Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 23:30 IST
Venue: County Ground, Derby, England
Last chance to claw back into the T20 Blast for both teams
DER is placed sixth in the table making them desperate for wins with 3 games to go. Given their terrible NRR, they wouldn’t want to get stuck on points with any team. NOR is in a similar position to DER, on 8 points with 4 games to go. They can afford a loss but that will make their path extremely difficult. A win will take them to the middle of the table. DER has as many as 8 all-rounders amongst their ranks but the lack of specialists is hurting them a bit. NOR has hardly put up enough runs on the board for their bowlers to defend. With their top order having too many hits or miss batsmen, they need some luck to go their way as well.
Nathan Buck could be dropped and Charlie Thurston might get a look in for NOR. DER should stay with the same team as last game.
The pitch in Derby has been a high scoring one. In all four games played this season, the match has been won by the team that bat first, suggesting the pitch slows down a touch in the second half.
The DER opener has been in terrific form this season scoring 282 runs at an average of 35 with a couple of fifties as well. He scored a match-winning 92 last week.
Leus du Plooy
The 24-year-old left-handed batsman from South Africa started off the tournament with some blistering knocks but the graph became flat after a while. He scored a 22 ball 50 last week, suggesting he is back in form and can destroy attacks. He also got 82 runs in the first-class game a few days back.
The Caribbean veteran may have lost some pace but has this canny knack of bowling in the right areas and picking up wickets at his will. He has 16 wickets so far at a SR of 13.1 this season so far.
DER number 3 batsman has been as consistent as he can get. He is the third-highest run-getter for his side with 243 runs at a SR of 157.