The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire at the Grace Road in Leicester.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
Leicestershire will host Nottinghamshire which will be a key match in the North Group. The home team has got 11 points from 11 matches and are placed at No.4 in their group. The Leicestershire team won each of their last three completed matches and have earned 8 points from their five matches. In the first six matches, Leicester had only one win and ended up losing four matches that too by big margins.
On the other hand, the Nottingham team has been inconsistent this season. But that hasn’t stopped them win four of their ten matches. With 11 points, the Notts are situated at 3rd in the North Group and would need at least two wins from their last four games. They will be taking the field after two weeks as their last two matches were abandoned. Leicester got better of Nottingham when these two sides face at Trent Bridge.
The weather forecast for Leicester doesn’t look threating on Friday. There are partial chances of the game being played in cloudy conditions. However, the rain is not expected to interrupt at any point of the game.
The Grace Road in Leicester has witnessed come of high-scoring matches. Chasing 170s might not be easy at this venue. The teams would look to bat first and post close to 200. Anything less than 170 can be easy.
Average first innings score: 200 (T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Imad Wasim is unavailable for this match.
Probable Playing XIs:
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores (WK), Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter.
Bench: Chris Nash, Jake Ball, Liam P-White.
Mark Cosgrove, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (C), Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill (WK), Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Will Davies, Gavin Griffiths.
Bench: Chris Wright, Neil Dexter, Ben Mike.
Colin Ackermann, Arron Lilley and Daniel Christian are expected to be among the top performers in this game. The three have dual roles to play which could suit the conditions in Leicester.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Colin Ackermann, Joe Clarke, Arron Lilley, Alex Hales
Vice-captain Options – Mark Cosgrove, Daniel Christian, Tom Moores
The recent exploits with the ball do make Colin Ackermann a safe option as vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Joe Clarke (VC), Tom Moores, Lewis Hill
Batsmen – Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden, Alex Hales
All-Rounders – Colin Ackermann (C), Daniel Christian
Bowlers – Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Luke Wood
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Joe Clarke, Harry Swindells
Batsmen – Alex Hales (C), Ben Duckett, Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden
All-Rounders – Samit Patel, Colin Ackermann
Bowlers – Arron Lilley (VC), Luke Wood, Harry Gurney
Nottinghamshire has only one change to be made for the squad that played before the County break. Imad Wasim will miss the matches to be played over the weekend. Leicestershire is likely to retain their squad and playing XI from the previous matches.
Nottinghamshire is expected to beat Leicestershire.
*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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