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Super Smash is one of the most competitive domestic T20 competitions but isn't really as widely followed as the other T20 competition of the world. We are approaching the halfway mark of the 2020 edition of the competition and much to everyone's surprise, Auckland Aces, the tournament's most successful team over the years, is yet to get off the mark. On the other hand, Canterbury Kings have surprised one and all with their flawless performance in the tournament so far.
There are two teams that are placed at the opposite ends of the points table and they are both set to take on each other in an important contest, which is to be played on 9th January 2020. This match between Wellington Firebirds and Northern Knights will be played at Basin Reserve, Wellington. Both sides would want to run away as far as possible from the bottom two slots and are likely to come out hard in this upcoming match. A cracker of a contest is certainly on the cards.
The Firebirds won the title last year and have been playing like the favorites this year as well. Up until now, they haven't lost any match and are consequently at the top of the table. Their net run-rate, which is 1.487, is evidence of how dominant they have been.
Wellington are coming into this match after a long break of over a week. While most teams would long for breaks in this kind of competition, the Firebirds would have wanted to continue given the momentum they had. On the other hand, the break would have given them time to regroup, rejuvenate, and come back even stronger.
On paper and on the basis of performance, the Firebirds have been the best team in the tournament. They already had Conway, Finn Allen, and Jimmy Neesham available, and now with Tom Blundell available, their batting looks second to none. Almost all their batsmen have been amongst the runs and batting is the department that is winning games for the Firebirds.
Having said that, their bowlers have done a decent job as well. The presence of multiple all-rounders allows Michael Bracewell plenty of options to shuffle his bowlers around. If Firebirds are able to resume from where they were before the break, beating them is going to take some effort.
Devon Conway, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Jamie Gibson, Finn Allen, Troy Johnson, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Bennett, Logan van Beek, PY Husband.
Northern Knights have had a strange kind of campaign so far. They got off to an extremely poor start, but their recent win over Central Districts would have instilled a lot of confidence among them. Earlier in the tournament as well, they never looked like winning their matches despite having a decent team on paper. In the four matches that they have played thus far, the Knights have one win and three losses. Surprisingly, only one of their matches, regardless of the result, has been close. That suggests that the Stags may be following a hit-out or get-out strategy.
Currently, the Knights are placed at the fifth spot on the points table with four points and a net run-rate of -0.826. With the tournament rapidly progressing forward, they'd be desperate for a win here to get into the top four.
One thing that works for the Knights going into this match is that they just snapped a three-match losing streak and would have found new-found confidence. They were pretty good in both departments of the game, defeating Central Stags by six wickets.
On paper, they have a decent team with T20 specialists available all-around. However, going by their recent run, they seem to be over-reliant on Anton Devcich and Tim Seifert to score most of the runs. Apart from those two players, none of their batsmen has scored more than 65 runs across all the games that Knights have played.
Up until now, their bowling looked a little fragile, but the availability of Mitchell Santner is of massive boost for them. With Kuggeleijn and Santner available, there is depth in the Knights' lineup and if their bowlers can do well again, the Knights will be tough to beat.
Tim Seifert, Katene Clarke, Jeet Raval, Joe Carter, Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Matthew Fisher.
The two teams have some fantastic players and with Northern Knights finally getting success, this match is likely to be full of interesting turns. Both sides are rich in batting talent and a high-scoring contest is certainly on the cards. While the Firebirds are bolstered by the return of Tom Blundell, the Knights will enjoy the services of Mitchell Santner. Even though the Knights have more number of players having the international experience available at their disposal, the form of Firebirds is tough to ignore. Besides, the Firebirds have an immaculately balanced side. For those reasons, betting on yet another Firebirds' win should be the way to go here.
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