Super Smash 2019-20 Match Prediction: Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts
Basin Reserve, Wellington
The 9th game of Super Smash 2019-20 will see Wellington Firebirds host Otago Volts on Saturday.
Otago Volts are currently sitting at the top of the Super Smash 2019-20 points table with two wins in three games and are the only unbeaten side this season. Their last game against Auckland Aces ended in no result.
Wellington Firebirds, on the other hand, are placed third with a win and a loss. They are coming on the back of a 24 runs loss to Central Districts.
Wellington Firebirds performance in Super Smash T20:
Michael Pollard scored 32 runs in Wellington’s second game against Central Stags but the Firebirds kept losing wickets on the other end, and as a result, fell short by 24 runs. Wicket-keeper Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra and skipper Michael Bracewell will be hoping to improve from their previous performance.
James Neesham scored a quickfire 35 runs of 20 balls at a strike rate of 185 but leaked 35 runs in just 2 overs.
Jeetan Patel is the Firebirds most successful bowler in Super Smash 2019-20 after picking 5 wickets in just 2 games. Logan van Beek and Ollie Newton both have been impressive but the duo need to keep a check on their economy.
Otago Volts performance in Super Smash T20:
Hamish Rutherford must be disappointed to throw away his wicket after scoring 19 runs in just 10 balls against Auckland. However, he might be happy it didn’t cost the team as the game was washed out. He would be keen to play a big inning.
They are likely to field an unchanged side after a brilliant start to the season. Neil Broom and Hamish Rutherford will open the batting with a heap of all rounders following them in the middle order.
Josh Finnie, Dean Foxcroft and Nick Kelly will be responsible for providing stability and lead the Volts in the middle order. They have a long batting unit with Max Chu batting at number nine for the Volts.
Their bowlers were also on the mark with Michael Rippon and Jacob Duffy impressing with the ball in hand. Nathan G Smith will be the key bowler to watch out following his impressive 5 wicket haul against Northern Knights.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts: Predicted XI
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Malcolm Nofal, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett, Ollie Newton.
Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Josh Finnie, Anaru Kitchen, Dean Foxcroft, Michael Rippon, Nathan G Smith, Max Chu (wk), Jacob Duffy, Michael Rae.
Pitch Report for today's Super Smash T20:
It will be the 2nd of the four Super Smash 2019-20 games to be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington.
In the 1st game at the venue, Central Districts def Wellington batting first.
4 of the 5 games of the 2018-19 Super Smash 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.
Today's T20 Match: Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Prediction
- James Neesham took 2 wickets in the Firebirds 1st game and scored 37 runs in the 2nd game. But is yet to give an all-rounder performance.
- Jeetan Patel has picked 5 wickets in the Firebirds’ 2 Super Smash 2019-20 games.
- Michael Pollard is the only batsman to play a 25 plus inning in both of the Firebirds game.
- Nathan G Smith picked up 5 wickets and gave away just 14 runs in the 3.4 overs he bowled against Northern Knights.
- Dean Foxcroft scored 44 runs at a strike rate of 176 and picked up a wicket in the only over bowled against Northern Knights.
- Josh Finnie scored 4 fours and 4 maximums in his quick 47 off 18 balls inning against Northern Knights.