Neesham Ravindra, Van Beek, and Nofal chipped in with a wicket each in the middle overs.
Ollie Newton has 14 wickets at an economy rate of 8 RPO this season. He is the joint leading wicket-taker of this season along with Ajaz Patel. We expect him to continue his good form with the ball in hand.
Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds Predicted XI:
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Nick Kelly, Anaru Kitchen, Dale Phillips, Michael Rippon, Travis Muller, Jacob Duffy, Josh Finnie, Max Chu (wk), Michael Rae
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Malcolm Nofal, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett
It will be the 2nd of five Super Smash games to be played at University Oval, Dunedin, the first one was washed away due to heavy rain.
Only two of the four games could be completed at the venue in the 2018-19 Super Smash season while the others were washed out due to rain.
1 game was won by the team batting first while the other favoured the team chasing the total.
1 can expect it to be a high scoring game as 203 was the average 1st inning score while 199 was the average score of team batting 2nd.
Super Smash T20: Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds Prediction
- Devon Conway has scored 273 runs in 7 innings at an average of 54.60 and is the leading run-scorer of Super Smash 2019-20 so far.
- Nick Kelly has scored 267 runs at a strike rate of 142 this season and is the 2nd highest run-getter so far this season. He is followed by team-mate Neil Broom (253) at 3rd placed place.
- Ollie Newton has picked 14 wickets is currently joint leading wicket-taker in the tournament.
- Hamish Rutherford has scored 14 sixes in 7 innings and is leading the maximum’s chart so far this season.
- Hamish Rutherford need 12 more runs to complete his personal 2000 runs for Otago Volts.
- Wellington Firebirds have won 6 while Otago Volts have won 3 in their 9 completed head to head clashes so far.
- 383 runs were scored when these two teams met each other earlier this season, 45 boundaries were hit in that game.