The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Glamorgan and Hampshire at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Glamorgan Cricket Club’s YouTube channel.
Glamorgan’s disastrous T20 Blast campaign will end on last day of the Group Stage when they host Hampshire at the Sophia Gardens. The Colin Ingram-led side has failed to win even one game this season. They lost as many as eight out of nine completed matches as four games ended without a result. The only time they came close to a win was during the Tied match against Gloucestershire.
They have now spent 14 Twenty20 matches since the last season without a win. This is the longest winless streak in T20s for any English domestic team. They will hope to finish on high and also spoil Hampshire’s top 4 chances. Hampshire will need to win this match to stay alive in the race of quarters. If Essex manages to get better of Kent in Chelmsford, Hampshire will finish in top 4 of South Group.
Sophia Gardens was under the clouds on the eve of the match between Glamorgan and Hampshire. However, the forecast on Friday is much better. Barring spells of rain in the afternoon, the skies are expected to clear throughout the day.
The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff has been a perfect venue for chasing teams. The teams batting second have been unbeaten across the five completed matches this season. Those five games involve two comfortable 170+ chases. Another high-scoring track is expected for the final match of the season.
Average first innings score: 163 (In T20 Blast 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Tied – 1
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Nick Selman, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram (C), David Lloyd, Chris Cooke (WK), Tom Cullen, Ruaidhri Smith, Marchant de Lange, Prem Sisodiya, Roman Walker, Andrew Salter.
Bench: Callum Taylor, Owen Morgan.
Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Wood.
Bench: Tom Alsop, Ian Holland, Ryan Stevenson, Chris Morris.
Kyle Abbott has been quite consistent with the ball in this edition. In the last three matches, he earned 87 points with at least 20 in all the three. James Vince didn’t have greatest of seasons but recorded two 60+ scores in last three matches. Nick Selman came late into the Glamorgan team this year but has got starts on both instances scoring 20 and 40.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – James Vince, Shaun Marsh, Liam Dawson
Vice-Captain – Colin Ingram, David Lloyd, Aneurin Donald
Shaun Marsh can be the top-performer after he got going with a 40+ score during the last match.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Nick Selman, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram (VC), David Lloyd, James Vince (C), Aneurin Donald
All-Rounders – Liam Dawson
Bowlers – Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Andrew Salter
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Aneurin Donald (VC), David Lloyd, Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh (C)
All-Rounders – Liam Dawson, Ruaidhri Smith
Bowlers – Mason Crane, Marchant de Lange, Chris Wood
One of the main reasons to prefer the top-order batsmen in both teams for this game is the deck at the Sophia Gardens. The venue is likely to produce a belter and there are not many all-rounders who can succeed with the bat across the two teams especially Glamorgan.
Hampshire might leave Glamorgan winless in this T20 Blast season.
*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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