The season’s bottom two teams – Wellington Firebirds and Otago Volts – will have a chance for redemption when the tournament resumes after the New Year’s break.
Wellington Firebirds is currently ranked fifth in the table, with two wins and three losses in five games and a net run rate of -0.256. Meanwhile, Otago Volts has a single win from seven games, five losses, and a net run rate of -1.049. The two teams have played each other once this season, with Wellington Firebirds winning by 5 wickets.
The game will take place on January 06, 2022 at Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Match Details to Note
Match: Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts, 19th Match, Super Smash 2021-22
Date: January 06, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:10 AM IST
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Team Previews
Team Wellington Firebirds’ last game before the break was against Otago Volts, which they easily won by 5 wickets. The team Wellington Firebirds beat a 167-point target with four balls to spare. The highlights of Wellington Firebirds’ chase were Tim Robinson’s 65 and Nathan Smith’s unbeaten 38 off 18 balls. So far, the team’s batting has been inconsistent, with only Robinson showing any sort of consistency. Finn Allen is getting those starts, but he needs that big one. Skipper Michael Bracewell has struggled, but the addition of all-rounder James Neesham provides some hope for the batting unit.
Wellington Firebirds’ bowling has improved, with Hamish Bennett (5 wickets at 8.11), Logan van Beek (6 wickets at 7.61), and Ben Sears (7 wickets at 8.77) all performing admirably. Peter Younghusband, a leg-spinner, has only three wickets but is very economical at 7.07. James Neesham’s addition to the bowling attack will only benefit the team.
Wellington Firebirds Squad
Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Lauchie Johns, Jakob Bhula, Michael Bracewell (c/wk), Fraser Colson, Andrew Fletcher, Jamie Gibson, Troy Johnson, lain McPeake, Ollie Newton, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Michael Snedden, Logan van Beek, Peter Younghusband, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Jimmy Neesham
Predicted XI: Finn Allen (wk), Logan van Beek, Troy Johnson, Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Nathan Smith, Jamie Gibson, Tim Robinson, Peter Younghusband, Ben Sears, Hamish Bennett
Otago Volts has now lost four consecutive games, the most recent of which was against the Auckland Aces at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. After electing to bat first, they could only manage 129-9, and Auckland chased the target down in 17.1 overs with 8 wickets remaining. Otago Volts’ batting has been abysmal. With 182 runs at a strike rate of 135.82, captain Hamish Rutherford has led from the front. But the others haven’t been much help to him. Nick Kelly scored a fine 58 off 39 balls in the previous match and will be hoping to maintain that form. Neil Broom (107 runs at a strike rate of 99.07) must step up right now.
Otago Volts’ top bowlers have been Michael Rippon (8 wickets at 8.52), Anaru Kitchen (6 wickets at 6.44), and Matthew Bacon (6 wickets at 8.90). Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, an off-spinner, played only one match this season but showed promise.
Otago Volts Squad
Matt Bacon, Neil Broom, Max Chu, Jarrod McKay, Jacob Duffy (c), Josh Finnie, Dean Foxcroft, Camden Hawkins, Anaru Kitchen, Nick Kelly, Dale PhillipS, Hamish Rutherford, Mitch Renwick (wk), Michael Rippon, Michael Rae, Nathan Smith
Predicted XI: Hamish Rutherford (c), JJ Tasman-Jones, Neil Broom, Nick Kelly, Llew Johnson, Anaru Kitchen, Max Chu (wk), Michael Rippon, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall, Jacob Duffy, Matthew Bacon
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Toss Prediction
This season, the team batting first has won two of the three games played at Basin Reserve. In this match, the team that wins the toss will most likely bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
At Basin Reserve, the average score when batting first is 160. Central Stags scored 190-4 on the venue this season, the highest total this season. Scores ranging from 170 to 189 have been recorded here on seven occasions. In this match, the team batting first will attempt to set a target of around 180 runs.
Basin Reserve’s pitch is a good T20 surface. It’s not a batting paradise, but it does give the seamers some bounce and movement. Batters, on the other hand, will relish the first few overs when the going is tough.
On the day of the match, the weather in Wellington will be windy and cloudy.
Wellington Firebirds vs Otago Volts Match Prediction
Wellington Firebirds have won their last five games against Otago Volts, including one this season. Otago Volts will start as clear favourites for this match because they are playing at home and are in good form. Wellington Firebirds is expected to dominate this game, so Otago Volts will have to hope that their batting unit produces something special.
Wellington Firebirds is the favourite to beat Otago Volts at the odds of 1.57.
- This season, Wellington Firebirds’ bowling has been quite good.
- Otago Volts is struggling for form and is rooted to the bottom of the table.
- Otago Volts’ skipper Hamish Rutherford will have to lead from the front once more.