Date & Time: Thursday, August 27, 23:00 IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Cardiff, England
Last year, both teams had a contrasting journey with Glamorgan finishing at the last place in the group stage while Worcestershire player the final of the tournament. Glamorgan expect a turnaround for this game while Worcestershire will look to dominate things once again. Surprisingly, both teams will miss their top players for various reasons.
Glamorgan will be without services of Colin Ingram while Worcestershire will miss Moeen Ali, who is on his national duty. However, both teams have equipped quality players to make things fall in place. David Lloyd was the top scorer for Glamorgan in the last Blast season with 358 runs from 12 matches at an average of 32 and a strike rate of 139. He scored three half-centuries last year with the best of 63.
In bowling, Andrew Salter picked up 14 wickets for Glamorgan from 12 matches with best figures of 4/12. He bowled at an average of 19 and an economy of 7.91. Riki Wessels was the highest run-scorer for Worcestershire Rapids last year with 461 runs from 14 matches at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 129. He scored three half-centuries with the best of 91. Run getting will be down to big hitting Kiwi Hamish Rutherford and veteran Daryl Mitchell, who has had a good run with the bat in Bob Willis Trophy.
Unfortunately, like any other game tonight, this game also has the rain threat. The game is likely to get affected by scattered rains.
Chris Cooke, Andrew Balbirnie, Lucas Carey, Kiran Carlson, Billy Root, Callum Taylor, Graham Wagg, Andrew Salter, Marchant De Lange, Michael Morgan, Timm Van Der Gugten
Riki Wessels, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Jack Haynes, Daryl Mitchell, Brett DOliveira, Charlie Morris, Ed Barnard, Dillon Pennington, Josh Tongue/Adam Finch.
Yet another high scoring thriller is on the cards with pitch at Cardiff is expected to help the batsmen. Traditionally the pitch at Cardiff has always witnessed batsmen dominating things throughout the game. Once again it is the batsmen who will have the tail-up. However, with conditions expected to be overcast fast bowlers might have something on offer with breeze around.
The stylish batsmen has always been a match-winner for Worcestershire. He had a brilliant last season and they expect him to deliver in same way. Wessels carry a ppm of 35 in 97 matches he had played so far.
Finally, Andy Balbirnie has made his way to T20 blast after clearing out various issues. The Irish batsmen has got International experience in his kitty and also been exceptional throughout his career. We expect him to leave his stamp of authority right from the first game.
The experienced campaigner has been incredible in the recently-completed county games and he is all set to show his charm in this format of the game as well. Besides that Marchant also got brilliant stats to his name throughout his career.