After back to back defeats by 7 wickets, the Northamptonshire team has finally opened their winning count in the T20 Blast 2019. In the game against Warwickshire, Northants finished with 155/6 in their 20 overs. The game was reduced to 16 overs after their innings and the target was revised to 132. The chasing side were going well as the equation came down to 41 runs from 29 balls with seven wickets in hand.
They will be now up against Yorkshire on Sunday who are in an even tricky position. After four matches, the Yorkshire team won only one game; that too against Leicestershire when they posted a record total of 255. They ended up losing two other games including the recent most one against Lancashire at home. Chasing a target of 171 to win, the Yorkshire Rapids finished with 161/9 in their 20 overs.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Yorkshire Vikings at the County Ground in Northampton.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT). This game will be live streamed by Northamptonshire Cricket Club on YouTube.
The County Ground in Northampton is generally a high-scoring venue. The last six T20 Blast games had an average score of 178. Chasing big totals might not work at this venue due to the slowness of the track. Anything over 180 will be a defendable total at this venue.
Average first innings score: 178 (Last six T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Ben Curran, Adam Rossington (WK), Joshua Cobb (C), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Matt Coles, Faheem Ashraf, Graeme White, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson.
Bench: Luke Procter, Tom Sole, Charlie Thurston.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (C), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Harry Brook, Jack Leaning/Gary Ballance, Jordan Thompson, Dom Bess, Matthew Pillans, Duanne Oliver, Jack Shutt.
Bench: Jonathan Tattersall, Tim Bresnan, Jack Leaning/Gary Balance.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Joshua Cobb in Twenty20s since July 2018:
493 runs from 17 innings at an average of 32.86 with help of four fifties and a century. He also took a wicket in the 18 overs he bowled across those 17 matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – David Willey, Joshua Cobb, Nicholas Pooran, Dwaine Pretorius, Adam Lyth
Vice-captain options – Alex Wakely, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Rob Keogh, Jordan Thompson, Faheem Ashraf
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran (C)
Batsmen – Adam Lyth, Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely
All-Rounders – Joshua Cobb, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, David Willey
Bowlers – Matthew Pillans, Graeme White, Jack Shutt
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Harry Brook, Alex Wakely, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-Rounders – Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf (VC), David Willey (C), Jordan Thompson
Bowlers – Graeme White, Ben Sanderson, Duanne Oliver
As many as five available options are there in the all-rounders category but only a maximum of four can be picked. The trio of Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf and David Willey will be ideal and budget choices considering the impact they usually have in the game.
Yorkshire could stop Northamptonshire from registering their 2nd successive win if their batting comes off.
*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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