2020-21 Super Smash – Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings taking place? Monday 25th January, 2021 – 02:10 (UK)

Where is Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings taking place? Basin Reserve, Wellington

Where can I get tickets for Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings? Ticket information for the Dream11 Super Smash can be found here

What channel is Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Wellington Firebirds vs Canterbury Kings? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE LOWDOWN

WELLINGTON FIREBIRDS

  • After losing their first game of their 2020/21 Super Smash campaign, the Wellington Firebirds bounced back in style on Sunday by easing past Otago Volts by four wickets with two overs to spare to retain top spot.
  • Despite losing star all-rounder Jimmy Neesham to injury, Ben Sears stepped up to take 4/21 from his four overs and relished being handed more responsibility and they will need more of the same here against the Kings.
  • They will almost certainly name the same set of players for this game with the Kings but they will have to bat better especially with both openers Allen and Conway failing to reach double figures against the Volts so they will need to raise their game.

CANTERBURY KINGS

  • Canterbury Kings were comprehensively beaten by eight wickets against the Northern Knights last time out as their total of 118 in the rain-reduced affair was easily surpassed as they lost just their second game of the campaign.
  • The batting was woeful as only two batsmen scored more than 12 runs although they were up against the likes of Southee and Boult in that game so they will hope to fare better against the Firebirds here.
  • Daryl Mitchell is their top runscorer and he has only played five games so unless others like Bowes, McClure, McConchie and Carter step up, they are destined to struggle and rely on their bowlers to win matches for them.

THE PREDICTION

Both the Wellington Firebirds and Canterbury Kings will be playing in the knockout phase of this competition but it is the Firebirds who have the greater quality about them. The Kings need their bowling unit to be at their very best to give them a chance as their batting line-up is one of the weaker in the tournament. It is hard to see how they will keep up with the Firebirds who were in good form on Sunday and have good momentum behind them. Unless Matt Henry and Daryl Mitchell can make early inroads into the Firebirds batting line-up, the hosts have to be favoured to have too much firepower over the Kings.

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