Date & Time: Friday, July 19, 23:00 IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds, England
Leeds gears up for first Vitality T20 Blast game
After their disappointing batting performance in the last game, Nottinghamshire will seek to turn the table on Friday as they take on Yorkshire in their first game of the tournament. Yorkshire who hasn’t made it to the quarter-finals in the last season will be eager to get on top this time around. So it is a match-up between two underrated sides in Leeds’ first game of the T20 Blast.
Nottinghamshire is likely to stick with the same playing XI as of their first game. Yorkshire has announced a 14-member squad on the eve of the match. Yorkshire 14-member squad: Gary Ballance, Dom Bess, Tim Bresnan, Harry Brook, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (C), Mathew Fisher, Adam Lyth, Duanne Oliver, Mathew Pillans, Nicholas Pooran, Josh Poysden, Jonathan Tattersall (WK), Jordan Thompson, David Willey.
The surface at Leed’s is usually a high scoring venue where the average score of the team batting first in the T20 Blast 2018 was around 175. So we expect the same this time around too. The forecast is for 50% chance of rain in the first half of the match, hence it could be a stop and start kind of game.
Apart from his lone half-century, no other batsmen has produced a vital knock in the chase against Worcestershire. He has certainly fired up after what happened in the past few months. He will be eager to continue the same to make his way back to the England limited-overs squad. He is a must-have player in Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He will be the main man for Yorkshire in the batting front, as he is coming back after a great World Cup campaign. He has impressive numbers in this format, where he scored close to 2000 runs at a strike rate of 144 in 102 games played so far. So his present form and his track record in the format makes him a must-have player.
He has been brilliant for Yorkshire since his return from Nottinghamshire. He has become an integral part of the side. This season it will be no different as he will be at the focal point. He was the second-highest run-getter for the side in 2018 Blast where he scored 386 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 142.
The last season’s leading wicket-taker of Nottinghamshire has started the season in his usual fashion. He may have proved to be a touch expensive but he picked two crucial wickets against Worcestershire. His wicket-taking ability makes him a crucial player in today’s match.