Venue: Basin reserve, Wellington
Pitch & conditions:
An average scoring ground but the last few games have been below that average score mark due to the slowness of the pitch.
Wellington: Younghusband in, Sears out.
Otago: Cox in , Renwick out.
The only change that they can make after their last defeat is to include leggie Younghusband as a extra spin option but that looks unlikely just after one game.
Bracewell, Conway, Hose, Neesham, Blundell (wk), Pollard, Nofal, Woodcock, Newton, Patel, Bennett (C)
Their overseas signing, Worcester’s Ben Cox has joined the team & is set to play this game.
Also, Bacon is available who can be included if Otago wants to strengthen their bowling.
Broom, Rutherford, Kitchen, Cox (wk), Hicks, Finnie, Rippon, Smith, Viljoen, Duffy (C), Hunter.
My Dream11 Team:
(Cox is a much better pick as he’ll bat at 4, one higher than Blundell but Cox hasn’t played competitive cricket from very long & could possibly be rusty. Therefore, it’s sensible to back a regular performer like Blundell before we know how Cox adaps to the conditions here. But if you want to take a punt, go for Cox)
Batsmen: Conway, Broom, Rutherford, Bracewell/Hose
(Hose played a quick fire 36(21) in the last game while Bracewell managed to score only 6 but Bracewell has a very good record at Wellington & is someone who has consistently scored here)
Allrounders: Neesham (C), Rippon, Kitchen
Bowlers: Duffy, Patel, Newton.
My Power Players:
Neesham: Just discussed in the last preview that Neesham should be back in the BlackCaps squad due to his sensational form in the Ford Trophy & today he’s selected for the odi’s against SL.
Making him captain for your fantasy team is a No-brainer especially when he’s playing against his former side & at his new home. (Scored a ton last time he faced Otago)
As discussed above, you should back Bracewell to perform well in the conditions that he likes the most. Also scored 98 in his last Plunket Shield game.
Jeetan Patel (GL):
While an orthodox off spinner is supposed to be an easy target in T20’s, Jeetan Patel just picks wickets for fun. Bowls economically & easily picks 2 in his 4 overs. That’s 20 sure points in almost every game.
Kitchen is a very popular captain’s pick, especially for the small leagues. But his recent batting form has been disappointing in the Ford Trophy & also in Plunket Shield.
Also, Wellington has 3 lefties in the top 4. If two or even one of them gets going, Kitchen might not bowl much.
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