The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Somerset and Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live by Somerset County Cricket Club on YouTube.
Two teams that are fighting hard for a spot in the top four will face each other in the upcoming T20 Blast 2019. Even though Somerset won five games when compared to Gloucestershire who won just four, the hosts are placed below the visitors. Somerset has got the NRR advantage as well but two of Gloucestershire’s didn’t yield a result. Thus, they had an advantage that way in terms of sharing the points.
Somerset won all of its last three games and will surely look to break into the top four when they take the field for this encounter. Taunton has usually been a happy hunting ground for them and they’ll look to get another victory under their belt. However, Gloucestershire is also in good form and they are expected to give a tough competition.
The chances of precipitation are quite high throughout the duration of the game. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the match is washed out entirely. However, if things get favourable in the latter half of the day, we might see a shortened encounter.
In the last two encounters at Taunton, Somerset has scored in excess of 200. Moreover, in one of these games, over 400 runs were scored which shows how good the pitch here is. The bowlers will have a difficult time and the margin for error is very less.
Average first innings score: 191 (In the T20 Blast 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News (Team News)
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald.
Bench: George Bartlett, Ollie Sale, Jamie Overton.
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, Chris Liddle, Zak Chappell, David Payne.
Bench: Chris Dent, Graeme van Buuren.
Babar Azam and Tom Banton continue to be the top pick yet again. The duo is performing consistently every two and one of them take the charge to bat long enough.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Benny Howell, Babar Azam, Tom Banton,
Vice-Captain Options – Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey
James Bracey has had a couple of good performances with the bat in the recent games. He will be a good choice as a vice-captain.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton (C), James Bracey (VC)
Batters – Babar Azam, Michael Hammond, Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain
All-Rounders – Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Jerome Taylor, Andrew Tye, Craig Overton
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton, James Bracey
Batters – Babar Azam (C), M Hammonds, Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain (VC)
All-Rounders – Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Jerome Taylor, Craig Overton, David Payne, Chris Liddle
Both the keepers Tom Banton and James Bracey are a must in the fantasy team due to their recent form with the bat.
Somerset will be the firm favourites to win this game of cricket.
*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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