The upcoming Central Group match of the T20 Blast 2020 is all set to be played between Gloucestershire and Warwickshire at the County Ground, Bristol on Tuesday.
This match is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM Local Time (6:30 PM IST).
Fans might be in for a mouth-watering game of cricket, as both Gloucestershire and Warwickshire have played some good cricket in this year’s T20 Blast. With just one defeat in 7 games, Gloucestershire are sitting at the top of Central Group. They would want to avoid any drop in form before the next round.
On the other hand, Warwickshire have won four of their 7 games. They are currently third in the points table, despite being level on points with second-placed Northamptonshire. However, Warwickshire will be high on morale as are coming into this game on the back of three consecutive victories.
A bright and sunny day might not be on the cards, as it is expected to be cloudy in Bristol. Thankfully though, the chances of precipitation are not alarming. The temperature will be around 23 °C.
The county ground pitch has mostly been on the bowlers’ side, especially the spinners. Given that the pitch deteriorates rapidly as the game progresses, it will be wise to bat first.
Average first innings score: 160 (Last 5 matches played at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3, Tied – 0 (Last 5 matches played at this venue)
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, Ian Cockbain, Jack Taylor (c), Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk), George Scott, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor.
Bench: Josh Shaw, George Hankins, Benny Howell.
Robert Yates, Dominic Sibley, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes (c), Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone, Jake Lintott, Jeetan Patel.
Bench: Dan Mousley, Liam Norwell, Ed Pollock.
Ryan Higgins has been the standout performer for Gloucestershire with the ball in hand. He has picked up 13 wickets so far, with an average of 15.76.
Sam Hain has been Warwickshre’s commander-in-chief in the batting department. He has scored 179 runs at an average of nearly 60.
Similarly, Gloucestershire’s batting department has been headed by Ian Cockbain and Chris Dent. Cockbain has scored 221 runs so far in the competition, at an astonishing strike rate of over 180. On the other hand, Dent is just five runs shy from him, with his strike rate being above 170. Having both players in your 11Wickets fantasy side might be a good option.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Ian Cockbain, Ryan Higgins
Vice-Captain Options – Chris Dent, Sam Hain
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – James Bracey
Batters – Ian Cockbain (C), Chris Dent, Sam Hain (VC), Robert Yates
All-Rounders – Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins, Tim Bresnan
Bowlers – Tom Smith, Jeetan Patel, David Payne
12th Man – Olly Stone
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Michael Burgess
Batters – Ian Cockbain, Chris Dent (VC), Adam Hose, Sam Hain
All-Rounders – Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins (C), Will Rhodes
Bowlers – Tom Smith, Olly Stone, Jeetan Patel
12th Man – Robert Yates
The pitch will assist the spinners a lot so it is advisable to pick spinners from both the sides in your 11Wickets fantasy side.
Gloucestershire are expected to win this match.
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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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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