The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire and Derbyshire at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
Lancashire became the first side to seal their berth in the Quarter-finals from the North Group. They won seven out of eight completed fixtures in the tournament and are more likely finish as the table-topers. They are fresh form a comfortable win over Derbyshire who are playing their last match of the T20 Blast 2019. Lancashire will hope to keep on the winning momentum ahead knockouts.
On the other hand, the Derbyshire is currently placed at No.4 in the points table. With the game against Lancashire being their last, the Derbyshire will hope to confirm their spot for the next round. A win will take Derby through to the quarter-final. Even if they go down against Lancashire, the Derbyshire team will have a chance to finish in top four if Durham loses one of their remaining two matches.
Manchester is expected to have clear skies on Monday. The game will be commence at 2:30 local time and no threat from rain is expected till the night. There are quite possibilities that it would rain heavy after the match.
The Old Trafford at times has been a slower surface this season in the limited-overs matches. However, on Monday, the Manchester will host T20 Blast game nearly after three weeks. The two matches to be held in this period got washed out. On a fresh track, the scores be better than what the recent trend suggests.
Average first innings score: 157 (Completed T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Danny Lamb/Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry, Richard Gleeson/Danny Lamb.
Luis Reece, Billy Godleman (C), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Daryn Smit (WK), Logan van Beek, Anuj Dal, Ravi Rampaul.
Bench: Mark Watt, Boyd Rankin, Harvey Hosein, Anuj Dal, Darren Stevens.
Wayne Madsen has scored 88 runs without getting out in two matches since the county break while his skipper Billy Godleman also scored 80 runs in those two games. The leg-spinner Matt Parkinson has taken at least one wicket in all 8 innings bowled in this season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Liam Livingstone, Glenn Maxwell, Luis Reece, Billy Godleman
Vice-Captain – Steven Croft, Wayne Madsen, Alex Davies, Matthew Critchley
Glenn Maxwell has three consecutive big matches as he earned 40+ points in those three matches. Liam Livingstone, who opens the innings, can play a similar role. This makes them the ideal choice as captain and vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Billy Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Liam Livingstone (VC)
All-Rounders – Steven Croft, Luis Reece, Matthew Critchley, Glenn Maxwell (C)
Bowlers – Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson, Logan van Beek
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Daryn Smith
Batsmen – Billy Godleman (VC), Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Wayne Madsen
All-Rounders – Steven Croft, Luis Reece, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Saqib Mahmood, Ravi Rampaul, Matt Parkinson
A variety of options as captain and vice-captain are available for this match. However, if anyone wants to be on the safer side and expect some big points, the duo of Glenn Maxwell and Liam Livingstone will be perfect for the multipliers.
Lancashire is expected to defeat Derbyshire.
*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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