Hampshire had a disaster of a season in the T20 Blast 2018. Out of 14 games, they only managed to win two and were fortunate enough not to finish last on the points table as two of their games were washed out. The start of the 2019 season hasn’t been as great either as their encounter against Sussex was abandoned without a ball bowled. In their next game, the team will be playing Kent, who had a contrasting, dream season in 2018.
However, the side bowed out in the quarterfinal game bringing an end to all the dreams and expectations. Things might get quite hectic for them right at the start of T20 Blast 2019 as they will be playing matches on back-to-back days. While Hampshire will look to get back to the winning ways, Kent will want to make as much progress as possible early in the tournament.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Hampshire and Kent at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
The Rose Bowl in Southampton has a rich history of producing high-scoring Twenty20 games. However, in the recent past, the venue has been far from its reputation of being helpful for the batsmen. During the World Cup, the venue was easily the toughest surface of all. Another low scoring game can be expected on Sunday.
Average first innings score: 151 (Last five T20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Chris Morris, Lewis McManus (WK), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane.
Bench: Tom Alsop, Brad Taylor, Ryan Stevenson.
Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Ollie Robinson, Sean Dickson, Alex Blake, Mohammad Nabi, Jordan Cox (WK), Hardus Viljoen, Imran Qayyum, Adam Milne, Fred Klaassen.
Bench: Matt Milnes, Calum Haggett.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Hardus Viljoen in Twenty20s since July 2018:
27 wickets from 21 matches at an average of 23.44 and a bowling strike rate of 16.67.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – James Vince, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi
Vice-captain Options – Alex Blake, Liam Dawson, Hardus Viljoen, Ollie Robinson
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi (VC), Chris Morris, Liam Dawson
Bowlers – Ollie Robinson, Imran Qayyum, Kyle Abbott, Adam Milne
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Alex Blake, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince
All-Rounders – Chris Morris, Liam Dawson (VC), Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers – Ollie Robinson, Hardus Viljoen, Adam Milne
The bowlers’ category is filled with the Kent players Hardus Viljoen, Imran Qayyum, Ollie Robinson and Adam Milne. Robinson is actually a top-order batsman for Kent at the moment. The wicket-taking ability of the other three bowlers makes a case for picking four Kent players from the bowlers’ category which won’t be a bad choice.
The inform Kent team are expected to register their second consecutive win.
*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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