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The Canterbury Kings and the Otago Volts have endured horrific seasons of the Super Smash T20 this year. Both the teams are the bottom two placed sides in the Super Smash T20 League standings and have been pretty much knocked out of the running for the playoffs.
There is no doubt in the case of the Canterbury Kings who have won just one match out of their eight and only the slightest chance remains for the Otago Volts with two wins out of their eight matches.
Otago Volts have picked up points from two of their games being washed out as well, which add to up the equivalent of another win on the points table.
Both teams have just two matches to play and will want to end on a high note. In the case of the Otago Volts, there is still some hope alive to serve as motivation.
The Canterbury Kings have been really poor with the bat this season and that was evident in their previous loss as well. They could only manage a total of 122 form their full quota of 20 overs against the Auckland Aces.
In contrast, the Auckland Aces chased down that total in 17 overs with the loss of just one wicket.
Canterbury’s only win this season has come on the back of brilliant performance from Kyle Jamieson and it appears like someone will have to play another astonishing inning or bowl a brilliant spell to win the match for Canterbury.
The Canterbury Kings just do not have the personnel available to them to be able to win matches on a consistent basis. Todd Astle, who was an important part of their bowling lineup, has also been called up to the New Zealand international side and so is not going to be able to play this forthcoming match.
The batting unit for the previous game comprised of Chad Bowes, Tom MacRury, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, and Andrew Ellis. It was Cam Fletcher batting at number 6 who top-scored with 43 runs while the lower order also contributed some runs.
This is not a batting order that is going to too many matches in a top-level competition. They are certainly outskilled by the Auckland Aces in this department.
As the Super Smash T20 has shown, their bowling also seems to be a little too reliant on Kyle Jamieson to have an impact. After the initial few weeks where Jamieson was picking wickets regularly, sides have adjusted to playing him with a bit more restraint and going after the other bowlers.
The outlook for the Canterbury Kings is not good.
Chad Bowes, Tom Macrury, Stephen Murdoch, Cole McConchie, Andrew Ellis, Cameron Fletcher, Henry Burton Shipley, Kyle Jamieson, Jeremy Benton, Will Williams, Ed Nuttall.
The Otago Volts lost their previous game although they put up a magnificent chase of 222. The Volts ended up scoring 210 for the loss of eight wickets and were in the hunt for a large part of their inning. The runs scored by their top-order is going to give them a lot of confidence coming into this match.
Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom put on 117 for the opening partnership while Anaru Kitchen contributed with some quick runs as well. It was clear to see that the batting quality diminished pretty quickly after the loss of the opening pair and that is something to be wary of.
Ben Raine, Anaru Kitchen, and Ben Cox will have to do better in the forthcoming match to provide more stability to the batting. One thing is clear, though, and that is the fact that the Otago Volts must win this game and hopefully by a fair margin to have any hopes of wiggling into the Super Smash T20 playoffs.
The batsmen will have to go hard whether they are batting or chasing. In scenarios like this, teams often end up preferring chasing so that they have a clear target in mind.
The bowling unit for the Otago Volts is a bit weak and could be exploited in this match even though they are up against one of the weakest batting sides in the tournament. Duffy, Finnie, Viljoen, and the all-rounders must have a good day to avoid giving the Canterbury Kings batsmen an occasion to come back into form.
Judging the two teams head to head, it looks like the Otago Volts have the stronger batting unit although there is not too much difference between the bowling attacks.
Hamish Rutherford, NT Broom, Tasman Jones, MJ Rippon, Ben Cox, Anaru Kitchen, Joshua Finnie, BS Wilson, Nathan Smith, Jacob Duffy, C Viljoen.
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The Super Smash T20 2019 match between the Canterbury Kings and the Otago Volts is going to be played at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The weather forecast for the match is excellent with sunny weather predicted all day long.
The pitch at the Hagley Oval is excellent for batting. In New Zealand, the weather conditions tend to play as much of a role as the pitch and so we think the batsmen are going to have a good time. The conditions being favorable to the batsmen tilts things the way of the Otago Volts even more.
The Canterbury Kings have been quite poor this season and even though the value on backing them to win is better, there just does not seem enough evidence that they will turn things around. Both teams have a weak bowling attack with one standout bowler but the Otago Volts have the better batting.
Back the Otago Volts to win.
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