Despite a brilliant effort from Jack Higgins towards the end, Gloucestershire failed to end up on the winning side in their previous fixture at the same ground against Essex. They have a redemption shot against a very powerful Sussex unit, who smashed Kent aside with relative ease in their previous game. Sussex have won all the completed games they played in the tournament.
The likes of Laurie Evans and Phillip Salt have been in devastating form for the Sussex batting lineup. Skipper Luke Wright also has a bunch of wicket-taking options like Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan and Tymal Mills, making Sussex look very strong one-on-one. Gloucestershire needs some momentum desperately to keep themselves alive in the tournament and will try to come out all guns blazing.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Gloucestershire and Sussex at the County Ground in Bristol.
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.
Just one game has been played at this venue in this edition of the T20 blast and over 380 runs were scored on the day. It is a typical “Win the toss, bat first” wicket and spin-of-the-coin will be a crucial factor.
Average first innings score: 194 (Unaffected T20 matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs
Benny Howell, Tom Smith, David Payne, Jack Taylor, Michael Klinger (c), Ian Cockbain, Miles Hammond, Andrew Tye, Chris Liddle, Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk)
Bench: Graeme van Buuren, Chris Dent, Matt Taylor
Luke Wright (c), Chris Jordan, Laurie Evans, Danny Briggs, Reece Topley, David Wiese, Alex Carey (wk), Philip Salt, Rashid Khan, Ollie Robinson, Delray Rawlins.
Bench: Will Beer, Ben Brown, Luke Evans, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Harry Finch, Ollie Robinson, Aaron Thomason
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Phillip Salt in T20 Blast 2019:
167 runs from 4 innings at an average of 55.66 with two fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Phillip Salt, Michael Klinger, Luke Wright
Vice-captain Options – Alex Carey, Ryan Higgins, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI No. 1 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper – Alex Carey (VC)
Batters – Laurie Evans, Phillip Salt (C), Michael Klinger, Miles Hammond
All-rounders – Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell
Bowlers – Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Rashid Khan, Andrew Tye
Suggester Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket
Keeper – Alex Carey
Batters – Luke Wright (C), Laurie Evans, Phillip Salt, Miles Hammond
All-rounders – David Wiese, Ryan Higgins (VC), Jack Taylor
Bowlers – R Topley, Rashid Khan, Andrew Tye
(Replace Tymal Mills with Reece Topley in Suggested XI No.1)
Although it is not very suggestible to put a bowler as a multiplier, Rashid Khan is always an exception on any tracks.
Sussex are expected to win this 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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