The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) and Northamptonshire at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire will face off in the T20 Blast match at the Edgbaston on Sunday. The two teams are placed at the bottom of the North Group with nine and eight points respectively. The Birmingham Bears have got a slightly better chance to qualify for the quarter-finals than the Northampton team due to an extra win in those 11 matches.
The Birmingham team needs to win all their remaining three matches which will take them to 15 points. In this case, they need Derbyshire and Leicestershire to lose at least one of their remaining two matches. On the other hand, the struggling Northants would need results of a lot of games to go in their favour even if they win the three matches left to play.
Similar to the majority of the T20 Blast matches to be played on Sunday, the Edgbaston is not expected to be affected by rain. The temperatures will remain high in the most part of the United Kingdom on Sunday.
Birmingham hasn’t been consistent in producing high-scoring matches this season. The team batting first posted 175+ on three times and won twice. The chase in the previous game by Worcestershire was the exception. In another two games, the teams won comfortably while chasing a target less than 150. A bit of turn as the game progress can be expected here.
Average first innings score: 161 (T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Warwickshire / Birmingham Bears:
Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (WK), Chris Green, Alex Thomson, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Jeetan Patel (C), Henry Brookes.
Bench: Tim Ambrose, Liam Banks, James Wainman
Adam Rossington (WK), Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb (C), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Sole, Graeme White, Blessing Muzarabani, Ben Sanderson.
Bench: Nathan Buck, Luke Procter, Brett Hutton, Charlie Thurston.
Dwaine Pretorius had three games of 20+ points in his last four while Rob Keogh has 20+ points in each of the last three matches. Richard Levi is trying to find his feet after missing the first part of the season.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Rob Keogh
Vice-Captain – Joshua Cobb, Chris Green, Dwaine Pretorius
The likes of Sam Hain and Adam Hose are quite consistent as they scored 382 and 276 runs respectively in this tournament.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Dominic Sibley, Rob Keogh (VC), Alex Wakely, Adam Hose (C), Sam Hain
All-Rounders – Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Green
Bowlers – Will Rhodes, Graeme White, Henry Brookes
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Michael Burgess
Batsmen – Sam Hain (C), Rob Keogh, Adam Hose, Richard Levi
All-Rounders – Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Green, Joshua Cobb (VC)
Bowlers – Graeme White, Henry Brookes, Ben Sanderson
Not many Northamptonshire players can be trustable at the moment due to the form of the team and also that of the individuals. It won’t be a wise move to pick a captain among those players either.
Warwickshire expected to thump Northamptonshire when they face on Sunday.
*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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