The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Leicestershire and Derbyshire at the Grace Road in Leicester.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
Both Leicestershire and Derbyshire and currently hanging in the middle of the points table. The latter started with a string of defeats in the beginning, but has started to gather momentum. Out of their last four completed games, Derbyshire has managed three triumphs. However, their only defeat came against Leicestershire itself at the County Ground in Derby where they lost by 55 runs.
Thereafter, Derbyshire beat Northamptonshire by nine wickets and the victory would keep them in happy stead. Leicestershire, on the other hand, could manage only one win out of their first six matches. But the Colin Ackermann-led unit has somehow managed to arrest their slump. Nevertheless, after three wins, Nottinghamshire thumped them by seven wickets in Leicester itself.
There are no chances of rain in the game. The clouds won’t be there either with the sun shining brightly throughout. The temperature will be around the 27 degrees Celsius. The humidity won’t be high as well with the numbers in the 40s.
The pitch at the Grace Road has been excellent one for batting. Bowlers haven’t gotten much assistance from the deck. With no forecast of rain, the bowlers can come under the pump in scorching heat. It will be preferable to field first after winning the toss.
Average first innings score: 191 (Last 4 completed games in T20 Blast)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 2, Lost- 2
Injury and Team News:
(Will be added when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Harry Swindells (wk), Mark Cosgrove, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (C), Lewis Hill (wk), Harry Dearden, Aadil Ali, Callum Parkinson, Dieter Klein, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis
Bench- Chris Wright, Ben Mike, Neil Dexter
Luis Reece, Billy Goldleman (C), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Daryn Smit, Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul, Boyd Rankin
Bench- Darren Stevens, Billy Stanlake, Tom Lace, Harvey Hosein, Mark Watt, Anuj Dal
Colin Ackermann is in prime form, having scored 312 runs at an average of 31.20 and picking up 12 wickets. He is both the leading run-scorer and top wicket-taker for Leicestershire.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Matthew Critchley, Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen
Vice-Captain – Luis Reece, Billy Goldleman, Mark Cosgrove
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Harry Swindells
Batters – Mark Cosgrove, Wayne Madsen, Billy Goldleman, Leus du Plooy
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann (C), Luis Reece (VC), Matthew Critchley
Bowlers – Gavin Griffiths, Aaron Lilley, Ravi Rampaul
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lewis Hill
Batters – Mark Cosgrove, Billy Goldleman (VC), Fynn Hudson-Prentice
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann, Callum Parkinson, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley (C)
Bowlers – Dieter Klein, Aaron Lilley, Boyd Rankin
Colin Ackermann hasn’t bowled in all the matches. Hence, making him captain only for batting can be risky, though it’s worth taking the gamble, bearing in mind his form.
The home team Leicestershire should be able to win the encounter.
*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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