The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Durham and Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and Fan Code app in India.
Durham will face the Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) in their last home match of the tournament on Tuesday. The Birmingham Bears are one of the two sides who no longer have a chance to make it to the quarters from North Group. The Bears have got only nine points from 12 matches, same as Yorkshire. Durham is ahead of the two teams as they won four out of the 12 matches and have ten points.
They need to win their remaining two matches to even have an outside chance of finishing top four of their group. Durham needs to win by good margins and hope that the defending champions Worcestershire to lose their remaining two matches. Durham are themselves to blame for this situation as they lost their previous two completed matches by margins of three and 14 runs that too at home.
A full game might not be possible in Chester-le-Street on Tuesday. The weather forecast suggests consistent rain on match day. The Riverside Ground could be under covers from afternoon 3 PM from when the rain is expected.
All the matches hosted by Chester-le-Street have been low scoring ones. The pitches here remain on the slower side leaving a possibility of defending small totals. Out of the five completed matches this season, only two have been won the by the chasing teams. No team has posted 160+ in these five matches.
Average first innings score: 138 (T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
D’Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb, Harry Adair/Gareth Harte, Graham Clark, Brydon Carse, Ben Raine, Nathan Rimmington, Liam Trevaskis, Matty Potts.
Bench: James Weighell, Harry Adair/Gareth Harte.
Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears:
Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (WK), Chris Green, Alex Thomson, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Jeetan Patel (C), Henry Brookes.
Bench: Tim Ambrose, Liam Banks, James Wainman
The team results have not affected the consistency of Sam Hain and Adam Hose who have scored 388 and 300 runs respectively in this tournament. The Durham pacer Matty Potts has 15 wickets from ten games while Henry Brookes claimed 13 scalps.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Scott Steel, Sam Hain, D’Arcy Short, Adam Hose
Vice-Captain – Joshua Cobb, Chris Green, Dwaine Pretorius
Both the Durham openers D’Arcy Short and Scott Steel bowl a couple of overs and take wickets. The recent matches and form have made Scott the better option as captain ahead of Short.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Peter Handscomb
Batsmen – Sam Hain (VC), Dominic Sibley, Adam Hose, Scott Steel (C)
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short, Chris Green
Bowlers – Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington, Matty Potts, Henry Brookes
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Peter Handscomb
Batsmen – Scott Steel, Adam Hose (C), Graham Clarke, Sam Hain
All-Rounders – Chris Green, D’Arcy Short (VC)
Bowlers – Brydon Carse, Will Rhodes, Matty Potts, Henry Brookes
Durham revamped their squad after the county break including handing the captaincy to Peter Handscomb. It will be interesting to see the squad they would field on Tuesday after a gap of four days. Durham CCC usually announces squad at short notice before the match.
Durham might edge past Warwickshire on home advantage.
*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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