New Zealand’s first-class season kicks off with the Plunkett Shield all set to go ahead with Northern Knights and Central Districts squaring off in the opening fixture. After failing to win their third title in a row, Central Districts will look to start the new season on the right note. For Northern Knights, it will be a test of their temperament. A couple of key players have moved away before the start of the season. The NK vs CD Dream11 contest will be a lot different than what it originally could have been.
Fixture: Northern Knights vs Central Districts, Match 1, Plunkett Shield 2020-21
When: Monday, 19 October, 03:00 AM IST
Form Guide: (Plunkett Shield)
NK – Yet to Play
CD – Yet to Play
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Average Score at the Venue: No Matches Played Yet
Brief Score of Last Match at the Venue: No Matches Played Yet
NK Playing 11 (Probable)
Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleign, Jeet Raval, Neil Wagner, Brett Hampton, Ish Sodhi, James Baker, Henry Cooper, Joseph Carter, Katene Clarke
CD Playing 11 (Probable)
Grey Hay (C), Ross Taylor, Will Young, Doug Bracewell, Joey Field, Tom Bruce, Dane Cleaver, Blair Tickner, Seth Rance, George Worker, Christian Leopard
Fantasy Team Combination
Wicket-keeper: D Cleaver
Batsmen: R Taylor, W Young, J Raval, K Clarke
All-rounders: D Bracewell, C de Grandhomme (C)
Bowlers: N Wagner (VC), T Southee, J Field, S Kuggeleign
Colin de Grandhomme, the New Zealand veteran, will be expected to make the most of the conditions at Seddon Park with both bat and ball. For his ability to contribute in all four innings of the game, makes him our top choice to captain in our NK vs CD Dream 11 Prediction . For fairly identical reasons, Neil Wagner is our Vice-captain as he too will be expected to pick up wickets and also score some big runs.
X-Factors, Value Picks
Katene Clarke was New Zealand’s leading wicket-taker in the under-19 World Cup picking up 7 wickets in just 4 games. He also managed to score 62 runs at an average of 62, showing what he can do with the bat. He will be the biggest X-factor in today match prediction. Jeet Raval will be eyeing for a return to form, and could well be a value pick in the NK vs CD Dream11 team.
Dream11 Teams Today Match Prediction NK vs CD Who Will win Today Match
This is probably Northern Knights’ strongest side over the years and have the brightest prospect of winning the title. Today match prediction does hand Northern Knights an edge over the Central Stags on paper, but history does level things in CD’s favor. NK vs CD Dream 11 Prediction does have a few big names to watch out for, but our analysis calls out for the young guns to stand on top of it all. As for the match result is concerned, if the full game is played out, the Northern Knights may get the better of Central Districts in the opener.