Date & Time: Wednesday, July 31, 21:30 IST
Venue: New Road, Worcester, England
Rain looms over high scoring affair
Worcestershire and Derbyshire which are at No.2 and No.8 in the points table of the North Group face off each other at New Road in the first match of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Derbyshire after their opening win against Yorkshire, have lost two games in a row by a decent margin which dented their net run rate. On the other side, Worcestershire lost only one game to Lancashire and their huge win against Durham has propelled them to No.2 spot in the table, with a rise in the net run-rate. Now, it may not be a time to focus on the net run rate, but a huge loss or a huge win might hurt or help teams to finish in Top.4 at the fag end of the season.
Both the sides likely to with the same playing XI of the last match.
Worcestershire Possible XI: Riki Wessels, Martin Guptill, Callum Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Ben Cox (WK), Brett D’Oliveira (C), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington
Derbyshire Possible XI: Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Billy Godleman (C), Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Alex Hughes, Daryn Smit (WK), Mark Watt, Logan van Beek, Ravi Rampaul.
The surface in Worcester is known for producing high scoring games, and it was the case in the first match of the season where the home side chased down 181 in 12.1 overs. The forecast is for a few showers, so it is likely to be a shortened game.
He may not have been in great form in the World Cup leading up to the T20 Blast, but he turned the tables with a change in format. His explosive knock in the last game helped the team fetch a huge win. Before that, he was decent in the first two games where he provided good starts for the team. His consistency in the tournament makes him a must-have a player in Dream11 cricket team.
Apart from a low score in the second match, he has been a consistent performer for Derbyshire in the season. His vital knock in the first game was the reason for Derbyshire win. Adding to his T20 Blast form, he was also the leading run-scorer for the side this year Royal London Cup. So there’s every chance he will continue the same in Today’s match as well.
The veteran pacer has lived up to the expectations on him so far in the tournament. He has picked 6 wickets from 3 games at an average of under 15 and he also been economical at the same time. He is the most economical bowler of the tournament with at least 5 wickets picked which make him the most sorted out bowler in Today’s match.