The 27th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Central Districts and Otago at the Basin Reserve in University Oval in Dunedin.
The match starts at 4:10 PM local time (3:10 AM GMT) (8:40 AM IST). The live stream for Super Smash in India will be available on Hotstar. Live telecast can be watched on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Central Districts will have to win their last league game against Otago in order to stay in the contention to qualify for the semi-finals. They have 18 points in their nine games and are ranked second in the points table. They will look to end their campaign on a high note by winning their last league game. They have all their basis covered in every respective department. All their players are in impressive form and Districts looks favourite to win on the back of their high profile players that comprises of Dane Cleaver, Tom Bruce and George Worker.
Otago has still two games left and if they defeat Districts in the next game then their chances to play eliminator will be quite high. They have faced back to back two defeats in their previous game. There is no doubt about the fact that they will be eager to get back on the winning track in the next game. In batting, they have Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom and Nick Kelly, who are in impressive form with the bat in the ongoing tournament. However, they looked quite out of touch in the previous game but they will look to click a good knock in the game against Central Districts.
The chances of rain are quite high on the match day and the wind is expected to blow at a rate of 18 to 24 km/hr. But, it might not affect the length of the game. Also, the temperature is expected to deviate between 11 and 22 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at University Oval is expected to offer a good fight between bat and ball. It will be a 160+ run wicket and the fast bowlers will not get much help from the wicket. The wrist spinners will still play an important role in the outcome of the match. So far one game has been played on this ground and the side batting second easily chased the target in that match. The same trend might be followed in the game between Otago and Central Districts.
Average first innings score: 168 (In two games played at this venue in Super Smash 2019-20)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 1; Lost – 0; NR- 1
Central Districts and Otago have announced their 12-man squad for the crucial game that will be played on Saturday.
Probable Playing XIs:
George Worker, Dane Cleaver (WK), Christian Leopard, Tom Bruce (C), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Josh Clarkson, Willem Ludic, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler/ Seth Rance, Ryan Watson
Bench: Jayden Lennox
Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Josh Finnie, Dean Foxcroft, Anaru Kitchen, Mitch Renwick (WK), Dale Phillips, Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy (C), Michael Rae.
Bench: Mathew Bacon.
Nick Kelly will be an obvious pick in the match between Otago and Central Districts. He is playing in great form with the bat in the ongoing tournament with the bat. So far he has amassed 276 runs in eight games on a strike rate of 139.39. Tom Bruce will play a vital role in any fantasy side. He is currently the leading run-scorer for his side in Super Smash 2019-20. Ajaz Patel will be a player to watch out with the ball, who is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament. He has scalped 15 wickets in his 9 outings for Central Districts.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Dane Cleaver, Neil Broom, Tom Bruce
Vice-Captain –Nick Kelly, Dean Foxcroft, Hamish Rutherford
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dane Cleaver (C)
Batters –Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom (VC), Nick Kelly, Tom Bruce
All-Rounders – George Worker, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Anaru Kitchen
Bowlers – Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dane Cleaver
Batters – Neil Broom, Nick Kelly (C), Josh Finnie, Christian Leopard
All-Rounders – Anaru Kitchen, Willem Ludic, Dean Foxcroft (VC)
Bowlers –Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, Michael Rae
Try to pick the formidable openers from Otago due to their good form. They are one the most experienced pairs playing in Super Smash 2019-20. And, one out of the two will most probably click a good knock in the game against Otago.
Otago is expected to win this match against Central Districts.
*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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