Hampshire were set to host Sussex last week in what could have been the first game of the tournament for both the teams. However, the game got washed out due to rain and Sussex had to wait a few more days to kick off their campaign. On Wednesday, Sussex will be hosting Hampshire in the reverse fixture at the County Ground in Hove. Hampshire did host Kent after that abandonment but lost the game by 2 wickets.
Skipper James Vince’s half-century was the only driving factor in Hampshire’s total of 145/5 after they elected to bat. The Hampshire had the visiting team six down for only 64 by 12th over. Alex Blake held the chase from one end with his unbeaten fifty. The 30-year-old struck back to back sixes when Kent needed 12 runs from only three deliveries and finished the game with an unbeaten 57 off 38 balls.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Sussex Sharks and Hampshire at the County Ground in Hove.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and streamed live on Fancode app in India.
The County Ground in Hove usually has something for everyone in the T20 Blast game. The new ball does a bit under the lights and some turn also is seen during the second innings. This indicates how tough it will be to a chasing team. During the last season, the teams batting first won three times where they posted 180+ but lost on both instances where they couldn’t put such a total. Short square boundaries also helped the batsmen at the venue.
Average first innings score: 178 (During T20 Blast 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Phil Salt, Luke Wright (C), Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, Ben Brown (WK), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Ollie Robinson, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley.
Bench: Harry Finch, Will Beer, Aaron Thomason.
Rilee Rossouw, Aneurin Donald, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Chris Morris, Lewis McManus/Tom Alsop (WK), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane.
Bench: Brad Taylor, Ryan Stevenson, Lewis McManus/Tom Alsop.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Laurie Evans in T20 Blast 2018:
614 runs from 14 innings at an average of 68.22 with seven fifties. He had a strike rate of 135.84 and was the leading run-getter of the tournament.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Laurie Evans, James Vince, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Luke Wright
Vice-captain Options – Rashid Khan, Rilee Rossouw, Delray Rawlins, Chris Morris, Phil Salt
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Brown
Batsmen – Phil Salt, Laurie Evans (C), Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (VC)
All-Rounders – David Wiese, Chris Morris, Liam Dawson
Bowlers – Ollie Robinson, Rashid Khan, Mason Crane
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Laurie Evans, Luke Wright, Aneurin Donald, James Vince
All-Rounders – Chris Morris (VC), David Wiese (C)
Bowlers – Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Rashid Khan, Reece Topley
There are a lot of options to choose among from the batsmen’s category but James Vince and Laurie Evans stand out due to their consistency. The likes of Rilee Rossouw, Luke Wright, Aneurin Donald and Phil Salt also can be picked based on the team combination and credits available. Someone like Sam Northeast could be useful in case of a top-order collapse.
Sussex might come out as winners at the home in what is expected to be a thrilling 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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