ABOUT THE MATCH
The 23rd fixture of Super Smash is scheduled between Otago Volts vs Wellington Firebirds on January 6th, 2020. The match is going to be held at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand, and the live telecast will begin from 04:00 PM (local time).
This is the 2nd head-to-head match for both teams this season. They had met previously in the 9th match where Wellington won by 1 run against Otago.
Now, Wellington tops the points table whereas Otago is placed in the 2nd position. This match is going to tough for both the teams.
Toss winning team will likely choose to chase due to the rain as the DLS equation comes into play. Both captains will be aware of the weather forecast.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
This pitch is good for batting as the ball comes onto the bat nicely. We can expect a 160-170 score in the first innings.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF OTAGO VOLTS
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy (c), Josh Finnie, Michael Rae, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Travis Muller, Max Chu (wk)
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Malcolm Nofal, Logan van Beek, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett
MATCH PREVIEW & MATCH PREDICTION
- In the previous match, Otago lost the match against Central Districts by 5 wickets
- The top-order batsman Hamish Rutherford and Nick Kelly had put on 40+ runs in their partnership.
- Anaru Kitchen and Dale Philips came in the middle and had a 20+ partnership.
- Coming to the bowling unit, every bowler had got a wicket but leaked huge runs and gave 8 runs per over.
- Anaru Kitchen and Dale Philips need to bowl more consistently to help their team’s bowling department with regular wickets.
- Wellington defeated Northern Districts by 52 runs.
- Michael Pollard scored 50 in the first half of the innings.
- Rachin Ravindra and James Neesham came up with good knocks in the batting unit and the team had set a score of 188 runs on the scoreboard.
- Coming to the bowling unit, Hamish Rutherford and Ollie Newton had clinched 3 and 2 wickets, respectively, and justified their roles.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM
By the recent performance of the team and their line-ups, we are going with Wellington Firebirds but both Otago and Wellington have had a good season so far with consistent wins. Both teams have quality players who are performing well with both bat and ball this season.