Lancashire will tour Leeds to face Yorkshire in the T20 Blast game on Thursday after defeating Durham by a huge margin. The hosts, Yorkshire, bounced back from the defeat against Derbyshire. They thumped Leicestershire in Leicester by 54 runs where each of their top three batsmen scored 60+ runs to create first such instance in Twenty20 history. Yorkshire also became the first T20 side with two 250+ totals on Tuesday.
In the game played against Leicestershire at the Grace Road, the team led by Tom Kohlder-Cahmore finished on 255 for the loss of two wickets only. On the other hand, Lancashire’s first game against Leicestershire got washed out after the toss took place. They later hosted Durham and won by a thumping 72-run margin. Earlier, Lancs posted 168/3 with help of fifties from Glenn Maxwell and Steven Croft.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning at the Headingley in Leeds.
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 Fan code app in India.
The Headingley in Leeds is usually a high scoring venue and the last season produced big totals regularly. Chasing those big totals can be easy for the teams with good batting depth. A high-scoring thriller is on cards as both Yorks and Lancs bat deep.
Average first innings score: 168 (Last five T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (C), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Nicholas Pooran, Harry Brook, Gary Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall (WK), Jordan Thompson, Dom Bess, Duanne Oliver, Tim Bresnan/Jack Shutt.
Bench: Matthew Pillans.
Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Danny Lamb, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Alex Davies in T20 Blast 2018:
534 runs from 14 innings at an average of 53.4 with help of six fifties. (Lancashire’s leading run-getter and 4th highest among all players in the T20 Blast 2018 edition)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Adam Lyth, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Steven Croft, David Willey, Dane Villas
Vice-captain options – Alex Davies, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Matt Parkinson, Jordan Thompson, James Faulkner
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Adam Lyth (VC), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – Steven Croft, David Willey, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell (C)
Bowlers – Dom Bess, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran (VC), Dane Vilas (C)
Batsmen – Harry Brook, Alex Davies, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-Rounders – David Willey, Glenn Maxwell, Jordan Thompson
Bowlers – Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson, Duanne Oliver
Nicholas Pooran batted at No.7 in the first game but was allowed to bat at No.3 in the previous fixture. It seems as if Yorkshire have understood the ideal way to make most of Pooran with the bat. This makes him a certain in the fantasy XI that too as captain or vice-captain if possible.
Lancashire is expected to make it two in two unless Yorkshire replicates their performance against Leicestershire.
*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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