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Toss Winner - Canterbury Kings won the toss and chose to bat first
Canterbury Kings beat Otago Volts by 36 runs
Canterbury Kings have had a good record in recent times against Otago Volts.
Expect the Canterbury Kings to win this match.
Tournament: Super Smash 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand | Toss: To BatBet Now
Canterbury Kings lost a close game against the Northern Knights recently, but that still didn’t affect their position in the points table. They have 2 wins and 2 losses in 4 games at a net run rate of +0.648. Otago Volts, meanwhile, haven’t had the best of seasons. They have 1 win and 2 losses from 4 games at a net run rate of -0.918. Otago did clinch a good win against Northern Knights – their only victory of the season so far – but have slipped again after that. Moreover, Otago has had a poor record against Canterbury in recent times and will need to bring their A-game to upstage them at their home venue.
In their last match against Northern Knights, Canterbury Kings almost pulled off a sensational win. In the low-scoring encounter, Canterbury was asked to bat first and was shot out for just 107 on a slow wicket. Their batters performed poorly with only Henry Nicholls (35 off 21 balls) making a decent score. However, their bowlers performed admirably and didn’t give away any easy runs. Matt Henry’s spell of 1-8 from 4 overs was the highlight of the match. The likes of Todd Astle (1-8 from 4 overs) and Blake Coburn (2-16 from 4 overs) also did a fantastic job. If Ed Nuttall (3-43 from 4 overs) hadn’t been so expensive, Canterbury would have pulled off a miracle win.
Regardless, this shows that Canterbury’s bowling unit is one of the best in the tournament. It’s their batters who have to set things right. Nicholls looks like the only reliable batter at present. Skipper Cole McConchie would have to take some responsibility now. Ken McClure and Leo Carter are also due for big scores.
Chad Bowes, Ken McClure, Henry Nicholls, Leo Carter, Cole McConchie (c), Cam Fletcher (wk), Blake Coburn, Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Todd Astle, Ed Nuttall
Matt Henry, Leo Carter, Todd Astle, Henry Shipley, Chad Bowes, Cameron Fletcher, Henry Nicholls, Ken McClure, Blake Coburn, Cole McConchie, Ed Nuttall
Otago Volts have managed just 1 win from 4 games so far. They are coming off a crushing 53-run loss against Central Stags, which made a mess of their net run rate. After winning the toss, Otago put Stags in who then slammed 180-4. In reply, the Volts were bundled out for just 127 in 16.5 overs. It was a poor batting show where the highest score was Llew Johnson’s 38. The top order completely failed to get going. Otago would now be worried about the lack of runs from openers Hamish Rutherford and Dale Phillips. Neil Broom had looked good in the game against Northern Knights where he smashed 62 off 53 balls. He might be the one to watch out for again.
On the bowling front, Otago has Jacob Duffy and Anaru Kitchen at the start doing a fine job. Left-arm chinaman Michael Rippon is another crucial aspect of their bowling lineup. But the likes of Matthew Bacon and Jake Gibson would really need to do much better.
Hamish Rutherford (c), Nick Kelly, Jacob Duffy, Jake Gibson, Michael Rippon, Dale Phillips, Matthew Bacon, Max Chu (wk), Neil Broom, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson
Michael Rippon, Jacob Duffy, Angus McKenzie, Neil Broom, Tasman Jones, Anaru Kitchen, Llew Johnson, Matthew Bacon, Hamish Rutherford, Max chu, Nick Kelly
The pitch at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, is a good one that is likely to slow down a little towards the second half. Batters will have a good time when the surface is hard. But slower bowlers will come in to play as it begins to grip a little.
The weather at Christchurch on the day of the game will be sunny, pleasant, and warm.
The average score batting first at the Hagley Oval is just 158. However, in both the games on the venue this season, the team batting first achieved a 170-plus total. In this match too, the team batting first would be looking to set a target of around 180-odd runs.
This is a good batting first wicket and both the previous games on the venue this season were won by the team batting first. So win the toss and choose to bat first will be the way to go.
Canterbury Kings have won 4 of the last 5 matches they have played against Otago Volts. Playing at home will give them an added advantage in this game. Their batting has been a little inconsistent and if Otago can make early inroads, their chances will brighten. But looking at the strengths of both the squads, it looks like Canterbury will be dominating this game.
Expect the Canterbury Kings to win this match.
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