The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Yorkshire and Northamptonshire at Headingley in Leeds.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
With 10 points, Northamptonshire are on the verge of elimination although they still have slim hopes of sneaking through. While they require other results to go their way as well for qualification, they travel to Leeds to face bottom-of-the-table Yorkshire on Thursday.
Although only one point separates the two sides, Yorkshire are out of the reckoning for the knockouts. They will be eager to sway away from the bottom with a win against a Northamptonshire side that has struggled to strike a balance between bat and ball. The fact that none of their batsmen has scored in excess of 200 runs this season suggests how they have fared.
In spite of having enough experience and talent on their side, Yorkshire couldn’t capitalize on the key moments in spite of openers Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore doing well this year. With their qualification hopes hanging by a thread, Northamptonshire will bank on Levi and Rossington to deliver on what should be a good pitch for batting.
There is no chance of rain during the game with the weather forecast suggesting that Thursday could be a cloudy day. A cloud cover of 70% is on the forecast according to AccuWeather with a full match being expected without any delays. As far as the temperature is concerned, it will hover between 16-20 degree Celsius.
Headingley has favoured strokeplay with the average score at the venue being 176. In spite of the pitch suiting the batsmen, the overcast conditions should help the fast bowlers. With the ball set to come nicely under lights, chasing will be preferred upon winning the toss by both sides on Thursday.
Average score: 176 (T20 Blast matches in 2019 at the venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tie – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, Jonathan Tattersall, Jack Leaning, William Fraine, Tim Bresnan, Jordan Thompson, Keshav Maharaj, Matthew Pillans and Jack Schutt
Bench: Harry Brook and Duanne Olivier
Richard Levi, Adam Rossington, Joshua Cobb, Alex Wakely, Richard Keogh, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Sole, Graeme White, Ben Sanderson and Blessing Muzarabani
Bench: Nathan Buck, Luke Procter and Ben Curran
Adam Lyth has been the stand-out player for Yorkshire with 287 runs and 10 wickets to his name in T20 Blast 2019. With a brilliant bowling average of 9.5 and a strike rate of 155.97 at the top of the order, Lyth will be crucial to Yorkshire’s fortunes
Adam Rossington is the second-highest run-scorer this season for Northamptonshire with 185 runs at a strike rate of nearly 130. His contribution at the top of the order alongside Levi will be key on a good batting surface.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Adam Rossington
Vice-Captain – Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, David Willey
With eight wickets to his name, Adam Lyth has exceeded expectations with the ball in hand. With 287 runs as well this season, Adam Lyth is the preferred option ahead of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Rossington, who are due for a big score.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper –Adam Rossington (VC)
Batsmen – Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Richard Keogh, Jack Leaning
All-Rounders – Adam Lyth (C), Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, David Willey
Bowlers – Matthew Pillans, Ben Sanderson, Jack Schutt
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Rossington, Jonathan Tattersall
Batsmen – Tom Kohler-Cadmore (VC), Richard Keogh, Alex Wakely
All-Rounders – Faheem Ashraf, Adam Lyth (C), David Willey
Bowlers – Ben Sanderson, Graeme White, Matthew Pillans
With this being a high-scoring ground and considering the dimensions of the ground, top-order batsmen are crucial in the context of the fantasy contests.
Fast bowlers have performed slightly better than the spinners at Headingley with Ben Sanderson, Faheem Ashraf and Matthew Pillans’ death bowling skills bound to come into play.
With his experience in the format, David Willey is also a resourceful asset to have with his left-arm swing set to be crucial due to the overcast conditions. He will also bat at three which is an added plus.
Yorkshire should get over the line against Northamptonshire with the difference in firepower within both batting units being clearly evident on paper.
*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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