Who will win Central Stags vs Northern Knights, Super Smash 2019?
The opening game of the Super Smash 2019-20 will see defending champions Central Stags take on the Knights - runners-up of the previous season. The McLean Park in Napier will be the venue for this match to be played on December 13. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM local time.
CS vs NK, Super Smash 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, SuperSport, ATN Cricket Plus, Astro Cricket HD, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV, Ten Sports Pakistan
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, SuperSport Live, Now TV
CS vs NK Toss Prediction
The average first-innings score at McLean Park in T20Is is 191 while the average second-innings score is 154. This looks like a bat-first ground and so the toss-winning team is more likely to bat first.
CS vs NK Weather Report
A nice and clear weather has been forecast for this game. Temperature is expected to be between 19 and 22 degrees Celsius.
CS vs NK Pitch Condition
The pitch at Napier has generally been good for batting. Seam bowlers could find some movement off the surface early on.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Central Stags vs Northern Knights, Super Smash 2019...
Central Stags Team News & Playing 11
CS Team News
Central Stags will be without Ross Taylor who is currently away on nation duty. Will Young and George Worker are expected to open the innings and Dean Foxcroft too is likely to bat at the top of the order. The team's bowling line-up looks good with the likes of Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne. Tom Bruce will be leading the Stags this Super Smash season.
CS Key Players
In the absence of Ross Taylor, Central Stags will expect the likes of George Worker, Will Young and Tom Bruce to fire with the bat. Tom Bruce was the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament last time and the team will want their captain to lead from the front in this opening match. Blair Tickner, who picked up 16 wickets last season to finish among the leading wicket-takers, will be the main threat in this bowling attack. Adam Milne and Seth Rance are two other bowlers to watch out for.
CS Recent Form
Central Stags went all the way to win their third title in the last edition of the Super Smash League. They finished third on the points table at the end of the league stage with five wins, four losses and a washout from ten matches. The Stags defeated Auckland Aces by 44 runs in the preliminary final before thrashing the Knights by 67 runs in the final.
Central Stags Predicted Playing 11
Will Young, George Worker, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce (c), Dane Cleaver (wk), Dough Bracewell, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Adam Milne, Seth Rance, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner
Northern Knights Team News & Playing 11
NK Team News
The Knights will be led by Dean Brownlie this season and he is joined by Corey Anderson, Daryl Mitchell and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert in the batting department. Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Anton Devcich and Henry Cooper will make up the bowling attack and are likely to feature in the starting eleven on Friday. However, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Neil Wagner are all in Australia with the New Zealand national team.
NK Key Players
Tim Seifert, Dean Brownlie, Daryl Mitchell and Corey Anderson are the key men for the Knights in terms of batting. Their middle-order batting is going to depend a lot on Daryl Mitchell who was one of the leading run-getters last season with 323 runs. With the ball, the Knights will be counting on Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn and Anton Devcich to deliver the goods against the Central Stags. Kuggeleijn took the most wickets for the team last time and the pacer will look to make an impact straight away.
NK Recent Form
Knights had a successful campaign last season where they topped the points table with seven wins and three losses. They faced defeats in their last two league matches - against Auckland Aces and Otago Volts. Being league leaders, the Knights qualified directly for the final where they lost to Central Stags to finish runners-up.
Northern Knights Predicted Playing 11
Tim Seifert (wk), Nick Kelly, Dean Brownlie (c), Daryl Mitchell, Corey Anderson, Daniel Flynn, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Brett Hampton, Anton Devcich, Henry Cooper
Central Stags vs Northern Knights Team Form in Last Five Matches
CS : W W L W L
NK : L L L W W
CS vs NK Head to Head
Central Stags and Knights have played a total of 26 matches against each other in the New Zealand domestic twenty20 tournaments. The former have won 11 of them while the latter have won 14. One of those matches has ended in a no result.
CS vs NK Head to Head Stats
Central Stags vs Northern Knights Betting Odds
Bookmakers have the Knights as favorites to win this opening match of the Super Smash 2019-20. They have been priced at 1.80 with Bet365 and 1.74 with 10CRIC. Central Stags are being offered at odds of 2 with Bet365 and 1.90 with 10CRIC.
Central Stags vs Northern Knights Prediction
Central Stags and Knights are two of the top teams in the tournament and so one can expect a close contest on Friday. The Knights have the edge in terms of their better head-to-head count and they have beaten the Stags three times in their previous five attempts. However, their bowling looks depleted due to the absence of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner and Neil Wagner and that should work in favor of the opposition. The Stags will be high on confidence after winning the tournament last time and we are backing them to win the season opener.
Back Central Stags to beat Knights at 2 with Bet365 and 1.90 with 10CRIC.