The Vitality T20 Blast is quite a fast-paced tournament and there will be three games played on Sunday. In one of the two North group encounters, Lancashire will take on Durham. Lancashire’s opening game of the tournament against Leicestershire that was scheduled on Friday was washed out without a ball bowled. Thus, the team managed to open the account and added one point to the tally.
However, they’d like to do the same by winning a game when they take the field on Sunday. Durham, on the other hand, had a close shave in the game against Northamptonshire. It was a thriller of an encounter and Durham managed to win the game by a mere 7 runs. While they will look to keep the winning streak going forward, the team will also want to have some nails left and thus they might eye a big victory this time around.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire Lighting and Durham Jets at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
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.
The Old Trafford is more often a track suited for the batsmen due to the bounce on the track which allows the ball to come nicely on to the bat. Unless there is assistance from the pitch like during the CWC semi-final between India and New Zealand, the Manchester is ideal in providing T20 games of 180+ totals.
Average first innings score: 162 (Last five T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Keaton Jennings, Alex Davies, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft, James Faulkner, Danny Lamb, Toby Lester, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Liam Hurt, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry.
D’Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Stuart Poynter (WK), Liam Trevaskis, Alex Lees, Jack Burnham, Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington.
Bench: Ryan Pringle, Chris Rushworth.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
James Faulkner in Twenty20s since July 2018:
38 wickets in 29 matches at an average of 19.60 and a strike rate of 14.63. He was Lancashire’s 2nd leading wicket-taker during the 2018 T20 Blast with 20 wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Dane Vilas, Ben Raine
Vice-captain options – James Faulkner, Richard Gleeson, Keaton Jennings,
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas (VC)
Batsmen – Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Keaton Jennings
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Ben Raine, D’Arcy Short (C)
Bowlers – Mark Parkinson, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Potts, Nathan Rimmington
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Jack Burnham, Graham Clark, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell (C), James Faulkner, Ben Raine (VC), D’Arcy Short
Bowlers – Mark Parkinson, Richard Gleeson, Brydon Carse
Lancashire is unlikely to make changes to the announced XI for the game against Leicestershire that got washed out without a ball being bowled. There are chances of Lancashire opening the innings with Glenn Maxwell to cover up the absence of Liam Livingstone.
Lancashire will be favourites against Durham due to the depth and quality in their line-up.
*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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