Middlesex began the T20 Blast 2019 with back to back wins before suffering a 2-wicket defeat against Gloucestershire. The absence of AB de Villiers was felt by the home side as they finished with only 148/9 in their 20 overs. Middlesex were going well at 73/1 in the 9th over. Lack of fire-power and batting ability from the middle and lower-order cost Middlesex as Gloucester chased it down in the final over.
They will now tour Wales for facing Glamorgan at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The Glamorgan team got off to a disastrous tournament as they were thumped by Somerset despite posting a solid total of 180. They got away against Gloucestershire due to rain when they were reeling at 96/8. On Thursday, the Colin Ingram-led team stumbled to 44 runs to record the lowest total in England domestic T20.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Glamorgan and Middlesex at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens does suit well for the chasing teams as each of the last four T20s were won by them that too while chasing big totals. In the previous 13 completed T20s at this venue, the teams chasing won on nine instances. Three times the batting first sides got away with a winning margin as high as six runs.
Average first innings score: 181 (Last six Twenty20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Fakhar Zaman, Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (C), Chris Cooke (WK), Daniel Douthwaite, Kiran Carlson, Andrew Salter, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan.
Bench: Owen Morgan, Lukas Carey, Billy Root.
Stephen Eskinazi, Dawid Malan (C), Nick Gubbins/AB de Villiers, Dan Lincoln, John Simpson (WK), George Scott, Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Nathan Sowter, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Bench: Max Holden, James Harris, Tom Barber.
Injury and Availability News:
AB de Villiers got a bruise on his hands while attempting a catch in the game against Surrey. He missed the game against Gloucestershire but is likely to return to face Glamorgan.
Colin Ingram in T20s at Sophia Gardens:
With bat – 813 runs from 26 innings at an average of 42.78 with help of eight fifties (Most runs by any player at this venue)
With ball – 15 wickets in 18 innings at an average of 24.2
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, AB de Villiers, Fakhar Zaman
Vice-captain Options – David Lloyd, Tom Helm, Andrew Salter, Toby Roland-Jones
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – John Simpson
Batsmen – Dawid Malan (C), Fakhar Zaman (VC), David Lloyd, Stephen Eskinazi, Colin Ingram
All-Rounders – Graham Wagg, Toby Roland-Jones
Bowlers – Marchant de Lange, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Chris Cooke
Batsmen – Dawid Malan, Fakhar Zaman, Colin Ingram (C), AB de Villiers (VC)
All-Rounders – Daniel Douthwaite, Toby Roland-Jones
Bowlers – Marchant de Lange, Tom Helm, Michael Hogan, Mujeeb ur Rahman
AB de Villiers is doubtful for this game. Resting him against Gloucestershire was said to be precautionary and to have him fit for the match on Friday. Our Suggested Playing XIs are picked assuming fewer chances of the South African featuring in the game.
If Middlesex can come out of their middle-order struggles, they have a good chance of defeating Glamorgan.
*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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