Vitality T20 Blast 2019: North Group, Durham vs Nottinghamshire: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Vitality T20 Blast 2019: North Group, Durham vs Nottinghamshire: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Alex Hales hasn't got even one 30+ score in his previous four matches.

D'Arcy Short
D’Arcy Short of Durham. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Nottinghamshire moved back to No.2 position after a big win against Warwickshire on Friday. The Nottingham team’s campaign hasn’t been consistent as they failed to maintain a winning streak. Alex Hales needs to step up for the Notts as the England International scored two fifties in the first three games. But Hales failed to cross 30-run mark even once in the next four matches.

Nottinghamshire will now be up against Durham who is only one point behind them. Durham has also been similar to the Notts as they won and lost alternative games. In their recent fixture, Durham went down by seven runs to Derbyshire. D’Arcy Short has been the face of Durham in this tournament. He scored 326 runs and took nine wickets from eight games.

Match Details:

The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Durham and Nottinghamshire at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).


Weather Condition/Report:

It will be interesting to see if there will be any play during this game. The chances of rainfall increase from 80% at 1 PM to 95% by 4 PM. The scheduled start of the game is 2:30 PM local time itself.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street is a low scoring venue. Scoring 150+ is also tough the teams batting first and sometimes even the totals of 140 become defendable in some cases.

Average first innings score: 148 (Last seven completed T20 Blast matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 4


Probable Playing XIs:

Durham:

D Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb,  Graham Clark, Jack Burnham/ Ben Raine, Stuart Poynter (C & WK), Liam Trevaskis, Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington, Matty Potts.

Bench: Mitchell Claydon, Chris Rushworth.

Nottinghamshire:

Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores (WK), Jake Libby, Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Imad Wasim, Harry Gurney, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter.

Bench: Chris Nash, Jake Ball.


Injury and Availability News:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Top Picks:

The confidence from the recent games could help Imad Wasim to become a dangerous man on what is expected to be a slow track in Chester-le-Street. Nottinghamshire’s Joe Clarke has the ability to score in any pitch conditions and expected to succeed with the bat yet again.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – D’Arcy Short, Joe Clarke, Scott Steel, Imad Wasim

Vice-captain – Alex Hales, Peter Handscomb, Tom Moores, Nathan Rimmington

D’Arcy Short has to be captain or vice-captain given his consistent show. He earns a minimum of 30 points each game as he opens the batting and bowls 3-4 overs.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Joe Clarke (VC), Tom Moores

Batsmen – Alex Hales, Scott Steel, Peter Handscomb

All-Rounders – Imad Wasim, Liam Trevaskis, D’Arcy Short (C)

Bowlers – Nathan Rimmington, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Tom Moores, Joe Clarke

Batsmen – Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Ben Duckett

All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (VC), Samit Patel, Imad Wasim (C)

Bowlers – Harry Gurney, Nathan Rimmington, Matty Potts


Expert Advice:

Daniel Christian hasn’t been as effective player as he was in the previous edition with both bat and ball. Given the conditions in Chester-le-Street, it is ideal to pick spin bowling all-rounders ahead of him.

Probable Winners:

Nottinghamshire is expected to edge past Durham.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.