The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Lancashire and Warwickshire at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
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.
If there has to be one team in the North group that stands apart, it was to be Lancashire. In the ten games that they played thus far in this edition of the T20 Blast, they lost only one. While a result wasn’t possible in three games, they managed to win six. The team has got four more games left in the league stages and will look to solidify one of the top four positions when they face Warwickshire.
Also, this is an opportunity for them to experiment slightly with their players and give everyone a go out there in the middle. Warwickshire hasn’t particularly had a great season with only three wins from nine games. Yet, they are very much in the contention to make it into the knockouts. If they can defeat a team like Lancashire, their confidence will surely go up significantly.
It has been raining quite a lot in Manchester in the last few days and it is expected to remain the same for the next five to six days as well. Given the amount of downpour in the city, even if the rain subsides after a while since the scheduled start of the match, it will be a herculean task to get the ground ready in time.
It isn’t an easy track for the batsmen at Manchester. There has been a lot of rain of late at the very and thus the pitch could be quite damp. The ball might not come onto the bat nicely and the better bowling team will have a huge advantage.
Average first innings score: 165.84 (Last 13 completed games in the T20 Blast 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 7, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News (Team News)
Glenn Maxwell is recovering from an illness which kept him away from the previous match.
Probable Playing XIs:
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Danny Lamb, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry, Glenn Maxwell.
Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears:
Dominic Sibley, Michael Burgess (WK), Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Adam Hose, Chris Green, Liam Banks, Alex Thompson, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (C), Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Bench- James Wainman, Robert Yates, Ed Pollock
Lancshire’s Matt Parkinson is now the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 T20 Blast. The spinner has taken 17 wickets in only seven innings he bowled that too at an average of 11.88 only.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Liam Livingstone, Sam Hain, Adam Hose
Vice-Captain Options – Chris Green, James Faulkner, M Parkinson
Liam Livingstone has to be captain or vice-captain at any cost as he opens the innings and bowl four overs for the Lancashire.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – D Vilas
Batters – Alex Davies, Adam Hose, D Sibley, Liam Livingstone (C), Sam Hain (VC)
All-Rounders – James Faulkner, Chris Green
Bowlers –M Parkinson, W Rhodes, H Brokes
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – M Burgess
Batters – Alex Davies, Adam Hose (C), Liam Livingstone (VC), Sam Hain
All-Rounders – James Faulkner, Chris Green, S Croft
Bowlers – M Parkinson, W Rhodes, H Brokes
There are chances of Glenn Maxwell playing this game. If he is fit enough, he is expected to take the part. Else Lancashire is not going to risk a player like Maxwell. If the Australian ends up playing the game, he can be picked ahead of Steven Croft in Team 2.
Lancashire is likely to completely dominate the opposition in this fixture.
*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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