The 6th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington and Central Districts, at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
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.
Central District won their opening game against Northern Knights with sheer dominance. Their batting unit did a commendable job as everyone looked in touch with the bat as they posted a mammoth total of 221 runs on the board. Later on, their bowlers also defended it successfully and helped their side in winning the match by a big margin of 120 runs. District displayed a brilliant team effort and will look to replicate the same in the upcoming match as well.
Wellington also did a convincing job in their previous match with bowlers and batsmen contributing well in their respective departments. In bowling, Jeetan Patel and Jeames Neesham did a brilliant job against Canterbury and the same would be expected from them in the upcoming game. On the other hand, their batting line up that comprises of Devon Conway, Michael Pollard and Rachin Ravindra would be needed to click if they want their side to win against the inform Districts.
There are chances of rain that might abandon the match. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 14 and 16 Degree Celsius according to Accuweather.
The track at Basin Reserve is expected to go in favour of batsmen as far as the previous season matches are concerned. In five games played in Super Smash 2018-29, the wicket recorded one 200+ run game with three ended up with a 150 plus mark. However, the fast bowlers will get some help from the wicket but in the early phase of the match. The team winning the toss will look to bat as the teams have found it difficult to chase at this venue.
Average score 1st innings- 162 (5 matches at the venue previous Super Smash season)
Record of chasing teams: Won-1, Lost-4, Tie/NR – 0
(Will be updated if there is any news)
Probable Playing XIs:
Bench: Ben Wheeler/Blair Tickner, Jayden Lennox
Devon Conway (WK), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell (C), James Neesham, Malcolm Nofal, Jamie Gibson, Logan van Beek, Jeetan Patel, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett
Bench – Ian McPeake, Fraser Colson
George Worker was in red hot form with the bat in the opening game against Northern Knights. He mustered 42 runs off 20 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. He can be vital for a fantasy side. Tom Burce will also be a wise pick for any Dream11 Fantasy side, who has a career average of 147.01 in T20s with 1501 runs in 67 games. Kieran Noema-Barnett is a brilliant all-rounder, who contributed well in the previous match as he grabbed three wickets and amassed 42 runs for his side and will be an important player to watch.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Cole McConchie, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro
Vice-Captain – Cole McConchie, Mark Chapman, Jack Boyle
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dane Cleaver, Devon Conway
Batters – Michael Pollard (VC), Josh Clarkson, Tom Bruce, Michael Bracewell
All-Rounders – James Neesham, Kieran Noema-Barnett (C)
Bowlers –Jeetan Patel, Logan van Beek, Ajaz Patel
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Devon Conway
Batters – Christian Leopard (VC), Josh Clarkson, Tom Bruce, Michael Bracewell
All-Rounders – James Neesham (C), Kieran Noema-Barnett, Willem Ludic
Bowlers –Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett, Ryan Watson
Try to pick the top order batsmen from Central Districts, who are currently in a good form with the bat and one of them might go for a big knock against Wellington on a batting-friendly wicket.
Central Districts are expected to win this match against Wellington.
*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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