Devon Conway is currently the 2nd leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament with 232 runs in his five outings.
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The 18th match of the Super Smash 2019-20 will be played between Northern Knights and Wellington at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (6:00 AM GMT) (11:30 AM IST). The live stream for Super Smash in India will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Northern Knights are on the brink of getting ruled out from the contention to qualify for semi-finals and they will seriously have to come up with strong performance in the next game against the in-form Wellington. Their batting looks strong that comprises of Anton Devcich, Tim Seifert and Dean Brownlie. But, they have to fill the voids in their bowling line up that has been exposed in front of the opponents.
None of the bowlers in Knights has been up to the mark as they have failed to take wickets and restrict batsmen from scoring pile big runs. However, they have to fill up the voids ahead of their next game. Wellington is in their top-notch form and can be spotted on the 2nd position in the Super Smash 2019-20 points table.
They will have a big opportunity to outclass the weak-looking Knights in order to reduce the gap between the table leaders. The players in every respective department are giving impressive performances and the same would be expected from them in the upcoming game.
The weather is expected to be clear and perfect for a cricket banter on the 1st day of the year 2020. However, the temperature is expected to deviate between 14 and 26 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The track at the Bay Oval will be equally favourable for batsmen and bowlers. It would be interesting to watch whether bowlers will dominate or the batters. The wicket is expected to be perfect for a T20 game and in the previous season two games were played at this venue and both were won by the side batting second. So, it is expected that the side winning the toss will look to field first.
Average first innings score: 153 (In two games played at this venue in the previous season of Super Smash)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 2; Lost – 0; NR- 0
Northern Knights have announced an unchanged 13-man squad for the game against Wellington.
Wellington is yet to announce their official squad for the first game of New Year 2020.
Probable Playing XIs:
Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Daryl Mitchell, Dean Brownlie (c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Daniel Flynn, Joe Carter, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Brett Randell
Bench: Peter Bocock, Jake Gibson
Devon Conway (wk), Michael Pollard, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Michael Bracewell (C), Fraser Colson, Jamie Gibson, Malcolm Nofal, Ollie Newton, Hamish Bennett, Logan van Beek
Bench – Iain Mcpeake, Peter Younghusband
Devon Conway is currently the 2nd leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament with 232 runs in his five outings. He will be an obvious pick for any fantasy team. For Knights, Tim Seifert has certainly changed his gears and has successfully regained his form with the bat. He has mustered 153 runs in his four games at a strike rate of 157.73 and it will be wise to slot him in the Dream11 Fantasy team.
Ollie Newton has given some astonishing performances in Super Smash 2019-20 as he has grabbed 10 wickets in his five games with a five-wicket haul. It could be risky to leave him out from the fantasy team looking at his instrumental form with the ball.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell
Vice-Captain –Michael Pollard, James Neesham, Ollie Newton
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Devon Conway (VC), Tim Seifert (C)
Batters –Michael Pollard, Dean Brownlie, Michael Bracewell
All-Rounders –James Neesham, Anton Devcich, Daryl Mitchell
Bowlers –Ollie Newton, Anurag Verma, Brett Randell
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Tim Seifert
Batters –Michael Pollard (C), Michael Bracewell, Joe Carter, Dean Brownlie
All-Rounders – Daryl Mitchell (VC), Rachin Ravindra, Brett Hampton
Bowlers –Brett Randell, Ish Sodhi, Logan van Beek
Michael Pollard showed some glimpses of his power-hitting and good show with the ball in the starting of the tournament but a sudden dip in his form is turning out to be a big headache for Wellington. However, he would be eager to click a good knock with the bat in the upcoming match. His woeful form makes him a risky player to pick but will be worth for any Grand League Side.
Note: 17% of the users have picked Jeetan Patel who has already retired. So don’t pick him in your fantasy team.
Northern Knights are expected to win this match against Wellington.