The Otago Volts’ new Super Smash season began with a loss to the Central Stags. They now have a chance to make amends against the Northern Knights in their next game. Otago has a great record against the Knights in recent years and would like to keep it going. The Knights, who finished fourth on the table last season with 5 wins and 5 losses, have a lot to prove. The Knights will be slightly more confident of their chances because they are playing at home.
The match will take place on December3, 2021, at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Match Details to Note
Match: Northern Knights vs Otago Volts, 3rd Match, Super Smash 2021-22
Date: December 03, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 11:10 AM IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Northern Knights vs Otago Volts Team Previews
Last season, the Northern Knights had a season to forget. Skipper Anton Devcich will remain one of their primary batters after finishing last season as the team’s leading run-scorer with 286 runs at a strike rate of 169.23, including a brilliant unbeaten 75 off 40 balls against Otago. Tim Seifert, who has been in good form recently and has the confidence of a solid last season in which he amassed 281 runs at a strike rate of 115.63, is another one to keep an eye on. Colin de Grandhomme, the all-rounder, will be eager to make his mark with his big-hitting abilities as well.
Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner, the Knights’ regular bowlers, are both in India for the Test series. Trent Boult is also expected to miss the first few games. As a result, their bowling is lacking in experience and teeth. Much will be determined by Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi’s performances. Last season, Kuggeleijn was their leading wicket-taker, with 12 at 9.50. Joe Walker’s off-spin could also be useful.
Northern Knights Squad
Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Seifert, Neil Wagner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Brett Hampton, Anurag Verma, Jeet Raval, Trent Boult, Joe Carter, Peter Bocock, Brett Randell, Joe Walker, Zak Gibson, Katene Clarke, Matthew Fisher, Henry Cooper, Frederick Walker, Bharat Popli, Kristian Clarke
Predicted XI: Tim Seifert (wk), Katene Clarke, Joe Carter, Colin de Grandhomme, Anton Devcich (c), Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anurag Verma, Ish Sodhi, Brett Randell/ Matthew Fisher, Joe Walker
Despite a strong start, the Otago Volts will be disappointed that they were unable to secure a victory in their first game of the season. Batting first, they posted a healthy 184-4, with captain Hamish Rutherford leading the way with an 82-ball 82. While he didn’t get much help from his teammates, Neil Broom looked good for his 30, and Anaru Kitchen’s cameo of 25 off 14 balls came in handy. Their batting is adequate, and this lineup should continue to make an impression.
Otago’s downfall was due to their bowling, as the opposition chased the target down with an over to spare. While Jacob Duffy, Anaru Kitchen, and Matthew Bacon performed admirably, the others continued to leak runs. Michael Rippon, in particular, took a beating and gave up 50 runs in just three overs. The left-arm chinaman, on the other hand, is likely to get a few more opportunities because of the variety he brings to the attack. Otago, on the other hand, would need to improve their bowling significantly if they are to win this.
Otago Volts Squad
Anaru Kitchen, Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Jacob Duffy, Josh Finnie, Nick Kelly, Michael Rippon, Michael Rae, Max Chu, Matthew Bacon, Mitch Renwick, Dale Phillips, Travis Muller, Jake Gibson, Jarrod McKay, Angus McKenzie
Predicted XI: Hamish Rutherford (c), Josh Finnie, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Dale Phillips, Anaru Kitchen, Michael Rippon, Max Chu (wk), Jacob Duffy, Jake Gibson, Matthew Bacon
Northern Knights vs Otago Volts Toss Prediction
Teams batting second have won 13 of the venue’s 19 T20 domestic games. So, if you win the toss, chasing should be your strategy.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Hamilton’s pitch is well-known for being a belter. For the most part, expect the batters to have a good time. The pitch is new and unlikely to grip or slow down much, so slower bowlers must be mindful of their lengths. Here, surfers should get a good bounce.
On the day of the game, a shower or two is expected in Hamilton, but the weather should hold and be pleasant.
Northern Knights vs Otago Volts Match Prediction
Otago has won four of the last five meetings between the Northern Knights and the Otago Volts. The Knights, on the other hand, easily defeated Otago the last time they met. They will be confident because they will be playing at home. Otago’s batting is solid, but their bowling could be a weakness once again. Expect a close battle, but the Knights are likely to win.
Northern Knights is the favourite to beat Otago Volts at the odds of 1.75.
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