Nottinghamshire were thumped by a 28 run in their first game of the T20 Blast 2019 by the defending champions Worcestershire. The Notts kept taking wickets in the first innings as the Worcestershire were reeling at 102/6 in the 16th over. No.8 batsman Ed Barnard scored a quick-fire 42* to take his team past a solid total of 160+. Skipper Moeen Ali scored 32; the only other batsman to cross 30+.
Nottingham were fancying their chances with Alex Hales at the crease but once the opening batsman got out, the rest of the team kept losing wickets and failed to achieve the required rate. They will now face Yorkshire in their first away game. The Tom Kohler-Cadmore led Yorkshire will play their first game of the tournament. Nicholas Pooran is expected to be the star attraction in the Yorkshire squad.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Yorkshire Rapids and Nottinghamshire Outlaws at the Headingley in Leeds.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
The Headingley track was bit slower and two-paced during the World Cup. However, during the last T20 Blast the venue recorded scores of 170+ more than often. The same trend could be seen during the game between Yorkshire and Nottingham.
Average first innings score: 176 (Last five T20 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), Tim Bresnan, Dom Bess, Duanne Oliver, Josh Poysden.
Bench: Matthew Fisher, Matthew Pillans, Jordan Thompson.
Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores (WK), Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Harry Gurney, Matt Carter, Luke Wood, Jake Ball.
Bench: Steven Mullaney, Luke Fletcher.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is update).
Nicholas Pooran in Twenty20 in 2019:
617 runs from 20 innings at an average of 36.29. He scored those runs at a strike rate of 153.48 and four fifties 4.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – David Willey, Daniel Christian, Adam Lyth, Alex Hales
Vice-captain Options – Nicholas Pooran, Ben Duckett, Tim Bresnan, Samit Patel, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Moores, Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen – Jake Libby, Alex Hales (VC), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth
All-Rounders – David Willey (C), Samit Patel
Bowlers – Harry Gurney, Luke Wood, Dunanne Olivier
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran (C), Joe Clarke
Batsmen – Alex Hales, Gary Balance, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brook
All-Rounders – Dan Christian (VC), David Willey
Bowlers – Harry Gurney, Jake Ball, Josh Poysden
Nottinghamshire is expected to have the same squad for the game against Yorkshire as the one they had during the game against Worcestershire. The suggested XIs are made on the same basis.
Nottinghamshire is expected to bounce back post their defeat in the opening game.
*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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