Date & Time: Wednesday, July 24, 23:30 IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Birmingham gears up for an exciting contest
Birmingham Bears have come up with a dominating performance against Leicestershire after their first match being washed out. Derbyshire too, have started their campaign on a high with an easy win against Yorkshire. Now, these two sides meet at Birmingham as what promises to be an exciting contest with the way both sides have performed in their respective victories.
Derbyshire 13-member squad: Billy Godleman, Tom Lace, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Darren Stevens, Daryn Smit (WK), Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul, Mark Watt, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Alex Hughes.
Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) 14-member squad: Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess (WK), Sam Hain, Ashton Agar, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (C), Fidel Edwards, Dominic Sibley, James Wainman, Rob Yates.
Edgbaston has produced high scoring games in the previous edition of T20 Blast, but the surface has slowed down considerably in the World Cup after the initial passage of play. So expect a similar kind of surface where the chase is going to be the harder part. The forecast is quite clear for the day with temperatures hovering in the lower 20°C during the match.
The Derbyshire captain has continued from where he left in the Royal London Cup where he was the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 521 runs from just 8 matches. In the side’s first game of the T20 Blast, he has come up with a match-defining knock. His present form makes him the most sought after player in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He has come into the T20 Blast on the back of a decent form from the Australia- A games. In the side’s first match he had come up with an all-round performance which proved to be worthy for the Dream11 fantasy cricket players. Against Derbyshire, he will be one of the must-have players, as spin had played a big part in Birmingham in the recent past.
He was the leading run-scorer for the side in the recently concluded Royal London Cup where he scored 385 runs at an average of 77 from just 7 matches. He was also in decent form in this year County Championship, where he scored a couple of hundreds in the penultimate match for the side. So his present form makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He was the game-changer for Birmingham Bears in the side’s dominating performance against Leicestershire. He has cleaned up the top order in the first over of the match which didn’t allow the opposition to come back into the game any further. There is every chance he will come up with such another spell as he has come on the back of a good performance in the County Championship.