However, this match will bring a golden opportunity for them to turn things around as the Northern Knights would be without four of their international stars and would be relatively weaker. The Knights will miss the services of Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi all of whom are part of the New Zealand T20I squad for the series against India.
In their absence, Dean Brownlie and Nicholas Kelly would be the main men for the team with the bat. Brownlie has scored 229 runs from seven matches and will get good support from all-rounder Corey Anderson in the middle order.
The onus will be on Kyle Abbott and Neil Wagner to pick some early wickets. Both bowlers have quality and have done well on the international stage.
Otago Volts have been inconsistent despite having the likes of Anaru Kitchen, Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom who certainly have talent but good innings from their bat have been far and few.
Kitchen is the leading run-scorer with close to 200 runs while Ben Cox scored 49 in the last game against Canterbury Kings. Among the bowlers, Jacob Duffy is the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets from eight matches. He also bowled well in the reverse encounter and claimed 3-18. Christi Viljoen has 10 wickets from six matches and would look to add to his tally.
Northern Knights- Nicholas Frederick Kelly, Dean Brownlie (c), Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Daniel Flynn, Corey Anderson, PD Bocock (wk), Kyle Abbott, Neil Wagner, Tarun Nethula, Brett Randell
Otago Volts- Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom, JJ Tasman-Jones, Josh Finnie, Anaru Kitchen, Ben Cox (wk), Brad Wilson, Michael Rippon, Christi Viljoen, Nathan G Smith, Jacob Duffy (c)
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Northern Knights
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Dean Brownlie (Northern Knights), Anaru Kitchen (Otago Volts)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Neil Wagner (Northern Knights), Christi Viljoen (Otago Volts)
Most Sixes – Dean Brownlie (Northern Knights), Neil Broom (Otago Volts)
Team Scores Batting First – Northern Knights 165+, Otago Volts 140+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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