The Wellington Firebirds will defeat table-toppers Northern Districts Knights in this Super Smash match at their home grounds in Wellington. The win here will consolidate their position as the 2nd ranked team.BET NOW
The 15th match of the Burger King Super Smash for 2018/19 will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on the 12th of January 2019. Hosts Wellington Firebirds will take on the Northern Knights in this match and it will be the 2nd meeting between the two teams this season. You are currently reading the online cricket betting tip for this Twenty20 match provided by Premium Cricket; the leader in online cricket betting predictions.
The home team Wellington Firebirds currently 0ccupy the 2nd spot in the Super Smash league table having recorded 2 wins from 5 matches. They have lost 2 games with one match being abandoned due to rain. They are on 10 points with a NRR of 0.771. The Firebirds were struggling in 4th position with a negative NRR but a 65 run win over Canterbury Kings has pushed them above the Central Stags and the Otago Volts. The Northern Knights are still maintaining the top position in the league table having recorded 4 wins from 5 matches. They have 16 points and a NRR of 0.694. A win here will raise the Knights up to 20 points; 10 points clear of the Firebirds, Stags and the Volts.
The Northern Knights met the Wellington Firebirds on the 22nd of December for the 1st match of Super Smash 2018/19. The Knights batted 1st and scored 215 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Captain Dean Brownlie was the top scorer with 99 off 46 deliveries while Tim Seifert made 46 off 28 deliveries. The pair put on 72 runs between them after Anton Devcich was dismissed off the 2nd ball of the innings. Brownlie’s innings was studded with 10 boundaries and 6 sixes. Daryl Mitchell and Mitchell Santner added the finishing touches to the innings hitting 29 and 22 runs respectively. Jeetan Patel was the most successful bowler for the Firebirds with 2 wickets while Hamish Bennett was the most economical conceding just 28 runs off his 4 overs.
The Firebirds began their run-chase in a grand note and the OnlineCricketBetting predictors and cricket enthusiasts watched what was unfolding gleefully. Devon Conway top scored with 45 while Adam Hose made 36 off just 21 deliveries. Jimmy Neesham, Tom Blundell and Michael Pollard were the other key contributors with the bat for the Firebirds. The loss of wickets at regular intervals really hurt the Firebirds in their quest to win that match as they were bowled out for 170 runs with the last 6 wickets tumbling for just 12 runs. Anton Devcich and Ish Sodhi shared 6 wickets between them while Daryl Mitchell captured 2 for 7 in 1.3 overs of medium pace.
Let’s look at the composition of the teams next.
Michael Bracewell is the leading run-scorer of the tournament as of today. He has scored 209 runs in 4 innings and his last 3 knocks have yielded scores of 60, 74 and 69. More importantly, he is striking at over 190 runs per 100 balls and he is sure to have caught the attention of the national selectors. Left-handed opening batsman Devon Conway is 2nd in the list for the Firebirds with 161 runs. He has not hit a half-century yet but has three 40 plus scores under his belt. Adam Host has crossed the 100 run mark while the form of Mathew Pollard and Tom Blundell has not been that great of late.
Hamish Bennett leads the bowling honors for the Firebirds thus far. He has captured 7 wickets in 4 matches with figures of 3 for 22 as his best. Ollie Newton has captured 5 wickets while Logan van Beek and Ben Sears have captured 4 wickets apiece with their right-arm medium pace in just 2 matches played. Jeetan Patel is the key spinner in the Wellington side and the off-spinner has captured 5 wickets thus far with best bowling figures of 2 for 21. The inclusion of 20-year-old Sears has brought new life to the Firebirds attack and his 4 for 16 against Canterbury was an effort full of masterly control over the opposition batsmen.
Daryl Mitchell has overtaken Dean Brownlie as the top run-scorer for the Knights. Mitchell has scored 163 runs in 5 innings with 78 against Auckland Aces his best. Brownlie has scored 156 runs in 4 innings but he missed the last match against the Canterbury Kings. Tim Seifert may not be available for selection due to national duty and thus the responsibility of scoring runs will be firmly on Brett Hampton, Anton Devcich and Daniel Flynn. Corey J Anderson’s inclusion is sure to have motivated the Knights to play attacking cricket and it will be interesting to see what sort of a contribution he can make against the spirited Wellington bowling attack.
Scott Kuggeleijn has been able to make early inroads into opposition batsmen so far in the tournament. With the best effort of 4 for 18 against the Auckland Aces, the right arm fast bowler has captured 10 wickets in 5 matches. He has been a bit expensive with his last effort against the Wellington Firebirds resulting in him leaking 58 runs in 4 overs. Daryl Mitchell will be expected to take the new ball with Kuggeleijn while England’s Chris Jordan being the most experienced pace bowler out of the lot. The fast bowler with a bustling run-up captured 2 for 36 against Canterbury and seemed to be in good rhythm. Anton Devcich and Mitch Santner are the two primary spin bowlers in the side. They have captured 13 wickets between them and are conceding runs at around 7 runs to the over.
The prediction on the outcome of this Super Smash match is as follows. The Northern Knights are favorites due to their superior record so far in the tournament. The Wellington Firebirds have been good during the last 2 matches and we think that they will have another good outing here. Our prediction is a win for the Wellington Firebirds, who we think will defeat the Northern Knights to record their 3rd win of the tournament.