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Central Stags vs Northern Knights, Super Smash 2020-21, Today Match Prediction

30 Dec 2020 | 06:10 | Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand
223/6 in 20.0 11.15 winner
178/9 in 20.0 8.90

Toss Winner - Central Stags won the toss and chose to bat first

winner Central Stags beat Northern Knights by 45 runs

Northern Knights start off their campaign against Central Districts

  • Northern Knights beat Pakistan A by 21 runs in their last T20 match.
  • Central Districts lost to Wellington by 39 runs in their opening match.
  • Central Districts lost both their matches played at this venue last season.

Northern Knights will win the match

  • Tournament: Super Smash 2020-21
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • Toss: To Bat

Super Smash 2020-21

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Wellington Firebirds 2 2 0 0 0 8 1.213
Canterbury Kings 1 1 0 0 0 4 3.05
Central Stags 2 1 1 0 0 4 0.15
Otago Volts 2 1 1 0 0 4 -0.4
Auckland Aces 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.386
Northern Knights 1 0 1 0 0 0 -2.226
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
8 1.213 2 2 0 0 0
4 3.05 1 1 0 0 0
4 0.15 2 1 1 0 0
4 -0.4 2 1 1 0 0
0 -1.386 2 0 2 0 0
0 -2.226 1 0 1 0 0

cs vs nk Match Prediction & Analysis

Northern Knights are the last team to start off in the Super Smash league with all the other six teams already playing their opening games. Albeit they played a T20 game against the visiting Pakistan A team in the meantime. Their opponents Central Districts lost their opening game against Wellington and would look to bring their campaign back on track in this game. Both teams failed to qualify for the knockouts in the last season after ending up in the bottom half of the points table. They will look to get their first points on board with a win & look for the right playing XI that gives balance and depth to their team.

Teams Preview

Central Stags Preview

Central Districts top-3 George Worker (27 runs), Bayley Wiggins (17 runs), and Dane Cleaver (29 runs) started in good note but failed to accelerate the innings in a 176-run chase.  Josh Clarkson was left stranded in his run-a-ball 30 runs while the wickets fell like a pack of cards at the other end eventually losing the match.  

Blair Tickner and Joey Field were the pick of the bowlers as they claimed 2 wickets each and gave runs at less than 8 RPO in the middle overs. Doug Bracewell and Noema-Barnett took a wicket each but leaked runs to give opposition leeway in the crucial junctures. Their bowling unit needs to perform well as a unit to stop the opposition scoring big runs.

Top players to bet on:

Bayley Wiggins – Wiggins showed intent early in the innings with a four and a six but his knock was cut short for just 17 runs. He will look to give a good start to his team in this crucial encounter.

Blair Tickner – Tickner had bowling figures of 4-0-30-2 in the last match and picked up the crucial wickets of Finn Allen and Jimmy Neesham. He will need to take more wickets in the early phase of the match to trouble the opposition consistently.

Central Stags Predicted Playing XI:

George Worker, Bayley Wiggins, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Josh Clarkson, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Christian Leopard, Joey Field, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner

Central Stags Actual Playing XI:

Dane Cleaver, Josh Clarkson, Ajaz Patel, George Worker, Doug Bracewell, Bayley Wiggins, Christian Leopard, Blair Tickner, Joey Field, Tom Bruce, Kieran Noema-Barnett

Northern Knights Preview

Northern Knights scored a massive 203 runs against the Pakistan A team.  Tim Seifert lead from the front with his unbeaten 99 runs with a half a dozen boundaries and sixes respectively. Katene Clark (40 runs), Bocock (22 runs), and Anton Devcich (38* runs) played crucial hand at the other end to put a big score on board.

Josh Brown claimed three important wickets despite going for 45 runs to strangle the opposition in the chase. Joe Walker and Brett Hampton kept chipping away with 3 wickets in the middle overs to never allow any partnership to flourish for the visitors. Mathew Fisher claimed 2 wickets in the final over to finish the match.

Top players to bet on:

Tim Seifert – Tim Seifert has scores of 57*, 84, 35, & 99* in the last 4 T20 matches he played. He will look to continue his brilliant form with the bat in the Super Smash league too.  

Brett Hampton – Hampton had figures of 2-0-11-2 and his 2 wickets in the middle overs completely shifted the momentum in their team`s favor in the chase.  

Northern Knights Predicted Playing XI:

Tim Seifert (wk), Katene Clarke, Peter Bocock, Anton Devcich (c), Henry Cooper, Brett Hampton, Josh Brown, Zak Gibson, Joe Walker, Brett Randell, Matthew Fisher

Northern Knights Actual Playing XI:

Matthew Fisher, Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie, Brett Hampton, Henry Cooper, Zak Gibson, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Brett Randell, Joe Walker, Katene Clarke

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 19 0 mm. 4.65 k/h From: WSW 11%
03h 19 0 mm. 6.51 k/h From: WSW 60%
06h 19 0 mm. 3.98 k/h From: SSW 81%
09h 16 0 mm. 3.47 k/h From: SSE 85%
12h 15 0 mm. 3.84 k/h From: SSE 93%
15h 15 0 mm. 3.1 k/h From: SE 95%
18h 14 0 mm. 2.81 k/h From: SE 97%
21h 18 0 mm. 1.22 k/h From: SE 79%

Weather Conditions

New Plymouth has a hot and sunny weather that are perfect for playing a T20 match. We expect no disturbances on the weather front in this match.

Venue Details

Pukkekura Park is a batting paradise and with shorter boundaries batsmen will feast on the bowlers at this venue. Last season teams batting first posted 190+ totals in both the matches.

Toss: To Bat

Teams batting first won both the matches played here last season after scoring big runs. Teams tend to choke under the pressure of chasing big totals but any score below 180 runs will be easy to chase on this pitch.   

CS vs NK Winning Prediction

Northern Knights have a strong batting line-up with 6-7 bowling options which gives them superb depth and balance in the playing XI. Central Districts batting unit does not have firepower in the lower order and lacks experience. They have a strong bowling attack then the opposition with a lot of big players like Tickner, Ajaz patel, Bracewell, and Noey Field. We expect Northern Knights to win this match owing to their all-round abilities and strong team on paper.

Northern Knights will win the match

Author: Dhinesh Kumar