The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Derbyshire and Leicestershire at the County Ground in Derby.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and on Fan Code app in India.
At the end of nine games each, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are almost placed in a similar situation. Both these teams are just differentiated by just one point. However, there is a huge disparity in terms of their position on the points table because of the NRR. The competition in the North group is quite extreme up until this point in the tournament.
No team has really been able to claim one of the top four spots and the margin is quite less. Thus, both these sides desperately need to get over the line and add a few more valuable points. With just five games left in the league stages, this is almost the perfect time to make a move and catch up some momentum. Derbyshire won three out of its last four games while Leicestershire won two out of three. Hence, there isn’t much that differentiates these two teams and it should be a great contest.
It will be quite cold during this game as the temperatures will drop down from 17C to 13C between 7 PM and 10 PM. While the chances of precipitation are close to nil, the humidity is predicted to be on the extremely high side. Therefore, it will surely test the fitness of the players.
Teams usually tend to get a huge score in the first innings at this venue. As the game progresses, the pitch is expected to slow down slightly which makes batting difficult. Hence, the toss could be crucial in this encounter.
Average first innings score: 179.66 (Last three completed T20 Blast 2019 games at Derby)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 3, Tie – 0
Injury or availability news (Team News)
Will be added when there is an update.
Probable Playing XI
Boyd Rankin, Ravi Rampaul, Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Luis Reece, Daryn Smit (wk), Logan van Beek, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Matthew Critchley, Leus du Plooy
Bench: Darren Stevens, Anuj Dal
Mark Cosgrove, Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Lewis Hill (wk), Colin Ackermann (c), Aadil Ali, Will Davis, Dieter Klein, Harry Dearden, Callum Parkinson, Harry Swindells
Bench: Chris Wright, Ben Mike
Billy Godleman finds himself at No.6 position in top run-getters of the T20 Blast 2019. Godleman scored 280 runs from eight innings while his team-mate Leus du Plooy is behind him with 267 runs from 8 innings with the help of three half-centuries.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Captain options – Billy Godleman, Colin Ackermann, Arron Lilley, Luis Reece
Vice-captain options – Mark Cosgrove, Matthew Critchley, Wayne Madsen
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lewis Hill
Batters – Mark Cosgrove, Billy Godleman (C), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann, Luis Reece, Matthew Critchley,
Bowlers – Arron Lilley (VC), Gavin Griffiths, Ravi Rampaul
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lewis Hill
Batters – Mark Cosgrove, Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann (C), Matthew Critchley (VC), Luis Reece, Callum Parkinson
Bowlers – Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Logan van Beek
Considering the recent form of the players, the likes of Mark Cosgrove, Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Colin Ackermann, Matthew Critchley and Luis Reece will end up making it to any fantasy team combination.
Leicestershire is predicted to win this North group encounter.
*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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