2019-20 Super Smash – Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – 03:10 (UK)

Where is Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds taking place? Basin Reserve, Wellington

What is the expected weather for Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds? 18c with some cloud cover in very humid conditions but little chance of rain

What channel is Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Northern Knights vs Wellington Firebirds? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CRICKET20

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTHERN KNIGHTS

  • Northern Knights overcame the disappointment of a last-ball defeat against Otago Volts as they produced a solid display to defeat Wellington Firebirds in their last game and keep their hopes of making the finals alive.
  • The Knights did not allow any partnerships to do any real damage to them as they took consistent wickets with Ish Sodhi producing a brilliant spell with his four overs as he was able to end with figures of 3-12.
  • That left the Knights chasing 162 for victory and Daryl Mitchell, who was not handed the ball after his final ball catastrophe against the Volts, led the way with a quick-fire 58 from 35 balls to put his side in a great position and they did what was required to win by five wickets.

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

  • Wellington Firebirds will be given the chance to hit back immediately against the Northern Knights after they were beaten in their recent contest mainly thanks to a devastating spell from the Knights’ Ish Sodhi.
  • The Blackcap played a huge role as he restricted the Firebirds’ run rate having allowed just 12 runs from his four overs and also took some key wickets two of the top three in the order falling to him before Jimmy Neesham was bowled for 16.
  • After posting 161/8, the Firebirds were left short of runs on a good pitch and failed to get in to the tail as the Knights lost five wickets in pursuit of their score which they reached with six balls to spare.

THE PREDICTION

Northern Knights could not afford to lose to Wellington Firebirds and produced the goods when it mattered as they remained in the hunt for a spot in the finals. The two teams face-off again in another important contest and the Firebirds will be keen to respond as they look to strength their own position in the standings. The defeat last time out was just their second of the competition and although they possess the quality to bounce back, the Knights should be able to win again.

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