As the league stages of the 2023-24 Super Smash season near their conclusion, Otago Volts and Northern Knights gear up for the 30th game of the tournament. Scheduled for January 23rd at Dunedin’s University Oval, this day/night encounter marks the end of the league stages.
In the 33 encounters between Otago Volts and Northern Knights in the Super Smash, Otago holds a slight edge with 18 victories compared to Northern Knights’ 13.
Live Streaming and Broadcast
While Indian cricket fans won’t have access to TV broadcasts of the Super Smash, they can catch the live stream on the FanCode website and app. In New Zealand, TVNZ will be broadcasting the match.
Otago Volts: In their last game against Central Districts, Otago Volts posted a total of 139/5 with contributions from Hamish Rutherford, Luke Georgeson, and captain Dean Foxcroft. Despite a tied score, Otago bowlers, led by Jacob Duffy’s 2 wickets, managed to restrict the opposition and secure a tie. Foxcroft top-scored with 42 runs.
Northern Knights: Facing Auckland Aces in their previous encounter, Northern Knights experienced a forgettable outing. While Tim Pringle impressed with bowling figures of 2/23, the batsmen couldn’t chase down Auckland’s 181-run target, leading to a defeat by 44 runs.
Playing XIs: The playing XIs for both teams are yet to be announced.
University Oval in Dunedin has seen a trend where the team batting second has a significant advantage, winning 17 out of 23 games. Therefore, winning the toss and opting to bat second seems to be the likely choice.
Pitch and Conditions
Known for its batting-friendly surface, University Oval might offer some assistance to bowlers. The weather forecast suggests overcast conditions with a possibility of showers. Cold weather and high relative humidity could play a role, making batting second a strategic choice.
With both teams out of playoff contention, this match is a dead rubber. Otago Volts, having suffered fewer defeats, might have an edge. Considering their recent form, they are expected to emerge victorious in this encounter.
As the Super Smash league stages conclude, cricket fans can anticipate an engaging battle between Otago Volts and Northern Knights at the picturesque University Oval in Dunedin.