The Stage is set for the final clash in the Super Smash T20 League 2019. Northern Knights will lock horns with the Central Stags at Seddon Park on Sunday for the final battle. Both the sides will collide against each other for the third time in this season. Central Stags emerged victorious in the first encounter at Mount Maunganui by 5 wickets. While the Knights defeated the Stags in their last meeting by a massive margin of 131 runs at Napier. It has boiled down to this final game to see which team will take the trophy home.
Central Stags booked their berth in the finals after knocking out Auckland Aces in their last game. The Stags registered a thumping 44 run victory over Auckland Aces to storm their way into the finals. Will Young played an exceptional knock to take his side to a mammoth total of 219 runs in 20 overs. The home side would be eyeing to dominate with the bat once again in the finals when they take on the Knights. The Stags are just a win away to lift the Super Smash title for the third time in the history of the tournament.
Northern Knights, on the other hand, will resume the action after their defeat against Otago Volts in their previous encounter. The Knights were restricted to 150 runs in their 20 overs by the Volts to hand them a 5-wicket defeat. The visitors need to bounce back in style being the most consistent side in this season. Northern Knights would be hoping to repeat their performance like the last edition’s finals in which they defeated the Stags to take the trophy home.
Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019.
Time: 08:40 AM IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
League: Super Smash League 2018-19
Live Telecast: Star Sports Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Head-to-head (last three fixtures)
Northern Knights – 3, Central Stags – 2
Blair Tickner is available for selection after his injury.
Tim Southee is set to make his first appearance in Super Smash T20 this season.
Tom Bruce (c), Doug Bracewell, Dane Cleaver (wk), Dean Foxcroft, Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Bevan Small, Blair Tickner, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, and Will Young.
Dean Brownlie (c), Kyle Abbott, Corey Anderson, Daniel Fylnn, Brett Hampton, Nick Kelly, Scott Juggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Niel Wagner.
Probable Playing 11
Tom Bruce, Doug Bracewell, Dane Cleaver, Dean Foxcroft, Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Seth Rance, Blair Tickner, George Worker, Will Young.
Dean Brownlie (c), Kyle Abbott, Corey Anderson, Brett Hampton, Nick Kelly, Scott Juggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
FUNTUSH RISKY XI