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Super Smash T20 2018-19, Match 4: Northern Knights vs Central Stags – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

Northern Knights are expected to continue their winning form and bag their second consecutive win of the tournament.

Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson of Somerset. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Northern Knights, the defending champions of the Super Smash T20 started the latest season with a big win as they defeated the Wellington Firebirds by 45 runs in the tournament opener. Captain Dean Brownlie’s 99 played a crucial role in powering his team to a big total of 215/6. The Knights’ spinners pulled back the things after the opposition made 63 runs in the mandatory powerplay. The Knights are now boosted by the inclusion of Corey Anderson ahead of the second round.

They will be up against Central Stags in the 4th game of the tournament. The Tom Bruce-led Central Stags will begin their campaign at the Bay Oval. The Stags were one of the two teams to defeat the Knights in the previous edition of the tournament. In the last ten Twenty20 matches, the Northern Knights lost only once; that too by a huge 49-run margin at the Bay Oval only. They will be hoping to repeat it and start the tournament with a win.

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Match Details:

The 4th match of the Super Smash T20 2018-19 will be played between Northern Knights and Central Stags at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (6:00 AM GMT) (11:30 AM IST).

The game will be live on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Streaming available on Hotstar.

Pitch Condition/Report:

In the six completed T20 matches played at the Bay Oval since the start of 2017, the lowest first innings total has been 181. All these six matches were won by teams batting first only. However, there was no evidence that teams struggle while chasing. It was mainly because of conceding a little too many during the first innings.

Squads:

Northern Knights:

Dean Brownlie (C), Corey Anderson, Peter Bocock, Anton Devcich, Daniel Flynn, Zak Gibson, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Randell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.

Central Stags:

Tom Bruce (C), Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver (WK), Christian Leopard, Willem Ludick, Felix Murray, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Will Young.

Probable XI:

Northern Knights:

Dean Brownlie (C), Corey Anderson, Peter Bocock, Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton, Scott Kuggeleijn/Daniel Flynn, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Randell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.

Central Stags:

Tom Bruce (C), Doug Bracewell, Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver (WK), Christian Leopard, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler/Felix Murray, George Worker, Will Young.

Power Picks:

Corey Anderson was lethal during the T20 Blast this year. The all-rounder scored 514 runs in the 15 innings at an average of 42.83 and a strike-rate of 169.07. Though Anderson didn’t bowl much in the recent times, he will be a big difference in his country’s T20 league with the bat.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Despite bagging a duck in the opening game, Anton Devcich covered up with three wickets to his name. This shows how important making the all-rounder a multiplier will be. Tim Seifert and Tom Bruce are alternatives as captain. Corey Anderson and Ish Sodhi will be apt for the vice-captain role.

Best Playing XI:

Tim Seifert, Tom Bruce, Will Young, Dean Brownlie, Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Seth Rance, Brett Randell, Ish Sodhi.

Risky Playing XI:

Tim Seifert, Tom Bruce, Josh Clarkson, Daryl Mitchell, Corey Anderson (VC), Anton Devcich, Brett Hampton (C), Doug Bracewell, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi.

Expert Advice:

The batsmen and all-rounders categories are packed with main picks. The likes of Bruce, Clarkson, Mitchell, Anderson, Brownlie and Young are in the batsmen list while Devcich, Santner, Bracewell and Worker and among the all-rounders. Only a maximum of seven players are to be picked across both the lists consisting of ten top players. Clarkson and one among Mitchell and Brownlie are the players who can be excluded.

Probable Winners:

Northern Knights are expected to continue their winning form and bag their second consecutive win of the tournament.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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