Northern Knights would look to take their juggernaut a step further when they meet Wellington Firebirds at the Basin Reserve on Saturday. The Knights are sitting at the head of the table, with everything going their way so far in the competition. Coming into this fixture riding high on the confidence of three wins on the bounce, Northern Knights would be a confident unit on the outfield. After five round of games, the Knights have only lost one game.
Meanwhile, Wellington Firebirds, have lost more than they have won but fortunately for them, they are next to the league leaders Northern Knights on the Super Smash T20 points table. However, they must collect a win here if they are to retain their position or else they will slip down.
Where – Basin Reserve, Wellington
When – 08:40 AM IST, January 12
Head-to-head (last five fixtures)
Northern Knights – 3, Wellington Firebirds – 2
Form guide (last five fixtures, recent first)
Northern Knights – W W W L W
Wellington Firebirds – W NR L W W
Mitchell Santner and Scott Kuggeleijn are not available for Northern Knights (International duty). Kyle Abbot is the new addition and is likely to feature.
Troy Johnson has been added to Wellington Firebirds’ squad for the fixture.
NK Playing 11: Daniel Flynn (c), Neil Wagner, Chris Jordan, Tarun Nethula, Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Hampton, PD Bocock (wk), Kyle Abbott
Northern Knights Squad: Dean Brownlie (c), Kyle Abbott, Corey Anderson, Peter Bocock, Joe Carter, Daniel Flynn, Brett Hampton, Nick Kelly, Daryl Mitchell, Tarun Nethula, Brett Randell, Neil Wagner and Joe Walker.
WEL Playing 11: Jeetan Patel, Hamish Bennett (c), Michael Bracewell, Malcolm Nofal, Devon Conway, Logan van Beek, Adam Hose, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Pollard, Ollie Newton, Ben Sears
Wellington Firebirds Squad: Hamish Bennett (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Adam Hose, Troy Johnson, Iain McPeake, Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel, Michael Pollard, Ben Sears, Logan van Beek, Luke Woodcock
Wicket-keeper: Peter Bocock is a better option since he opens the batting for Northern Knights
Batsmen: Firebirds’ opening pair Michael Bracewell and Devon Conway have been in lightning form. Adam Hose was another Firebirds’ batsman who came good in the last fixture.
All-rounder: You can choose from Anton Devich, Brett Hampton and Mark Nofal in this section.
Bowlers: Ben Sears was brilliant in the last outing for Wellington while Hamish Bennett is another who has bowled with great control and picked wickets. Chris Jordan is another option in the bowling department.
QUICK TIP: Northern Knights have been a dominant side so far in the tournament. This could well be a contest dominated by the Knights.
Make NK vs WEL Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.