The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) and Worcestershire Rapids at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and on Fan Code app in India.
The defending champions Worcestershire are 2nd in the North Group standing only behind Lancashire who are with 16 points. Worcester won five of their ten matches while two other matches ended without a result. They will now tour Edgbaston to face the home team Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire). Moeen Ali is set to feature for Worcester for the first time after the tournament opener.
On the other hand, Warwickshire is struggling to make it to the next round. After ten matches they have won three and lost four. There earned three more points through a Tie and two washouts. The Birmingham Bears are presently placed at No.7 but can finish in top four if they could win four straight matches from here on.
Similar to the majority of matches to be played on Friday in the T20 Blast, Birmingham doesn’t hold any threat from the rain. A clear sky with moderate temperature is predicted for the match day.
Birmingham has witnessed extremes in this T20 Blast. Twice the team batting first posted 175+ and won. In another two games, the teams won comfortably while chasing a target less than 100. This deck does produce a bit of turn as the game progresses and chasing 170+ won’t be an easy task.
Average first innings score: 155 (T20 Blast matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News:
Moeen Ali set to feature in this game for Worcestershire.
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
Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Moeen Ali (C), Wayne Parnell, Hamish Rutherford/Tom Fell, Ben Cox (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington.
Bench: Hamish Rutherford/Tom Fell, Joe Leech, Charlie Morris.
Moeen Ali will be batting in top three and most probably opening the bowling too. He could end up as the top-performer in this match. The likes of Sam Hain and Ed Barnard are also quite consistent in earning decent number of points in every game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Moeen Ali, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Wayne Parnell
Vice-Captain – Rikkie Wessels, Chris Green, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell
Wayne Parnell has earned a minimum of 20 points in six of his last seven completed matches. This makes him the perfect choice as vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Cox
Batsmen – Dominic Sibley, Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Adam Hose (C), Sam Hain
All-Rounders – Wayne Parnell, Moeen Ali (C)
Bowlers – Will Rhodes, Ed Barnard, Henry Brookes
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Cox
Batsmen – Sam Hain (C), Rikkie Wessels, Adam Hose, Dominic Sibley
All-Rounders – Wayne Parnell, Moeen Ali (VC), Daryl Mitchell
Bowlers – Patrick Brown, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel
With Moeen Ali being an obvious choice as captain or vice-captain, one of Sam Hain and Adam Hose will be the best options to be chosen for the other multiplier role.
The defending champions Worcestershire are expected to defeat Warwickshire.
*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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