DUR vs WOR Dream11 Team Prediction: Durham look to breach the Top 4 today while Worcestershire eye a quick recovery.
With just two points separating second and seventh place in North Group, each of the nine partaking teams in the group know that they are still in with a chance of making it to the revered top 4. And one of those sides is Durham Cricket, a team which is looking to string together a successful run of results as it looks to propel itself up from its fifth placed position.
After starting the league in an emphatic manner with a couple of comprehensive wins, the 2019 edition of the Vitality Blast was quick to unravel for Durham Cricket. They suffered a spate of profound defeats, one that saw them being wiped apart by their opponents who were quick to capitalize on the callous showings by the side.
However, a change of name in the middle of the season has been quick to turnaround things for the side who with three points in their previous two matches, coming courtesy of a win and an abandoned encounter have reignited their chances of making the top 4. Currently sitting with nine points, they are just one behind Worcestershire Rapids’ 10, knowing a win today will propel them all the way from fifth into second place.
While Durham are bound to be buoyed by this tantalising turn of events, Worcestershire Rapids are not going to be an easy opposition for them. One of the most complete sides in the league, the team will be looking to turnaround what was a disappointing run chase the last time around, when they ended up losing by 20 runs to Derbyshire Falcons. Despite being 86-1 at one stage, the side tumbled down in quick time to lose 5 wickets for 47 runs, seeing them give up all the incentive they had wrestled in their favour.
DUR vs WOR Dream11 Team Prediction
Moeen Ali has decided to not return to Worcestershire Rapids after being dropped by the England side for their ongoing second Ashes series test match.
Probable Playing XI
Stuart Poynter, Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Scott Steel, Jack Burnham, D’Arcy Short, Ben Raine, Liam Trevaskis, Nathan Rimmington, Matty Potts, Brydon Carse
Martin Guptill, Riki Wessells, Callum Ferguson, Wayne Parnell, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Daryl Mitchell, Brett Oliveira, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This surface has something for everyone in it with the ball deviating and misbehaving in the hands of the pacers in the early part of the innings before the surface eventually settles down to become a batting conducive surface. Overall a surface which is inclined towards batsmen, the runs should be easy to score by here if batsmen are ready to imbibe the due processes needed to craft a true T20 innings.
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Dream 11 Picks for DUR vs WOR
Wicket-keepers for DUR vs WOR Dream11
With both the wicket-keepers having offered nothing of worth till now in the league, we have decided to stick with Ben Cox for this one owing to the batting position he occupies. At number 5, the wicket-keeper comes out in the death overs usually, a period when he’s allowed to free his arms, something which should see him get in vital points through boundaries.
Batsmen for DUR vs WOR Dream11
Worcestershire Rapids’ opener, Martin Guptill is the first player we have picked up here. He came into the marquee Vitality Blast struggling to break free of the impasse he was embroiled in at the World Cup but has eventually managed to shrug off his dwindling form to score some good runs for the side.
He got 45 in the previous match, putting on a vital 73 run partnership for the first wicket with his captain Callum Ferguson who himself scored a neat innings of 37. Both of them are picked up by us for this match alongside opener Rikki Wessels who was unlucky to be run-out in the previous encounter.
From Durham Cricket we are heralding in their talismen Scott Steel and Peter Handscomb, two names who have been pivotal to the side’s resurgence in recent times.
All-rounders for DUR vs WOR Dream11
We have picked out the two players over here, the one from either side with our picks being based on players who not only come high up the batting order but will be given four overs with the ball as well. And D’Arcy Short from Durham and Wayne Parnell from Worcestershire Rapids are exactly two such players, name quissential to their side’s cause of winning matches.
Bowlers for DUR vs WOR Dream11
Not only was he the most economical bowler for his side in an encounter where the entire unit was cleaned out for runs but was also only one of the two bowlers to have registered a wicket in front of his name. This sees us opt for pacer Pat Brown from the reigning champions with Ed Barnard giving him company after scoring 29 in 17 balls in the previous match, a handy cameo which kept his side alive in the run chase.
On the other hand we have the lone option come in from Durham with Brydon Carse coming in for us.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.