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SUPER SMASH T20 – MATCH 9 – NORTHERN KNIGHTS VS OTAGO VOLTS – FANTASY PREVIEW

On Super Saturday, Seddon Park in Hamilton hosts Super Smash T20 match between Northern Knights vs Otago Volts. The home side Knights eyes on registering hat-trick of wins with this game while Otago Volts would looks for their first win in the season. This match is schedule to start at 2 PM Local | 6:30 AM IST on Saturday, 23rd December 2017.

 

NORTHERN KNIGHTS :

Knights started the season with a big defeat to Wellington Firebirds but they have fought back well and registered back-to-back victories in the last two games. Knights won those matches but both of them were very close and they won by 7 and 1 runs margin respectively. Knights has added England all-rounder Chris Jordan to their squad and he is available for this match on Saturday. The opening all-rounder Anton Devcich is yet to fire with the batting but he bowled well in last 2 innings. His highest score in past 3 matches were 33 against Aces. With a bowl he claimed 2 wickets and bowled economical spells. Undoubtedly, Devcich is the key player of Knights and he could fire-up with both bat and bowl at any time. Wicket keeping opener Tim Seifert notched an amazing century in the game against Auckland Aces last weekend. He smashed 107 off 42 balls with 9 fours and sixes in that innings. Also scored 29 runs in the next game against Firebirds. He is the better choice wicket keeper option on Fantasy concerns. Captain Dean Brownlie starts off well but failed in converting to big runs. He scored 25, 10 and 34 runs respectively in this season. We can expect a half-century from him on Saturday. Brett Hampton was promoted to no. 3 against Aces and he utilized the opportunity with the score of 28 off 12 balls. Then he came to bat at no. 4 in the last game but managed to score only 5 runs.

Senior batsman Daniel Flynn’s horrible run continued in the last game too. He scored only 12 runs in innings and in the last innings, he walked back without scoring a run. Nick Kelly is the other middle-order batsman who struggle for runs. He scored just 19 runs in 3 innings. Daryl Mitchell contributes somehow well with both bat and bowl. He scored 32* and 31* respectively in matches against Firebirds this season. He also picked 1 for 24 in his 4 overs spell in the last game. All-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn has played the last game but he had an average outing with the ball. He didn’t name in the 12-man squad for this game on Saturday. England all-rounder Chris Jordan will replaces Kuggeleijn in the XI. Peter Bocock got a game against Firebirds two days ago and he scored very useful 29 off 23 balls. He has a chance to retain his place in the XI unless team decides to add extra bowling option of Brett Randell. For a surprise the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi smashed 51 off 36 balls in the first game. No surprises if he get an opportunity to score runs freely once again. Sodhi claimed 5 wickets in 3 matches and he bowled under 6 runs per over in both matches against Firebirds. He is the must pick bowler from Knights side. Brent Arnel started the season with 2 for 29 in the first game. Since that he has conceded none for 44 and 2 for 36 runs in last two games. There will be 50/50 chances for Brent Arnel to perform well.

 

OTAGO VOLTS :

Bottom of the points table last year, Otago Volts eyes for their first win in the ongoing season when they meet Knights in Hamilton. Volts started the season with a huge 134-runs loss to Canterbury Kings. Their second match was abandoned due to rain. Currently, Volts sits at bottom of the table with 2 points and NRR -6.700. Compare to their first game, Volts has made 3 changes in their 12-man squad. The experienced batsman Neil Broom has joined the Black Caps as the replacement for Kane Williamson for next two ODIs. So he is not available for Volts on Saturday. Jack Hunter and Mathew Bacon has been dropped from the squad. Therefore, all rounder Mark Craig, Neil Wagner and Shawn Hicks comes to the 12-man squad. The experienced explosive batsman Hamish Rutherford will open the innings along with his captain Rob Nicol. Rutherford had a poor game against Kings in the first match, he scored only 5 runs. But once you check his T20 records, you will come to know how dangerous he is. He deserves a place in your fantasy team. The skipper Nicol has over 2500 runs in his T20 career so far. He started well and managed to score 26 off 16 against Kings. Chances are high for him to come with much more runs in this game. All-rounder James Neesham had such an average day in the opening match. He scored only 8 runs with a bat and conceded 48 runs in 4 overs to claim 2 wickets. He is the major match-winner and the team reliable much on him. Neesham will bowl better than other day and no wonder if he provides all-round efforts on Saturday.

Anaru Kitchen bats in the middle-order for Volts and he also had a bad outing against Kings. He bowled very expensive 3 overs spell and also managed to score only 11 runs. Anaru Kitchen would surprise with some good knock and that may happen in this game itself. Derek de Boorder handles wicket-keeper duty for Otago Volts. He is other player who bats in the middle-order. He has scored only half-century in 61 T20 innings but he managed to score some quick runs in middle and end overs of the innings. Josh Finnie and Brad Wilson are other two batsman in the squad. Both of them had a poor outings in that first game. Finnie, the 21-years old youngster misfired in the last game but he could offer some fireworks in this game. He also offers some quick part-time overs with his off-spin. Brad Wilson is one of the experienced player in the team and he has over 1300 T20 runs to his name. The pace bowler Neil Wagner was the best bowler of Kiwis in the test series against West Indies recently. He is available for Volts now and he will replace Jack Hunter in the XI. Mark Craig, the experienced bowling all-rounder is expected to be in the XI too. He came back to competitive cricket for the first time in a year after injured in Sep 2016. His progressive was not much impressive in recent times, but could expect some good spell from him. Volts lost that first game by 134 runs, everything went against them except, the 5 wicket haul of Jacob Duffy. He has claimed his second fifer in T20 cricket for 39 runs in 4 overs. The young bowler will be the key once again.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NORTHERN KNIGHTS :

  • Dean Brownlie
  • Anton Devcich
  • Tim Seifert
  • Daryl mitchell
  • Ish Sodhi
  • Brent Arnel
  • Chris Jordan

 

OTAGO VOLTS :

  • James Neesham
  • Hamish Rutherford
  • Rob Nicol
  • Anaru Kitchen
  • Jacob Duffy
  • Neil Wagner
  • Brad Wilson

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NORTHERN KNIGHTS :

1. Anton Devcich, 2. Tim Seifert, 3. Dean Brownlie, 4. Brett Hampton, 5. Daniel Flynn, 6. Daryl Mitchell, 7. Nick Kelly, 8. Chris Jordan, 9. Ish Sodhi, 10. Peter Bocock / Brent Randell, 11. Brent Arnel.

OTAGO VOLTS :

1. Hamish Rutherford, 2. Rob Nicol, 3. Anaru Kitchen, 4. Brad Wilson, 5. James Neesham, 6. Derek de Boorder, 7. Josh Finnie, 8. Mark Craig, 9. Neil Wagner, 10. Jacob Duffy, 11. Warren Barnes.

 

 

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