Lancashire continues their domination in the North Group as they cruised to their 4th win in as many completed matches in the T20 Blast 2019. Two other games of the Lancs got abandoned without a ball being bowled as they top the points table with ten points. Lancashire in the North Group and Sussex in the South Group are the only teams to not lose a game in this tournament. They will now host Nottinghamshire in the lone game on Saturday.
Nottinghamshire has seven points across six matches as they won three matches thus far. The team led by Daniel Christian has been missing big performances from the last season stats including that of Christian himself. They are fresh of a big win on Friday at home against Warwickshire. Nottinghamshire posted 184/4 in their 20 overs and bundled out the Birmingham Bears to just 113.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire and Nottinghamshire at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
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 the Fan Code app in India.
Manchester’s Old Trafford has been good for batsmen in the recent past producing big totals. However, the track tends to get slow as the game progresses. Both the teams have bowlers who can bowl variations and that will work on this pitch.
Average first innings score: 170 (Last five unaffected T20 matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
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.
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores (WK), Jake Libby, Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Imad Wasim, Harry Gurney, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter.
Bench: Chris Nash, Jake Ball.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Tom Moores in T20 Blast since 2018:
589 runs from 20 innings at an average of 36.81 and a strike rate of 154.19 with help of 4 fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Liam Livingstone, Alex Hales, Alex Davies, Joe Clarke, Dane Vilas, Imad Wasim
Vice-captain Options – Daniel Christian, Matt Parkinson, Tom Moores, Steven Croft, Harry Gurney
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Joe Clarke, Tom Moores (VC)
Batsmen – Alex Hales, Liam Livingstone (C), Alex Davies
All-Rounders – James Faulkner, Imad Wasim
Bowlers – Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Moore, Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone (VC), Alex Davies
All-Rounders – Daniel Christian, Imad Wasim (C)
Bowlers – Harry Gurney, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
At Old Trafford, the bowlers who can bowl slow deliveries could be successful. The spinners Matt Parkinson and Imad Wasim could be amongst the top wicket-takers. The likes of Richard Gleeson, Harry Gurney, James Faulkner and Luke Wood have got the ability to deliver the change of pace which have got them the most number of wickets in their respective careers.
Lancashire might be too tough to handle at home for Nottinghamshire.
*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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