DER vs WOR Dream11 Team Prediction: Reigning champions Worcestershire look to continue their ascendancy against Derbyshire tonight.
They came into the 2019 installment of the Vitality Blast as the reigning champions and Worcestershire Rapids have done everything to justify their credentials. Currently sitting in second place in North Group at the halfway mark of the group stage matches, the Rapids have made for spectacular viewing across their 4 outings in the marquee league.
Looking to retain their first ever title, the Rapids couldn’t have asked for a much better start. Starting off their campaign with a profound win, the side had a slight slip as they went onto lose their ensuing encounter before bouncing back with a 9-wicket win at home. It were not just the two points which the side took from that win which saw them finally reaffirm their status as stalwarts but the way in which the win came about that saw heads turn in their direction.
Elsewhere from their opponents on the day, Derbyshire Falcons, the league couldn’t have traversed through a more treacherous period. With just the one win in four matches, the side find themselves chasing the rest of the league, something which leaves them in a perilous position given the spate they find themselves in at the moment.
DER vs WOR Dream11 Team Prediction
While playing at home is obviously going to favour Gloucestershire Rapids, what swings this encounter massively in their favour is their heavy batting department which has taken the onus on themselves to help the side make massive strides in the group. And with Derbyshire Falcons hardly inspiring on the bowling front, being peeled apart by sides, this match’s scoreline could be an extremely silly one in the Rapids favour.
Pitch conditions and Toss
It’s going to be an absolutely lush batting surface with batsmen heralding a colossal amount of runs on this wicket. Bowlers are going it extremely tough to contain batsmen over here with the slightest mistake in line and length seeing the ball run away to the fence. The side winning the toss here will be looking to chase without any deliberations.
Dream 11 Picks
With Ben Cox coming so low down the order for the Rapids, Daryn Smith from Derbyshire Rapids becomes the only viable option for us over here. He’s bound to come in and get a good amount of overs to bat in the middle given how poor Derbyshire’s top-order has been till now in the showpiece league.
Cloudy, but dry so far here at @WorcsCCC 🤞🏏
— Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) July 31, 2019
After a smashing 31 ball 86, Martin Guptill seems to have finally regained his form. He had endured a lacklustre World cup and looked set to continue in the same manner before he ended up hitting three 4s and ten 6s to put on a staggering 184 run partnership with Rikki Wessels at the top of the order as the Rapids went about making a mockery of the target at hand.
Accompanying him for this match will be Rikki Wessels who went onto score 74 in 29 balls in that particular encounter, stringing together a massive knock for the opening stand. Elsewhere where coming in from Derbyshire Falcons is a two man partnership as well with us selecting Billy Godleman and Leus du Plooy for this one, two players who will have to take centrestage for their side today.
With Moeen Ali out of their side for this particular fixture, we are bringing in Wayne Parnell from Worcestershire Falcons with him set to come out earlier in the batting order along with getting his four overs with the ball as well. Luis Reece comes in from Derbyshire Falcons owing to the same identity he holds for the side with us opting for a two man pick in this facet.
Given the way Derbyshire Falcons have faltered on the batting front and their lopsided batting department which is all too prone to collapsing when in pursuit of a big total, we have brought in Patrick Brown and Dillon Paddington, two bowlers who ended up picking the two wickets each in the previous match on this same surface.
Expect Worcestershire to lose wickets as well especially in the death overs which sees u go in for Mark Watt and Ravi Rampal.
Dream 11 Advice
With teams partaking in the tournament in a hectic and congested schedule, one which sees several countries play on consecutive days, there is a likelihood of sides changing their playing 11’s for every match. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your side which include the best performers for each side with players being roped in based on their pivotal role and importance to the team paired with the pitch conditions, toss and recent performances.