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Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings, Plunket Shield 2022-23, Today Match Prediction

Basin Reserve, Wellington

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Wellington takes on Canterbury as both look to continue their undefeated start in the Plunket Shield 2022-23

  • Wellington has won just 2 of the last 5 matches.
  • Canterbury has not lost a game in their last 4 matches (1 win & 3 draws)
  • Wellington won their last game, whereas Canterbury drew their first game of this season.

We predict that Canterbury will defeat Wellington.

Tournament: Plunket Shield 2022-23 | Format: TEST | Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington | Toss: To Bowl

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One side is happy with a win, the other is content with a draw, and both going into this game undefeated, will want to continue that no matter what. Wellington won their last game, whereas Canterbury drew their first game of the season; this match promises to be one of the must-watch matches of the 2nd round of fixtures in the Plunket Shield.

Wellington would find themselves extremely lucky to be going on to this game with a win behind their back. The game turned out to be an absolute thriller, given Wellington won by 1 wicket and scampered past the finish line. In their defense, they had a mighty impressive bowling and batting display which enabled them to win the game.  On the other hand, Canterbury, in spite of being mighty dominant, still ended up with a draw. They produced one of the most dominant batting displays, scoring 400 runs in their 1st innings. Overall they will want to introspect on how they went about things and hopefully have a much better performance in the coming game.

Both teams are undefeated going into this contest and will do everything in their power to keep it that way. This promises to be a really interesting contest. 

Wellington Firebirds Preview

Wellington is coming into this season on the back of finishing last in the points table in the 2021-22 season. They have gotten off to a very good start winning their first game of the season and will look forward to carrying on that momentum not only for the next game but throughout the tournament.

The bowling department was exceptional in the 1st innings as they bowled out Northern Districts for 225, but they went off the rails in the 2nd innings as they conceded 394. Michael Snedden picked up 2 wickets in the 1st innings and 3 wickets in the 2nd innings. But the star of the bowling was Ian McPeake, who picked up 4 wickets & 5 wickets in both innings, respectively.

The batting department was exceptional in the 1st innings, scoring 370 runs courtesy of Rachin Ravindra’s 126 and Tom Blundell’s 102. Tom Blundel came up trumps in the 2nd innings playing a crucial 68 off 72, winning the game for Wellington. They would want more of the same come the second game and register a much more dominant win.

Key Players: Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden

Wellington Firebirds Predicted Playing XI:

Rachin Ravindra, Luke Georgeson, Troy Johnson, Nick Kelly, Tim Robinson, Tom Blundell (c & wk), Nick Greenwood, Adam Leonard, Ian McPeake, Michael Snedden, James Hartshorn

Canterbury Kings Preview

Canterbury would be a tad bit disappointed not to have won the game, given how dominant they were throughout the game. In the end, they ran out of time, as Central Districts played out till the end of the day. Canterbury would want to make a comeback in their next game and hopefully win it this time around.

The bowling department was decent, given the conditions. Matt Henry was the bowlers' pick as he managed to pick up 7 wickets in the match. The one phase of play in which they would be very disappointed would be, letting lower-order batsmen Brett Randal get away with 90 crucial runs, as that proved to be a very crucial point of the game.

The batting department was exceptional as they piled up 416 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Cole McConchie 78 (117), Leo Carter 52 (113) &  Mitch Hay 64 (117) were extremely dominant in the middle order, but Tom Latham scored a sensational 167 (308) and ensured Cantebury were in the driver's seat. Canterbury would want to carry on with this performance and continue their run in the Plunket Shield.

Key Players: Tom Latham, Cole McConchie, Matt Henry, Fraser Sheat

Canterbury Kings Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Latham, Chad Bowes, Henry Nicholls, Cole McConchie (c), Leo Carter, Mitch Hay (wk), Theo van Woerkom, Sean Davey, Matt Henry, Fraser Sheat, William ORourke

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
9.86 k/h
From: NNW
59%
03h
15
0 mm.
10.72 k/h
From: NNW
95%
06h
15
0 mm.
10.56 k/h
From: NNW
87%
09h
14
0 mm.
9.26 k/h
From: NNW
95%
12h
13
0 mm.
8.24 k/h
From: NNW
92%
15h
13
0 mm.
6.54 k/h
From: NNW
95%
18h
13
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3.83 k/h
From: NW
96%
21h
14
0 mm.
3.43 k/h
From: NW
100%

Weather Conditions

The weather forecast seems to be quite overcast, with a high possibility of rain. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 18°C - 11°C range.

Venue Details

The Basin Reserve, also known as “The Basin”, is located in Wellington, New Zealand. The stadium is commonly used for test matches and has a capacity of 11,600
The pitch is a batsman-friendly wicket and has a history of staying good through the 4 innings. Batting in the 4th innings is quite a task, but still, teams usually bowl first after winning the toss.

Toss: To Bowl

Out of the 66 games played, matches won by bowling first have been 28, whilst the batting first team have won just 13 games. Teams will look to win the toss and bowl first. 

Wellington will be coming into the game with their confidence high after winning the first game and will be looking to continue their winning run. On the other hand, Canterbury will be looking to convert their dominant display into results and win the game. Given the form and the team setup, we believe Canterbury have the upper hand in this game.
 

We predict that Canterbury will defeat Wellington.

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