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Toss Winner - Central Stags won the toss and chose to bat first
With two consecutive wins in as many matches, Central Stags look to bag a hat-trick of triumphs!
We are expecting Central Stags to win!
Tournament: Super Smash 2019-20 | Format: T20 | Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Having won the last two games by comfortable margins, defending champions Central Stags look in supreme form as they lock horns with a frailing Northern Knights in an attempt to stay atop the Super Smash 2019-20 points tally.
While the Stags have just the perfect balance in the batting and bowling lineup capable of winning games in a row, the Knights, on the other hand, are yet to establish their stronghold in the ongoing T20 duels. The Dean Brownlie-led side had lost the previous outing against Stags by a margin of 120 runs and it is about time they settle the scores for in the coming game at Hamilton.
Skipper Tom Bruce (56) and Dean Cleaver (48) were the leading run-getters with the bat and would carry the onus of getting the bulk of runs in the coming game as well. George Worker and Christian Leopard couldn't do much in the previous game and would be backing themselves to exhibit a towering exhibition in the first few overs.
Kieron Barnett gave a glimpse of his destruction laying ability against the Northern Knights in the last outing and would look to go berserk from the very delivery in the coming game.
Tom Bruce (c), Willem Ludick, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, Dane Cleaver (wk), Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Seth Rance, Kieran Barnett
Dane Cleaver, Willem Ludick, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce, Ryan Watson
Batters haven't clicked for the Knights which has been a cause of concern in the ongoing T20 matches. The top-order trio of Tim Seifert, Anton Devcich, and skipper Dean Brownlie was dismissed for petty totals and with the forthcoming game being played at Seddon Park, the trio would be backing themselves to come into form.
In the middle-order, Brett Hampton (52) and Joe Carter (55) were among the few positives with the bat as the Knights put up a total of 155 runs against Otago's 198 in the 1st innings. Bowling wise, Daryl Mitchell (4/32) and Anurag Verma (3/31) did a decent job in the recently finished outing and would be backing themselves to come up with similar figures at Hamilton.
Dean Brownlie (c), Matthew Fisher, Anurag Verma, Brett Hampton, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Seifert (wk), Anton Devich, Ish Sodhi, Joe Carter, Daniel Flynn
Brett Randell, Ish Sodhi, Anurag Verma, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Joe Carter, Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Flynn
Rains are being anticipated in the first half and even prior to the commencement of the game. However, there would be clear skies as the game progress with the temperature gliding between 12-15 degrees in Celsius.
The wicket at Seddon Park has been a batters paradise with 155 being the average 1st innings score. With the dew factor coming into play, the batters might enjoy chasing the total without much difficulty.
The toss winning team must opt to bowl first as its a chasing venue with the batsmen enjoying a considerable amount of dominance. Bowlers might have to put in extra efforts for the results to fall in their favor.
Northern Knights have enjoyed dominance over the Stags in recent years. Yet the Knights haven't figured out the winning formula this season, one could vouch for the Central Stags to surface meritorious at Seddon Park.
The Stags have won two games in a row and with the momentum favoring them at present, they could be dubbed as a stronger side in the coming bout.
We are expecting Central Stags to win!
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