Wellington (@1.3) vs Otago (@3.75)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Wellington will win

Wellington – Otago Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 22:05

Wellington, on the other hand, have not got the start they would have wanted. They faced a big defeat in the opening match of the season against the Knights before their next game against Auckland Aces was washed out. Wellington will be playing under more pressure which is another reason why we feel that Otago have a better chance of emerging victorious here. But they will be aware of the fact that they have not been able to beat Wellington Firebirds in their previous three completed meetings. Though they will be playing at their home ground, having lost two of their last four completed matches here won't give them much confidence. Otago Volts have made an ideal start to their Super Smash campaign, beating Canterbury Kings by five wickets in Sunday's encounter.

The Aces eventually won the match with six wickets in hand and more than two overs to spare. All Aces needed was - to bat responsibly which they did to perfection and thereby denied Firebirds to sneak into the game. Although they started off brilliantly with the ball by picking Martin Guptill on the first delivery of the second innings, they couldn't put pressure on star-studded batting lineup of Auckland Aces.

In the last match of Otago, they have to face a bad weather condition and match points were given equally to both team, but if we see that match Otago was gonna win easily. Now, this is the second match for Otago and looking at preview and prediction Otago will win this match to get top position on point table. so according to our guru analysis say that Otago is favorite for 5thToday match Prediction.

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It's been a month since they last tasted success and that was against Wellington Firebirds. As is the case in the points table, things could get close between the two sides, but we think that the Volts will eventually pull it off to add two important points to their kitty. They're facing the same team and will be hoping for a similar result. Firebirds haven't looked convincing at all in almost all the matches they've played. Although, the Volts have had a similar sort of fate, their last win over Firebirds should be a confidence booster for them. For Otago Volts, the tournament has come a full circle.

Wellington Firebirds may have faced defeats in their last couple of games but they have quite a few of their players in top form. However, they will be under slightly more pressure as they are coming without a win in their last five matches. Both the teams lost their last match and will be looking to get back on the winning track and gain some momentum as the tournament heads into its business end. Otago Volts have the home advantage on their side and they defeated Canterbury Kings at this ground in their very first game of the season. The Firebirds seem to be slightly ahead of the Volts on both batting and bowling front which is why we feel they are better placed to win this match.

Although there were a few little cameos from their late order, it proved to be a little too late as they finished four runs short of Aces' total. Unlike Aces, the Volts got off to a poor start and lost two wickets in the second over with just eight runs on the board. With wickets falling at regular intervals, they always looked one-step behind in the chase.

The team's bowling department looks well-oiled with Ollie Newton, Jeetan Patel and Ben Sears all exhibiting good form. Newton, with ten wickets in six games, is amongst the season's top five bowlers while Sears has six wickets in three games including a four-fer against Canterbury Kings. Their top three - Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell and Adam Hose - have shown good form this Super Smash and the team will be counting on them to score the big runs against Otago Volts. Patel has bowled well occasionally and the team will need the off-spinner to lend good support to Newton and Sears. However, Wellington will also want James Neesham and Tom Blundell to step up. Hose has hit two fifties this season and is averaging close to 49. Bracewell is currently the second-best batsman in the competition with 245 runs which includes three half-centuries, one of which was a magnificent 29-ball 60 in the reverse encounter.

Wellington will also have high expectations from their wicketkeeper Blundell who cracked a couple of half-centuries last season. Their batting seems reliant mainly on Devon Conway, Adam Hose and Tom Blundell. Patel took nine wickets in as many matches last term and the off-spinner was the pick of the bowlers in the last game with figures of 2-39 from four overs. Skipper Bennett was the most economical bowler, conceding 28 runs off his four overs, and he will be looking to lead from the front once again. Hamish Bennett, James Neesham and Jeetan Patel form the major threat in this bowling attack. Conway and Hose scored 45 and 36 respectively in the tournament opener against the Knights and it will be crucial from the team's perspective that at least one of them goes on to score big.

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They were very impressive with the bat in their campaign opener against Canterbury Kings with Hamish Rutherford's 54 and Anaru Kitchen's 44 being the highlights. The left-arm chinaman kept things tight and finished his quota of four overs with figures of 1-26. Otago's bowling will depend mainly on Christi Viljoen, Jacob Duffy and Michael Rippon. Viljoen was the standout performer with the ball against the Kings with figures of 2-13 from two overs and the pacer will be backed by his team to do well in this match. Skipper Duffy was expensive last time and he will look to bounce back in style. Neil Broom and Shawn Hicks, who hit two half-centuries last season, are also key figures in this line-up. Otago Volts will expect these two batsmen to put up a strong batting performance against Wellington as well. Rippon was pretty impressive as well.

Jacob Duffy and Christi Viljoen have been the standout performers for Otago in terms of bowling. The team will once again expect strong performances from Hamish Rutherford, Anaru Kitchen and Ben Cox. Kitchen has scored the most runs for the Volts this Super Smash season and he even hit a fifty in the reverse encounter against the Wellington Firebirds. Viljoen, who took a four-fer in the reverse fixture, could be difficult to deal with in the middle overs. Duffy is one of the tournament's leading wicket-takers with ten wickets in six matches and the skipper will look to land a few early blows on the Firebirds in the powerplay. It was a good batting effort from Otago Volts in the previous game against Auckland Aces with almost every batsman chipping in with decent contributions. Rutherford top-scored with 37 last time and it will be up to him to take the team off to a brisk start.

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