Glamorgan has begun the T20 Blast 2019 with poor performances as they lost three of the four matches. Another game ended without a result which they were set to lose. Across North and South Groups, Glamorgan is the only team to not have opened their winning account thus far. Their batting has been a big letdown over the last three games and their skipper Colin Ingram has to take an initiative.
They will be up against Gloucestershire at the Sophia Gardens on Thursday. The Gloucester team are unbeaten in this tournament as they defeated Middlesex by two wickets while the remaining two games got rained off. Gloucestershire hosted Glamorgan in Cheltenham at the start of the competition. Glamorgan were reeling at 96/8 in 15.3 overs before it got washed out.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Glamorgan and Gloucestershire at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
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 England and on the Fan Code app in India.
The Sophia Gardens is a good venue for the batsmen, especially in the Twenty20s. The players will get to know about the same when they take the field on Thursday. Over the last eight T20s hosted by this venue, six of them won while chasing. The venue is known for its short straight boundaries while the square ones are quite long.
Average first innings score: 175 (Last 8 Twenty20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Fakhar Zaman, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (C), Billy Root, Chris Cooke (WK), Callum Taylor, Jeremy Lawlor/Owen Morgan/Lukas Carey, Daniel Douthwaite, Andrew Salter, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange.
Bench: Jeremy Lawlor/Owen Morgan/Lukas Carey.
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Graeme van Buuren, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, David Payne.
Bench: Chris Liddle, George Hankins.
Injury and Availability News:
Gloucestershire is due to announce an overseas signing on the morning of the game day. He could walk in straight into the playing XI.
David Payne in Twenty20s since 2017:
39 wickets from 28 innings at an average of 19.76 and a strike rate of 14.87. He has taken at least one wicket in each of his last 11 Twenty20s.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Benny Howell, Colin Ingram, Ian Cockbain, Fakhar Zaman, Ryan Higgins
Vice-Captain – David Lloyd, Miles Hammond, Callum Taylor, Andrew Tye, Marchant de Lange
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Chris Cooke
Batsmen – David Lloyd (VC), Colin Ingram, Michael Klinger, Miles Hammond
All-Rounders – Benny Howell (C), Graham Wagg, Graeme van Buuren
Bowlers – Andrew Tye, Marchant de Lange, David Payne
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Chris Cooke
Batsmen – Colin Ingram (C), Fakhar Zaman, Miles Hammond (VC), Ian Cockbain
All-Rounders – Daniel Douthwaite, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Andrew Tye, David Payne, Andrew Salter
Considering various factors for this game, only three players can be picked from batsmen’s category – Colin Ingram, David Lloyd and Miles Hammond. The selection was made based on the way they have been batting, their form with the bat and the numbers over a certain period of time.
Glamorgan is expected to bounce back at home by registering their first win of the tournament.
*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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