The early part of the T20 Blast 2019 has seen two contrasting tales for Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. The former lost both the games played thus far and are languishing at the bottom of the points table. While the first match was quite close, they were completely dominated in the other game. In both these matches, it is the batting that has let the team down and there are several amends to make.
On the other hand, Warwickshire is yet to be beaten in the tournament. After the washout in their first encounter, the team won the previous two matches quite convincingly. Their NRR is sky-high at the moment and they’ll want to continue the same sort of dominance. Going by the recent form, Warwickshire enters into this match as the favourites.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Northamptonshire and Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) 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 live on Sky Sports in England and Fan code app in India.
This will be the first game of the tournament that will be played in Northampton. Generally, the track here is quite good for batting and we have witnessed high scores. Going by the results of the last five games, toss shouldn’t make a huge difference here.
Average first innings score: 184 (Last five T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Charlie Thurston, Adam Rossington (wk), Joshua Cobb (c), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Faheem Ashraf, Matt Coles, Dwaine Pretorius, Graeme White, Ben Sanderson, Nathan Buck/Tom Sole.
Bench: Ben Curran, Luke Procter.
Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears
Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess (wk), Sam Hain, Ashton Agar, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Jeetan Patel (c), Henry Brookes, Fidel Edwards.
Bench: Alex Mellor, George Panayi.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Ashton Agar in last 10 T20 games:
With bat – 144 runs from 9 innings at an average of 18
With ball – 7 wickets in 9 innings at an average of 30.57
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Joshua Cobb
Vice-captain options – Ashton Agar, Dwaine Pretorius, Fidel Edwards
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – M Burgess
Batsmen –S Hain (C), A Hose, A Wakely, R Keogh
All-Rounders –A Agar (VC), D Pretorius, F Ashraf
Bowlers – F Edwards, J Patel, G White
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – A Rossington
Batsmen – S Hain, A Hose (C), R Keogh
All-Rounders – A Agar, D Pretorius (VC), J Cobb
Bowlers – F Edwards, W Rhodes, H Brookes, G White
Ashton Agar has batted at number four and five in the last two games. He is batting well and scoring runs at a very good strike rate. Thus, he is a must in your team. Same in the case with Fidel Edwards who is doing a fabulous job with the new ball in the powerplay.
Warwickshire is predicted to win the match and continue with the unbeaten streak.
*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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