It will be a doubleheader on Wednesday in the T20 Blast and the proceeding will start with the North group encounter between Worcestershire and Derbyshire. Except for Lancashire, no other team has really dominated the North group thus far. The points table is still quite tight and teams are still fighting hard to get into the top four. Derbyshire has also got this opportunity.
However, their NRR is really bad compared to a few of the other teams. Nevertheless, having a few wins under their belt is more important at this stage of the tournament. Worcestershire, though, is placed comfortably in the third position. Since they’ve chased down a target of 182 in only 12.1 overs in the last game against Durham, their NRR has also skyrocketed. They will eye another one of those inspirational wins when they take the field on Wednesday.
The North Group game in the T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Worcestershire and Derbyshire at the New Road in Worcester.
The match starts at 5:00 PM local time (09:30 PM IST) (4:00 PM GMT).
This game will be stream live on Worcestershire’s County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
The venue has generally been a high-scoring one and the average first innings score is also quite high. The ball should come on to the bat nicely and batsmen will enjoy batting here.
Average first innings score: 168 (Last 5 T20 Blast games)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Martin Guptill, Riki Wessels, Callum Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Ben Cox (WK), Brett D’Oliveira (C), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington.
Bench: Tom Fell, Josh Tongue, Adam Finch, Joshua Dell, Olly Westbury.
Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Billy Godleman (C), Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Alex Hughes, Daryn Smit (WK), Mark Watt, Ravi Rampaul, Logan van Beek.
Bench: Darren Stevens, Harvey Hosein, Tom Lace, Anuj Dal.
Injury and Availability News:
Moeen Ali is not available for this game as he will be taking part in the Ashes.
Martin Guptill in T20 Blast 2019:
Runs: 150 runs
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – B Godleman, L Reece, L du Plooy
Vice-Captain options – Martin Guptill, R Wessels, E Barnard
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – D Smit
Batsmen – R Wessels, Martin Guptill (vc), B Godleman (c), L du Plooy
All-Rounders – Wayne Parnell, L Reece
Bowlers – E Barnard, P Brown, D Pennington, R Rampaul
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – B Cox
Batsmen – R Wessels (vc), M Guptill, C Ferguson, B Godleman, L du Plooy
All-Rounders – L Reece (c)
Bowlers – E Barnard, P Brown, R Rampaul, M Watt
Martin Guptill might not be amongst the runs of late. But he batted beautifully in the last game. That knock should help him gain the confidence back and he must be there in your team.
Worcestershire is predicted to win the game.
*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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