Kent began the T20 Blast 2019 with five successive wins but have suffered three defeats in their last four matches that pushed them down to No.3 in the points table. Sam Billings takes over the captaincy responsibilities from Daniel Bell-Drummond who has been consistent with the bat in the last couple of matches. The pace duo of Adam Milne and Hardus Viljoen has played a key role in Kent’s victories.
Kent will now host Glamorgan on Wednesday, the only team which is yet to open their winning count. After nine matches, the Colin Ingram-led side earned three points via washouts and a tie. With the inclusion of Shaun Marsh to the top-order, Glamorgan is now hopeful about much better performances. The batting line-up has been the major concern for Glamorgan in the tournament.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Kent and Glamorgan at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
Only a miracle could save from Kent-Glamorgan game not getting reduced to 10 overs-a-side fixture. About 50% of rain chances are there until 8 PM local time and possibility of showers during the match time.
The St Lawrence Ground is perfect for the T20 format. One of the sides remain short but the wind direction could make it tough to clear. Under the lights, the ball could do a bit for the pacers.
Average first innings score: 176 (T20 Blast matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn, Sam Billings (C), Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Oliver Robinson (WK), Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Mitchell Claydon, Fred Klaassen.
Bench: Calum Haggett, Jordan Cox, Sean Dickson, Matt Milnes, Grant Stewart, Imran Qayyum.
Fakhar Zaman, David Lloyd, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram (C), Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke (WK) , Daniel Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Andrew Salter, Ruaidhri Smith.
Bench: Lukas Carey, Callum Taylor.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Daniel Bell-Drummond has slowly regained his consistency and is expected to be the top performer in this game. Glamorgan David Lloyd has done a decent job so far and could chip in points with the ball as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Shaun Marsh, David Lloyd, Mohammad Nabi
Vice-captain – Graham Wagg, Zak Crawley, Colin Ingram, Hardus Viljoen
Shaun Marsh might not have got the ideal starts in the T20 Blast but could find his feet going quickly.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Oliver Robinson
Batsmen – Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Shaun Marsh, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (VC)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Ruaidhri Smith
Bowlers – Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Salter
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Sam Billings
Batsmen – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley (VC), Heino Kuhn, Shaun Marsh (C), Fakhar Zaman, David Lloyd
All-Rounders – Graham Wagg
Bowlers – Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Marchant de Lange
A large number of batsmen have been picked expecting a high-scoring game. With rain predicted for this fixture, the match might get reduced to 10 overs. In such a case, utilizing the maximum limit in the batsmen’s category gets justified.
Glamorgan might have yet another disappointment if their batting doesn’t fire.
*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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