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Super Smash T20 2018-19, Final: Northern Knights vs Central Stags: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner are available for Northern Knights.

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Central Stags. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The defending champions Northern Knights come into the grand final on the back of two consecutive defeats in the league phase. The Knights lost only three of the ten matches they played in the round-robin stage and had a six-match winning streak. However, the two losses might not affect the Knights who have made as many as six changes from their previous game. The availability of international players on their side will make them strong.

Tim Southee, who had a decent T20I series against India recently, will join the Knights for the final and is in line for his first Super Smash game of the season. They will be up against the Central Stags who have posted some of the biggest totals in the season. The Stags are coming from the Elimination Final where they defeated Auckland who were on a 5-match winning streak. Blair Tickner could feature in the final after missing the Eliminator due to an ankle injury he suffered during a training session.

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Match Details:

The Final of the Super Smash T20 2018-19 will be played between Northern Knights and Central Stags at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The match starts at 4:10 PM local time (3:10 AM GMT) (8:40 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:

The Seddon Park in Hamilton is one of the finest venues to play the T20 cricket. The short boundaries at the venue help the chasing teams but the last five matches have been won by teams batting first. However, four of those five games have been won by a margin of fewer than ten runs.

Average 1st innings score: 194 (Last four Twenty20 matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 5

Squads:

Northern Knights:

Nick Kelly, Tim Seifert, Dean Brownlie (C), Daryl Mitchell, Corey Anderson, Brett Hampton, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Kyle Abbott, Ish Sodhi.

Bench – Daniel Flynn, Neil Wagner.

Squad Changes:

In – Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner

Out – Joe Walker, BJ Watling, Joe Carter, Peter Bocock, Tarun Nethula, Zak Gibson.


Central Stags:

George Worker, Will Young, Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce (C), Dean Cleaver (WK), Doug Bracewell, Kieran Noema-Barnett/Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, Adam Milne, Ben Wheeler.

Bench – Bevan Small.

Squad Changes:

In – Blair Tickner.

Team News:

Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner are available for this fixture after been released from the New Zealand squad. Blair Tickner has passed the fitness Test ahead of the crucial game. Josh Clarkson will miss out due to injuries for Central Stags.

Power Picks:

Before joining the New Zealand T20I squad, Daryl Mitchell was in top form in the Super Smash. He scored 318 runs from nine games with two fifties and bagged five wickets. Mitchell picked up a couple of crucial wickets in the decider T20I against India.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Daryl Mitchell, Will Young, Tim Seifert

Vice-Captain options – Dean Foxcroft, Tom Bruce, Dean Brownlie

Alternatives – Nick Kelly, George Worker, Corey Anderson


Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Tim Seifert (VC)

Batters – George Worker, Nick Kelly, Will Young, Dean Brownlie

All-Rounders – Daryl Mitchell (C), Dean Foxcroft, Corey Anderson

Bowlers – Scott Kuggeleijn, Adam Milne, Blair Tickner

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Tim Seifert

Batters – Tom Bruce, Brett Hampton, Will Young (VC), Dean Brownlie

All-Rounders – Dean Foxcroft (VC), Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner

Bowlers – Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Blair Tickner

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Expert Advice:

Going by the batting positions, the likes of Will Young, Dean Brownlie, Nick Kelly and George Worker will be perfect from the batsmen’s category. Tom Bruce can also be a considerable option while Brett Hampton’s position is unpredictable.

Probable Winners:

Northern Knights are expected to defend their title but could face a tough fight from the Central Stags.

*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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