Derbyshire and Lancashire will face-off in the North Group game of the ongoing T20 Blast on Sunday. Lancashire have been unbeaten so far in the tournament after three matches and are being looked at as the serious contender to win the title this season. They defeated the defending champions Worcestershire in their previous game and no doubt the momentum is with them at the moment.
Derbyshire, on the other hand, are second from the bottom with only a solitary win in three matches and are coming off the defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire in front of the home ground. They would want to get back to the winning ways quickly and most importantly, make the most of the home games.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Derbyshire and Lancashire at the County Ground in Derby.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and Fan Code App in India.
Only one match has been played at the County Grund in Derby this season and it was a high-scoring affair. Once again, the trend is expected to continue. The batsmen will have a lot of fun it seems and it will be interesting to see what the team will opt for after winning the toss.
Average first innings score: 162 (Last five completed T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C & WK), Keaton Jennings, Josh Bohannon, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Parkinson, Richard Gleeson.
Bench – Stephen Parry, Rob Jones, Toby Lester, Danny Lamb.
Note: Both the teams haven’t announced the 13-man squad yet but are not likely to make big changes.
(Will be added when there’s an update)
Liam Livingstone will open the innings with the bat and is also likely to bowl a few overs and has picked three wickets so far.
Matthew Perkinson has picked six wickets in three innings this season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Billy Godleman
Vice-Captain Options: Willy Madsen, Luis Reece, Glenn Maxwell
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Daryn Smit
Batsmen – Billy Godleman, Leus du Plooy, Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone (C)
All-Rounders – Luis Reece (VC), Glenn Maxwell, Steven Croft
Bowlers – Ravi Rampaul, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood.
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Willy Madsen, Billy Godleman (VC), Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Alex Davies (C), Liam Livingstone
All-Rounders – Luis Reece, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Mark Watt, Matthew Parkinson, Richard Gleeson.
Saqib Mahmood has to be picked in the team. Don’t go by his performance in the previous game.
Lancashire boast of a better all-round side and is expected to continue their winning run.
*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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