The 9th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Wellington and Otago, 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.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Otago is currently on winning streak and has won back to back two consecutive games in Super Smash 2019-20. They would be eager to replicate their form in the upcoming match against Wellington. In batting, they have Neil Broom and Hamish Rutherford who form a formidable opening pair for their side. Moreover, they have Dean Foxcroft in the middle order, who looked in good form with the bat so far in the tournament. However, Otago needs to fill all the voids in their bowling if they want to win their third game in a row.
Wellington are currently ranked third in the points table with one win in two games. They have Devon Conway, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra in their ranks, who will have the responsibility to click a good knock with the bat. But, their bowling looks relatively strong with the likes of James Neesham, Jeetan Patel and Hamish Bennett and they will look to continue with their good form against Otago.
The forecast in Wellington for the upcoming Super Smash game is expected to be great. There are no chances of rain on the match day. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 12 and 16 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at Basin Reserve is expected to go in favour of the batsmen, who will get the liberty to smash the bowlers all across the park. In the only match played this season on this ground, the side batting first didn’t find much difficulty and posted a score of 183 runs. However, the chasing side could only score 159 runs in their stipulated 20 overs and the side batting second found it difficult to chase the total at this venue.
Average first innings score: 183 (1 completed T20 at the venue in Super Smash 2019-20)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 0; Lost – 1
(Will update if there is any news)
Probable Playing XIs:
Michael Bracewell (c), Michael Pollard, Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway (WK), Jimmy Neesham, Malcolm Nofal, Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett, Logan Van Beek.
Bench: Peter Younghusband
Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Dean Foxcroft, Nick Kelly, Nathan Smith, Anaru Kitchen, Micheal Rippon, Jacob Duffy (C), Josh Finnie, Max Chu (WK), Michael Rae
Bench – Dale Phillips
Neil Broom is currently the leading scorer in the ongoing tournament. He has mustered 132 runs in his three outings at a brilliant strike rate of 165. He will be a wise pick for any Fantasy Side. Dean Foxcroft is another important player, who in his last two innings has scored 100 runs for his side. Nathan Smith has also impressed everyone with his bowling and has grabbed seven wickets with one five-wicket haul in his three games played in Super Smash 2019-20. He will be a hot favourite pick for any Dream11 Fantasy Side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard, Neil Broom
Vice-Captain –Dean Foxcroft, Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Devon Conway
Batters – Michael Bracewell, Michael Pollard (VC), Neil Broom (C), Hamish Rutherford
All-Rounders – Jimmy Neesham, Micheal Rippon, Dean Foxcroft, Rachin Ravindra
Bowlers – Nathan Smith, Michael Rae, Jacob Duffy
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Max Chu
Batters – Michael Bracewell (C), Michael Pollard, Neil Broom, Jamie Gibson
All-Rounders – Jimmy Neesham, Micheal Rippon, Dean Foxcroft (VC)
Bowlers – Hamish Bennett, Nathan Smith, Michael Rae
The top order of Wellington is still due to give breakthrough performances for their side. They are struggling to perform and have failed to play a good knock with the bat. However, it might be their day against Otago and will play an important role in any Grand League Side.
Central Districts are expected to win this match against Knights.
*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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