Our prediction is that, Northern Knights to win!
Canterbury Kings are currently lying at the bottom of the league table with 4 points to their name in 3 matches. In their previous game, Canterbury suffered a demoralizing 65-run defeat against Wellington Firebirds and will be keen to put in better performance with bat and ball.
On the other hand, Reigning champions Northern Knights have extended their lead at the top of the points table with 12 points in 4 matches.
In their last match, Northern Knights managed to eke out a 2-run win over Auckland Aces at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Canterbury Kings will be looking to put in a better performance with bat and ball in this game.
With so much at stake, Canterbury Kings will be depending on Captain Cole McConchie to continue leading the way for the team, especially after he played a splendid innings of 83 runs off 52 balls.
Apart from him, opener Stephen Murdock will be under focus as well, who after having an outstanding start to the competition, has going through a lean run in his last two games.
In the bowling department, medium pacer Kylie Jamieson is leading the attack after managing to claim 9 wickets in the competition in 3 matches so far with an average of 9.33. He is being well supported the likes of Cole McConchie and Jeremy Benton, who bowled well in the previous game.
Possible XI: Captain Cole McConchie, Cam Fletcher, Chad Bowes, Stephen Murdoch, Andrew Ellis, Leo Carter, Ed Nuttall, Kylie Jamieson, Tyler Lortan, Henry Shipley, Jeremy Benton.
Reigning Champions will be looking to continue their winning streak in the competition and extend their lead at the top of points table.
In the batting department, Knights will be relying on Captain Dean Brownlie to lead from the front, as till now, he is Knight’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 156 runs in 5 matches at an average of 52.00. Daryl Mitchell also produced a scintillating innings of 78 runs off 51 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes in the previous game played against Auckland Aces.
In the bowling department, pace bowler Scott Kuggeleijn has been standout bowler for the side so far in this competition with 9 wickets at an average of 12.33. Kuggeleijn picked up four wickets in the previous game played against Auckland Aces and will be keen to continue his good form with the ball against Canterbury. Apart from him, Anton Devcich, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have picked crucial wickets for the side in the competition.
Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, Daryl Mitchell, Corey Anderson, Brett Hampton, Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi/Tarun Nethula, Chris Jordan, Scott Kuggeleijn, PD Bocock.
The pitch at Hagley Oval always provides an exciting contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Wednesday in Christchurch will be partly cloudy.
The Hagley Oval, Christchurch has hosted of international games in the past. The most recent fixture was a Test match played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
It will be ideal for the side to win the toss and bowl first on a newly prepared pitch for this game. It might getter easier to bat in the second half of the game.
Given the form in this year’s competition, Defending Champions Northern Knights will be favorites to win this contest. Canterbury Kings will need to improve their bowling in order to turn their fortunes around against Northern Knights.
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