The defending champions Worcestershire went down to Leicestershire in their previous match by a big margin of 33 runs during the chase of a 153-run target. This defeat brought an end to their 3-match winning streak in the competition. With nine points after seven matches, Worcestershire is placed at No.3 in North Group and are only behind Nottinghamshire due to the NRR factor.
They will now take on Northamptonshire who won only two of their seven games and are situated at No.7 out of nine teams in the North Group. Their game against Leicestershire on Friday was spoiled by rain. Chasing a revised target of 133 from 19 overs, the Northants were 16/0 in 2.4 overs. The rain then halted the game and never allowed a resumption.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Worcestershire Rapids and Northamptonshire at the New Road in Worcester.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in India and Fan Code app in India.
As per the weather forecast, the highest chances of rainfall on Sunday are between 12 PM and 6 PM; the window in which the Worcester-Northampton match was scheduled. A washout is pretty much on the cards if the forecast comes true.
The New Road in Worcester has been a good venue for the batters. In two out of three games in this tournament, the teams batting first posted 170+ twice and both times it was chased down. The same could be seen in the remaining matches at this venue.
Average first innings score: 163 (Completed T20 matches in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels, Callum Ferguson, George Rhodes/Moeen Ali, Ben Cox (WK), Brett D’Oliveira (C), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington.
Bench: Tom Fell, Josh Tongue, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Haynes, Adam Finch, Joshua Dell.
Richard Levi, Adam Rossington (WK), Joshua Cobb (C), Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White, Matt Coles.
Bench: Luke Procter, Charlie Thurston, Ben Curran, Tom Sole.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Rikkie Wessels usually does well at Worcestershire’s home ground, the New Road. Alex Wakely has been consistent but is missing the big knocks and this game could be that occasion.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rikkie Wessels, Joshua Cobb, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius
Vice-Captain – Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, Martin Guptill, Patrick Brown
Wayne Parnell has earned a minimum of 20 points in each of his last five matches. This makes him a must as captain or vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington
Batsmen – Martin Guptill, Rikkie Wessels (C), Alex Wakely (VC), Rob Keogh
All-Rounders – Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers – Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Cox
Batsmen – Rikkie Wessels, Alex Wakely, Richard Levi
All-Rounders – Joshua Cobb (C), Wayne Parnell (VC), Dwaine Pretorius
Bowlers – Ed Barnard, Patrick Brown, Ben Sanderson, Graeme White
Moeen Ali has been dropped from the England Test squad for the 2nd Ashes Test. There is a chance of him appearing in this match but there is no official announcement. If Moeen indeed plays the match, he has to be picked as either captain or vice-captain.
The defending champions Worcestershire are expected to defeat Northamptonshire.
*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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