Vitality T20 Blast 2019, GLO vs SOM
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Gloucestershire and Somerset at the County Ground in Bristol.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club on YouTube.
A mid-table battle will be seen when Gloucestershire hosts Somerset at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday. Gloucestershire is placed 4th in the South Group as they won four out of the ten matches but earned four points by virtue of three washed out matches and a Tie. They have won three out of their last four completed matches and will look to continue that momentum.
On the other hand, the Somerset achieved a hat-trick of wins prior to the County break. Despite Babar Azam and Tom Banton’s exploits at the top, the Somerset team struggle to win matches. They won only two of their six matches and lost in remaining four. They are currently at No.5 with 11 points from ten matches. They have got a game more than their competitors from here on.
The temperatures are expected to stay high on Friday compared to that of Thursday. The weather is expected to be clear throughout the day. The rain doesn’t seem to be a threat going by the weather forecast.
The recent matches in the T20 Blast played at the County Ground in Bristol has been on the slower side. They have produced low total this season but the case has been different during the Kia Super League. Anything over 150 can be expected to be chased down during this match considering the result of the recent KSL game.
Average first innings score: 161 (Unaffected T20 matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News (Team News)
Gloucestershire’s Loan signing Zak Chappell has been called back by Nottinghamshire.
Probable Playing XIs:
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Dominic Bess, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton.
Bench: George Bartlett, Ollie Sale, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald.
Michael Klinger (C), Miles Hammond, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey (WK), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor, Andrew Tye, Tom Smith, Chris Liddle, Graeme van Buuren, David Payne.
Bench: Chris Dent, John Shaw.
Babar Azam and Tom Banton will look to continue where they left before the County break. The duo was performing consistently and one of them takes the charge to bat long in every match.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Ryan Higgins
Vice-Captain – Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey
James Bracey had some good knock in the recent most games in the T20 Blast. He can be a safe choice as a vice-captain given his keeping ability.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton (C), James Bracey (VC)
Batters – Babar Azam, Michael Hammond, Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain
All-Rounders – Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Jerome Taylor, Andrew Tye, Craig Overton, Chris Liddle
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tom Banton, James Bracey
Batters – Babar Azam (C), Michael Hammond, Tom Abell, Ian Cockbain (VC)
All-Rounders – Ryan Higgins
Bowlers – Jerome Taylor, Craig Overton, David Payne, Chris Liddle
The reason for picking both the keepers Tom Banton and James Bracey is due to their recent form with the bat. Both are a must in the fantasy team for the coming match.
Somerset will start as favourites to win this match.