The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire and Leicestershire at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This match can be streamed live on Lancashire County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
Lancashire and Leicestershire’s campaign was supposed to face off in their respective first matches but the match was abandoned without a toss. They clash off again on the final day of the league phase this time at the Old Trafford. Lancashire is currently on the top of North Group with seven wins and four washouts that fetched them 18 points. The game against Leicestershire could decide where they will finish.
If Lancashire wins this fixture, they will end up as the pool toppers. However, if Nottinghamshire wins their last game against Durham and Lancashire’s lose in this match, they could be pushed down to No.2. Lancashire lost only two matches including one in their last game against Derbyshire. Interestingly, Leicestershire is also coming off a defeat against Derbyshire.
Overcast conditions are expected in Manchester on Friday. The weather forecast doesn’t suggest major chance of rains, especially during the match timings. There is a slight possibility of drizzle before and after the match ends.
The Old Trafford has been on the slower side recently. Scoring runs hasn’t been easy here once the ball becomes softer. The middling targets are also been defended successfully at this venue. The team batting second might not be comfortable chasing 150+ in such situations.
Average first innings score: 158 (Completed T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 3
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Mark Cosgrove, Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Lewis Hill (wk), Colin Ackermann (c), Aadil Ali, Will Davis, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Harry Swindells, Ben Mike
Bench: Chris Wright, Harry Dearden.
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry, Danny Lamb.
Quite a few Lancashire matches got washed out but it couldn’t stop Matt Parkinson’s wicket-taking spree. In nine innings, he picked up 19 wickets and is currently the joint 3rd highest wicket-taker. Leicestershire skipper Colin Ackermann is their top run-getter with 327 runs and also the leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Liam Livingstone, Colin Ackermann, Glenn Maxwell
Vice-captain options – Mark Cosgrove, Alex Davies, Steven Croft
Glenn Maxwell has been contributing with the bat and ball in the recent matches. He will be a perfect and safe choice as vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Harry Swindells
Batsmen – Liam Livingstone (C), Mark Cosgrove, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – James Faulkner, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Colin Ackermann (VC)
Bowlers – Mark Parkinson, Aaron Lilley, Gavin Griffiths
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Harry Swindells
Batsmen – Mark Cosgrove, Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell (C), Steven Croft (VC), Colin Ackermann, Callum Parkinson
Bowlers – Aaron Lilley, Saqib Mahmood, Mark Parkinson
The key to success in fantasy for this game between Lancashire and Leicestershire is the all-rounders. The likes of Colin Ackermann, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell and Liam Livingstone are expected to be top performers. Most of them bowl spin which would suit to the Old Trafford’s track.
Lancashire is expected to register their 8th win of the league stage.
*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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