The 1st match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Central Districts and Northern Knights at the McLean Park at Napier.
The match starts at 7:10 PM local time (6:10 AM GMT) (11:40 AM IST).
The first match of Super Smash will be played between Central District and Northern Knights. The season opener between the two heavyweights can turn out to be an enthralling encounter for the fans.
Tom Bruce will lead districts in the tournament and will be the key player for their side when it comes to batting. He has scored 1463 runs in 66 T20s at a brilliant strike rate of 146.30. Will Young and Josh Clarkson will also play an important role when it comes to scoring runs for their side. In bowling, they have Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance, who will be lead the bowling attack with Ajaz Patel being their spin head.
With the likes of Tim Siefert, Dean Brownlie and Daniel Flynn Northern Knights have a strong batting line up. They will be the key players for them with the bat. However, their bowling looks quite strong in the presence of Scott Kuggeleijn, Corey Anderson and Zak Gibson. And, in the presence of strong bowling, they would be eager to open their season campaign with a win.
With no chances of rain, it is expected to be a perfect day for a cricket match. However, the temperature is expected to range between 24 and 28 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
The track at McLean Park is expected to go in favour of batsmen as far as international games are concerned. But the wicket slows up as the match progresses which means the spinner also play an important role in the match, who might get some turn from the wicket in the second half of the match.
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Probable Playing XIs:
Tom Bruce (captain), Josh Clarkson, Dane Clever (w), Jayden Lennox, Christian Leopard, Willem Ludic, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Ajaz Patel, Seth Rance, Ryan Watson, Ben Wheeler
Bench – George Worker
Daryl Mitchell, Brett Randell, Dean Brownlie, Joe Carter, Anton Devcich, Daniel Flynn, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma
Bench – Anurag Verma, Peter Bocock, Matt Fisher
Tom Bruce will be an important player to watch out and will be vital for any Dream11 Fantasy Side. He is a clean hitter of the ball and has a vast experience of playing in the T20 format. Daryl Mitchell, the right-handed all-rounder will be another player to watch out in the upcoming match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Daryl Mitchell, Tom Bruce, Anton Devcich
Vice-Captain –Tim Seifert, Ajaz Patel, Brett Randell
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tim Seifert
Batters –Daniel Flynn, Dean Brownlie, Tom Bruce (C), Josh Clarkson
All-Rounders –Anton Devcich, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell (VC)
Bowlers – Ben Wheeler, Ajaz Patel, Brett Randell
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tim Seifert (VC)
Batters –Daniel Flynn, Joe Carter, Tom Bruce, Christian Leopard
All-Rounders –Anton Devcich, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell (C)
Bowlers – Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel, Brett Randell
Try to pick to middle batsman from both the sides as the wicket is expected to go in favour of batsmen. However, picking a spinner will be an added advantage for any Grand League Side.
Northern Knights are expected to defeat Central Districts by a good margin.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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