Date & Time: Friday, August 28, 23:00 IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Two ordinary teams in the last season of the tournament have made required changes to the lineup to start the new season on a positive note. Both teams have equipped star players alongside the exciting local talents to make things fall in place. Warwickshire could only win four of its 14 matches last year.
On the other side, Somerset finished at the sixth position in the South Group, with six wins in 14 matches. This is the first meeting between the two sides since 2013. Warwickshire was not able to defeat Somerset in their last four clashes.
Warwickshire will rely on the likes of Ian Bell, Adam Hose, Burgess, and their star batsman Sam Hain. They also added international star Dom Sibley to the lineup alongside the experienced Bresnan and Jeetan Patel.
Meanwhile, Somerset has got Davies, Tom Abell, and Steve Davies in the batting lineup while Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, and Roelof van der Merwe are the regular match-winners for the team.
Will Rhodes (c), Ian Bell, Michael Burgess (wk), Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Dan Mousley, Dom Sibley, Tim Bresnan, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Jeetan Patel, Alex Thompson, Ed Pollock, Liam Norwell, Henry Brookes
Tom Abell (c), George Bartlett, Eddie Byrom, Josh Davey, Steve Davies, Ben Green, James Hildreth, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe, and Max Waller.
The average score of 169 at this venue certainly indicates that bowlers are going to have a tough time in the middle. Further, the shortened boundaries will work in the favour of batsmen to go after the bowling. However, bowlers will have initial assistance with the breeze around. All in all, a cracker of a contest is at the store.
The all-rounder is a match-winner for this side and delivers good equally in both sections of the games. He bats in the middle-order and also picks wickets on a regular basis to make things fall in place. Thus, we chose him as our must-have.
The fast bowler has been pretty impressive over the years in this format of the game. He would like to prove his skills once again by using this tournament to receive a call-up from the national team.
Sam Hain was the best batsman for Warwickshire in the 2019 T20 Blast. Hain scored 459 runs in 12 matches at an average of 41.73, which makes him a prime pick for this contest.