Hampshire and the runners-up of the last season Sussex will be locking horns on Saturday to get their campaign underway in the T20 Blast 2019. James Vince will lead Hampshire this year and the team would be eager to forget their exploits in the last season. They could win only a couple of matches in 2018 edition and will need a much better effort to start well. Sussex are one of the better teams in the competition and finalists last year will be keen to go one step further this time.
Hampshire boast of a decent squad this time around. Chris Morris is their overseas signing who is quite impressive in the T20 format and is coming off a decent World Cup for South Africa. The World Cup winners Vince and Liam Dawson will also be high on confidence after the high last week. Sussex have been boosted with Rashid Khan returning to the team. He will be available for their first 10 matches of the season.
The South division game of the T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Hampshire and Sussex at the County Ground in Southampton.
The match starts at 06:30 PM local time (05:30 AM GMT) (11:00 PM IST). This game will be live on Sky Sports in England.
There is no idea how this pitch will behave as this is the first match across any level at the County Ground since 1999. Only five matches at the international level have been played before and it is set to host two matches this season. The pitch is expected to be good for batting though and the team winning the toss might look to bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs
James Vince (C), Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, Sam Northeast, James Fuller, Tom Alsop (WK), Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood.
Bench – Brad Taylor, Lewis McManus, Ryan Stevenson.
Luke Wright (C), Phil Salt, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, Ben Brown (WK), David Wiese, Aaron Thomason, Rashid Khan, Reece Topley, Tymal Mills, Danny Briggs.
Bench – Will Beer, Anish Kapil, Ollie Robinson, Aaron Thomason
Jofra Archer is unlikely to play many matches this season for Sussex.
Rashid Khan will be available for the first 10 games and will play this match as well.
Laurie Evans in T20 Blast 2018:
614 runs from 14 innings at an average of 68.22. He scored seven fifties and stood as the leading run-getter of the tournament.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: James Vince, Laurie Evans, David Wiese, Luke Wright, Rilee Rossouw
Vice-Captain Options: Rashid Khan, Liam Dawson, Aneurin Donald, Sam Northeast, Delray Rawlins
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – Ben Brown
Batsmen – James Vince (C), Laurie Evans (VC), Phil Salt, Rilee Rossouw
All-Rounders – David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Wicket-keeper – Tom Alsop
Batsmen – Laurie Evans, Luke Wright, Aneurin Donald, Sam Northeast
All-Rounders – Delray Rawlins, David Wiese (C), Liam Dawson (VC)
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Tymal Mills, Chris Wood
The toughest selection in Dream11 for this game will be in the all-rounders category due to so many available options. David Wiese, Liam Dawson and Chris Morris are best given their experience while Delray Rawlins could be the differentiator.
Sussex are expected to win the match.
*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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