The Central Group match of the T20 Blast 2020 is all set to be played between Somerset and Gloucestershire at The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton on Sunday, September 13th.
This match is scheduled to start at 2:00 PM Local Time (6:30 PM IST). It will be streamed live on FanCode.
After suffering yet another defeat in the tournament, Somerset are now hosting table toppers Gloucestershire for their seventh Central Group match on Sunday. Somerset are coming off two consecutive losses and are placed fourth in Central Group with two wins in six games. They will be hoping to bounce back with the bat in this game to keep their hopes alive for the knockouts.
On the other side, Gloucestershire are at the top of the Central Group with four consecutive wins in six games, including a washout. They are expected to carry the momentum in this game and retain their top spot in the group.
It is expected to be mostly cloudy during the course of the game with a little chances of rain. The temperature will be around 20 Degree Celsius during the match time.
The pitch here in Taunton is known for favouring the batsman. However, we are yet to see a big total on this track this season.
Average first innings score: 185 (Last 6 matches played at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3 , Lost – 3 , Tied – 0 (Last 6 matches played at this venue)
Injury and Availability News:
James Hildreth had a scan on his hamstring this week and will miss this match for Somerset.
Probable Playing XIs:
Babar Azam, Steven Davies (WK), Will Smeed, Tom Abell (C), Edward Byrom, Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Josh Davey.
Bench: Ben Green, Lewis Goldsworthy, George Bartlett, Max Waller.
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.
Chris Dent scored a brilliant 50 in the last match and has been striking the ball at a rate of 172.41 scoring 200 runs this season.
Ian Cockbain has been striking the ball at a rate of 185.86 and will be crucial in this match as well. He has 356 runs against Somerset in T20s.
Babar Azam was the top scorer in the tournament last season and is yet to show some impact in this season but he is a big player and nobody can keep him quite for long.
Tom Smith is the leading wicket taker in this season with 10 wickets at an average of 10.80.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Ian Cockbain, Tom Smith
Vice-Captain Options – Chris Dent, Babar Azam, Lewis Gregory
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – James Bracey
Batters – Babar Azam (VC), Ian Cockbain, Chris Dent, Tom Abell
All-Rounders – Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins (C), Lewis Gregory
Bowlers – Tom Smith, Ollie Sale, Craig Overton
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Steven Davies
Batters – Ian Cockbain (C), Chris Dent (VC), Babar Azam, Will Smeed
All-Rounders – Lewis Gregory, Graeme van Buuren, Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Tom Smith, Ollie Sale, Josh Davey
Lewis Gregory and Tom Smith are the top wicket takers with 15 and 16 wickets, in the current squad of both the teams in Somerset vs Gloucestershire fixture. It is advisable to pick them as Captain especially in GL contests.
Ryan Higgins and Steven Davies were the top scorers in their meeting in 2018.
Gloucestershire is expected to win this match.
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