Lancashire’s winning streak came to an end on Sunday when they toured Birmingham after winning all five completed matches in the tournament. Chasing 180 to win, the visitors lost their top three for 28 runs in the mandatory powerplay. Glenn Maxwell’s blitz put Lancashire on top as the Australian smashed eight fours and four maximums on his way through to a 39-ball 79.
Lancs needed 45 from 26 balls when Maxwell got out but only 30 further runs scored. They will now be up against Northamptonshire who is at No.8 out of nine teams in North Group. The Joshua Cobb-led team won only two matches but were unlucky that three of the remaining six ended without a result. The Northants were on the verge of a victory in one of those three washed out matches.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Northamptonshire and Lancashire at the County Ground in Northampton.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Northamptonshire County Cricket Club’s YouTube Channel.
A delayed start is expected in Northampton where rain is expected to come down until the scheduled start of the game. Though the weather forecast from 7-8 PM local time is clear, the ground conditions could well decide the fate of the match.
The County Ground in Northampton is known for pitches that remain the same through the due course of a game. The venue witnessed a team defending 145 and a successful 181-run chase as well. Teams usually prefer to bat second at this venue to assess the conditions.
Average first innings score: 160 (T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Richard Levi, Adam Rossington (WK), Joshua Cobb (C), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White, Matt Coles.
Bench: Luke Procter, Charlie Thurston, Ben Curran, Tom Sole, Blessing Muzarabani.
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.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Matt Parkinson and Richard Gleeson are a must in every fantasy team due to their wicket-taking ability. Parkinson has 16 wickets in this T20 Blast all in only six innings. Gleeson too picked up nine wickets across six innings this tournament. He took two wickets in four out of five innings before going wicketless in their previous game against Birmingham Bears.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Liam Livingstone, Joshua Cobb, Glenn Maxwell
Vice-Captain – Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Dane Vilas
Liam Livingstone’s all-round skills and Glenn Maxwell’s batting form are the key things to be considered before selecting multipliers.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone (C), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely
All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell (VC), Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers – Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Liam Livingstone (VC), Rob Keogh, Richard Levi
All-Rounders – Joshua Cobb (C), Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner
Bowlers – Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson, Ben Sanderson, Matt Coles
Northampton’s trio of Joshua Cobb, Rob Keogh and Alex Wakely have hardly performed together. This makes a case of picking only two of these three players in the fantasy XI.
Lancashire is expected to defeat Northamptonshire.
*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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