The Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) brought Fidel Edwards on loan from Hampshire but lesser they knew about the damage he would cause to the opponents that too with his first over for the Club. Edwards made his debut against Leicestershire and bowled the first over of the game. By end of the over, Leicester’s score read three down for two runs as the pacer cleaned up both openers for golden ducks in the first three deliveries itself.
After that mad rush over, it was a cakewalk for the hosts who chased down the target of 116 with seven wickets and 31 balls to spare. On Wednesday, the Jeetan Patel-led team will take on Derbyshire. The team led by Billy Godleman cruised to a comfortable win over Yorkshire in the first game. Skipper Godleman scored an unbeaten 54-ball 70 to steer his team to a 5-wicket win in the 165-run chase.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) and Derbyshire at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
The tracks that were found in Birmingham during the World Cup were quite dry and same seems to be fetched for the T20 Blast. The tracks here for this competition were flat turfs which might not be seen soon.
Average first innings score: 177 (Group stage matches in T20 Blast since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3, Tied – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears:
Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess (WK), Sam Hain, Ashton Agar, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (C), Fidel Edwards.
Bench: Dominic Sibley, James Wainman, Rob Yates.
Billy Godleman, Tom Lace, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Darren Stevens, Daryn Smit (WK), Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul, Mark Watt.
Bench: Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Alex Hughes, Harvey Hosein.
Injury and Availability News:
Both the teams have named their squads for this match.
Billy Godleman in T20 Blast 2018:
309 runs from 8 innings at an average of 51.50 with help of three fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Billy Godleman, Sam Hain, Luis Reece, Ashton Agar, Matt Critchley
Vice-captain options – Ed Pollock, Wayne Madsen, Adam Hose, Darren Stevens, Fidel Edwards
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Michael Burgess
Batsmen – Ed Pollock, Billy Godleman (C), Sam Hain, Wayne Madsen
All-Rounders – Luis Reece, Ashton Agar (VC)
Bowlers – Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Logan van Beek, Matt Watt
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Daryn Smit
Batsmen – Ed Pollock (VC), Billy Godleman, Adam Hose, Leus du Plooy
All-Rounders – Luis Reece (C), Ashton Agar
Bowlers – Fidel Edwards, Jeetan Patel, Will Rhodes, Matt Watt
Given how the surface played during the previous game in Birmingham, the Derbyshire bowling trio of Ravi Rampaul, Logan van Beek and Matt Watt become a must. The three bowlers are expected to pick at least one wicket. However, on a flatter deck, only Van Beek might be successful among the three.
Warwickshire can be defeated at home if Derbyshire executes their plans in the right way.
*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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