The 20th match of the Kia Super League 2019 will be played between Lancashire Thunder and Loughborough Lightning at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
Lancashire Thunder wait for their maiden win of the tournament continues as they lost five of the six matches they played thus far. The only time they managed to avoid a defeat was during the Tied match against the Southern Vipers. One of the main reasons for this debacle has been their batting line-up. Except for Harmanpreet Kaur, the Thunder’s batting struggled for consistency.
They will be now up against Loughborough Lightning on Tuesday. The Georgia Elwiss-led team moved to No.3 in the points table after back to back wins. They chased down Surrey Stars’ total of 120 in 14.5 overs to earn a bonus point. They completed a 130-run chase against Yorkshire Diamonds in their previous match. Mignon du Preez scored 108 runs across these two matches without getting dismissed.
The Manchester weather could spoil the game between the hosts and Loughborough that begins at 6:30 PM. About 30% chances of rain is predicted during the match timings. The drainage system at the Old Trafford is good enough to cut down the rain breaks.
The Kia Super League matches at the Old Trafford have often been high-scoring ones. However, the recent Men’s ODI and T20 Blast matches have been quite different. The spinners come handy at this venue as the game progresses.
Average first innings score – 155 (KSL matches)
Record of chasing team – Won: 1, Lost: 3
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Tahlia McGrath, Sune Luus, Sophia Dunkley, Harmanpreet Kaur, Georgia Boyce, Emma Lamb, Ellie Threlkeld, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross (C), Alice Dyson, Alex Hartley.
Bench: Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Eve Jones, Ria Fackrell.
Amy Jones (WK), Hayley Matthews, Chamari Atapattu, Mignon du Preez, Georgia Elwiss (C), Georgia Adams, Jenny Gunn, Kathryn Bryce, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham, Kirstie Gordon.
Bench: Alice Monaghan, Abbey Freeborn, Jo Gardner, Tara Norris.
Tahlia McGrath got her first 30+ score of this season in the previous match where she scored 44. McGrath got off to a similar start in the WBBL 2018/19 before a couple of big knocks in succession. Emma Lamb picked up at least one wicket in all six matches in this season and also scored few runs.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Harmanpreet Kaur, Hayley Matthews, Mignon du Preez,
Vice-Captain – Tahlia McGrath, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb
The experience of Mignon du Preez and Harmanpreet Kaur has benefited their respective teams. Du Preez is 5th on the list of leading run-getters having scored 180 while Harmanpreet is second with 210 runs.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Amy Jones
Batters – Mignon du Preez (VC), Georgia Adams, Chamari Atapattu, Harmanpreet Kaur (C)
All-Rounders – Tahlia McGrath, Hayley Matthews, Emma Lamb
Bowlers – Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Amy Jones
Batters – Mignon du Preez, Georgia Adams, Harmanpreet Kaur
All-Rounders – Tahlia McGrath (VC), Hayley Matthews (C), Emma Lamb, Georgia Elwiss
Bowlers – Kirstie Gordon, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross
Sophie Ecclestone and Kate Cross are a must in the fantasy team following their recent performances. Ecclestone has 93.5 from her previous three matches while Cross earned 84.5 points.
Loughborough Lightning are expected to register their 3rd consecutive win.
*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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