Hampshire will tour Bristol for the T20 Blast game against Gloucestershire on Tuesday. This game will be part of the KSL-T20 Blast double-header at the County Ground. Western Storm will host Loughborough Lightning ahead of this fixture. Gloucestershire is currently placed at 5th in the South Group having won three and lost three including one on Sunday against Middlesex.
Their opponents Hampshire are even behind them as the James Vince-led side got out seven points from eight games. Their hat-trick of victories a few days ago has been preceded and succeeded by consecutive defeats. The recent most game was against Somerset which turned out to be a disaster for them. Hampshire crumbled to 69/6 before the rains stoppage while chasing Somerset’s total of 202/4 to win.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Gloucestershire and Hampshire at the County Ground in Bristol.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and Fan Code app in India.
There are slightest of rain chances on Tuesday in Bristol but during the afternoon. The KSL game might be interrupted but the weather forecast suggests clear skies in the evening for the T20 Blast match.
The last five full 20-over matches in the T20 Blast here in Bristol had an average score of 165. However, the pitch in the recent games here has been on the slower side. Since the KSL game between Western Storm and Loughborough Lightning will be played on the same track, this game between Gloucester and Hampshire could well be a low-scoring affair.
Average first innings score: 165 (Unaffected T20 matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, Benny Howell, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Chris Liddle, Zak Chappell, David Payne.
Bench: Chris Dent, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith.
Aneurin Donald, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Ryan Stevenson, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood, Ian Holland.
Bench: Tom Alsop, Rilee Rossouw, Brad Taylor.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
The Hampshire fast-bowlers Chris Wood and Kyle Abbott share an interesting feat. Wood featured in nine matches this season while Abbott in eight games but picked up at least one wicket in all games except one. They couldn’t pick a wicket in their first game where they didn’t get a chance due to rain.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Liam Dawson, Benny Howell, James Vince
Vice-captain – Ian Cockbain, Chris Morris, Ryan Higgins
Benny Howell and Liam Dawson will be the ideal choice as captain and vice-captain as the Bristol track is expected to play slow.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – James Bracey
Batsmen – Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, James Vince
All-Rounders – Benny Howell (VC), Chris Morris, Ryan Higgins, Liam Dawson (C)
Bowlers – Andrew Tye, Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – – Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain (C), James Vince (VC), Rilee Rossouw
All-Rounders – Liam Dawson, Benny Howell, Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Chris Liddle, David Payne, Chris Wood
Chris Liddle, David Payne, Chris Wood, Andrew Tye and Kyle Abbott are present in the bowlers’ category with all of them being worthy choices. More bowlers can be picked from the team batting second.
Gloucestershire might excel at their home ground.
*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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