Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 23:00 IST
Venue: Grace Road, Leicester, England
A Do or Die encounter for Leicestershire.
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, which are at No.3 & No.4 in the North Group points table will face each other on Friday at Leicester in what is a do or die encounter for Leicestershire. They may have won 4 out of the last 6 completed matches but the losses they acquired at the start of the tournament puts them in a critical situation where they need to win the remaining 3 matches in order to finish in Top.4. On the other side, Nottinghamshire’s situation is only slightly better than Leicestershire, as they played a match-less which allows them to win only 3 out of the remaining 4 matches. The contest is crucial for both teams, as a loss means Leicestershire will end their hopes to Top 4 and a loss for Nottinghamshire will make their way harder.
Leicestershire Possible Xi: Ackermann (capt), Aadil, Cosgrove, Davis, Dearden, Hill (wk), Griffiths, Klein, Lilley, Parkinson, Swindells.
Nottinghamshire Possible XI: Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores (WK), Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Harry Gurney, Luke Fletcher, Mathew Carter, Luke Wood.
The surface at Leicester has produced high scoring games in the season so far, where the average score of teams that bat first in the season is around 184. So, we can expect another high scoring game on the cards for the crucial contest. The forecast is quite clear for the match.
The Leicestershire captain is the most sorted all-rounder in the tournament as he has become the main man for Leicestershire. He is the leading run-scorer for the side with 270 runs from 10 matches and he is also leading the wicket charts with 11 wickets. He has compensated the lack of runs with wickets and vice-verse in every match. This very reason makes him a must-have player for Dream11 cricket players for today’s match.
He has been handy with the bat for Leicestershire alongside Ackerman. He has scored more runs than any other Top-order batsman for Leicestershire, where he scored 212 runs from 9 innings. He has crossed 20+ score thrice in the last 4 matches which make him a worthy pick in today’s match.
The T20 specialist is the leading wicket-taker for the side in the tournament with 13 wickets from just 7 matches. He may have been a touch expensive in the season which is unusual by his standards but he has the second-highest strike rate among bowlers who have picked at least 10 wickets in the season.
He may have gone through a few low scorers in the last few games, but still, he holds the key for Nottinghamshire at the top of the order. His ability to change the game when he gets going makes him a big bet player.