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

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

Richard Levi scored 59 runs at an average of 29.5 in this T20 Blast.

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Richard Levi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details

The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Leicestershire at the County Ground in Northampton.

The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT). This game will be live-streamed by Northamptonshire Cricket Club on YouTube.


Preview

Every team that participates in the T20 Blast hopes to finish in the top four in their respective group. However, the North group has been extremely tight and the competition is quite intense. Except for Lancashire, no one else has been able to dominate. The number two team and the number nine team are differentiated by just four points and it is only a matter of a couple of wins.

Both Northamptonshire and Leicestershire has got the chance of making a massive leap on the points table when they play each other in the upcoming T20 Blast encounter. Both these teams lag behind in terms of the NRR and that is an area of improvement that they’d focus upon. Considering the recent form, Leicestershire will go into this game as the favourites and will surely eye a massive win.


Weather Report

Heavy rain is predicted throughout the day in Northampton on Friday. This fixture is most likely to end up being washed out if we go by the weather forecast.

Pitch Condition/Report:

It is a decent batting track at Northampton. While it might not be one of those particularly high-scoring venues, teams should be able to get to 160 or thereabouts if the batsmen do well. At the same time, there is enough on offer for the bowlers if they pitch it in the right areas.

Average first innings score: 165.84 (Last 13 completed games in the T20 Blast 2019)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 7, Tied – 0


Injury and Availability News (Team News)

(Will be added when there is an update)

Probable Playing XIs:

Northamptonshire:

Adam Rossington (wk), Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb (c), Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Graeme White, Nathan Buck, Luke Procter, Ben Sanderson.

Bench: Ben Curran, Matt Coles, Charlie Thurston.

Leicestershire

Mark Cosgrove, Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Lewis Hill (wk), Colin Ackermann (C), Aadil Ali, Will Davis, Dieter Klein, Harry Dearden, Callum Parkinson, Harry Swindells

Bench: Chris Wright, Ben Mike


Top Picks:

Colin Ackermann is the leading run-getter and also the leading wicket-taker across these two teams. He scored 270 runs and picking up 11 wickets including the record 7-wicket haul across the ten matches he played till now.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain options – Colin Ackermann, Joshua Cobb, Dwaine Pretorius

Vice-captain options – Mark Cosgrove, Arron Lilley, Rob Keogh

Dwaine Pretorius has been consistent in producing points with either bat or ball. Aaron Lilley has also done well in gaining a good number of points.

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Adam Rossington

Batters – Rob Keogh, Alex Wakely, Mark Cosgrove

All-Rounders – Joshua Cobb, Colin Ackermann (C), Dwaine Pretorius (VC), Callum Parkinson

Bowlers – Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Graeme White

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Lewis Hill

Batters – Rob Keogh, Richard Levi, Mark Cosgrove (VC)

All-Rounders – Joshua Cobb (C), Colin Ackermann, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf

Bowlers – Gavin Griffiths, Arron Lilley, Ben Sanderson


Expert Advice:

Looking at the strengths of the two teams and the players in the respective squad, the trio of Colin AckermannDwaine Pretorius and Joshua Cobb have to be among the first choice pickings.

Probable Winners:

Leicestershire is expected to win this match.

*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.