LEI vs NOT Dream11 : Third and fourth placed sides take on each other in North Group as the Vitality Blast returns with a bang today
After being devoid of cricket in the Vitality Blast for a week, Friday sees the action return with eight matches scheduled in a long and hectic day of cricket. And opening proceedings on the day will be Leicestershire Foxes and Notts Outlaws, two teams who have done extremely well for themselves till now in the exhibition league.
Placed right adjacent to each other in third and fourth position, for today’s opponents the agenda is not just about moving above each other but also putting in their bid for second place. With both on 11 points in the North Group, this is a clash which holds massive ramifications for two sides who’ll be looking to adjust to the shortest format of the game instantly.
Playing in the County Championship Division 2, both these outfits ended up enduring extremely tedious fixtures, one which saw them being dominated by their opponents. For Notts Outlaws, the competition was too tough to negotiate, losing by a calamitous 143 runs as Yorkshire minced them apart and walked all over them in a low scoring encounter that saw Notts Outlaws bundled out for 243.
Elsewhere Leicestershire Foxes were crunched as well after allowing Durham Cricket to pile on 544, a match which eventually ended in a draw with Leicestershire Foxes showing immense fighting spirit in the second innings to put on 363-8. They’ll be looking to garner momentum from that recovery when they take on Notts Outlaws today in an encounter the side would love to take all the points from.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This should be a good surface for batting, especially in the first part of the innings with the ground team having gotten in ample time to come out and further harden the surface and make it conducive for batting. There will be movement for the pacers with the new ball given the overcast conditions but nothing to perturb the batsmen too much.
The side winning the toss will be looking to bat first over here.
Probable Playing 11
Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden, Neil, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (C), Lewis Hill (WK), Ben Mike, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Chris Wright
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Tom Moores (WK), Samit Patel, Dan Christian (C), Imad Wasim, Harry Gurney, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball
Match: Leicestershire Foxes vs Notts Outlaws
Date And Time: 23rd August, Friday- 11:00pm IST
Venue: The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road
- Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill, Callum Parkinson
- Alex Hales, Jake Libby, Dan Christian, Harry Gurney
Top 4 Batting Order
- Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden, Neil, Arron Lilley
- Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby
- Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill
- Alex Hales, Jake Libby
Death Overs Bowlers
- Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths
- Harry Gurney, Jake Ball
Wicket-Keeper for LEI vs NOT Dream11
Lewis Hill from Leicestershire Foxes is our pick in this facet. He wasn’t a part of the side’s test squad, a player who will be relatively fresher than the rest of his compatriots, a proposition which could see him put in a solid display with both the bat and ball for his side.
Batsmen for LEI vs NOT Dream11
Ben Duckett is the first name we opted for from Notts Outlaws with the batsman showcasing the immense kitty of abilities at his disposal recently, scoring an incredible innings of 75 for his side despite the rest of the batting order struggling to come to terms with the conditions at hand. Alex Hales has always been picked up by us from the outfit when they are in operation given his ability to find the boundaries inside the powerplay and makes an entry into our side as well.
From the opposition we have opted to bring in Mark Cosgrove, one of their most consistence bat, a name who has acted as the focal point of his side with a bagful of runs. He scored an unbeaten 107 in his side’s second innings against Durham to salvage a draw for his side and we envision him emulating that performance today as well.
All-Rounders for LEI vs NOT Dream11
Colin Ackermann from Leicestershire Foxes trumped all the rest of the players in this department. The side’s most pivotal performer, he’s been an excellent performer for them in this edition of the showpiece league, scoring 56 in the test format recently to reaffirm his immense capabilities across all formats.
Callum Parkinson comes in as well from the side while from the opposition we have opted for the duo of Dan Christian and Samit Patel, one which allows us to seamlessly blend in both pace and spin into our Dream 11 side.
Bowling Order for LEI vs NOT Dream11
Leicestershire Foxes most successful bowler, offspinner is the first player we decided to indulge in for this encounter. His brand of slower bowling has been extremely difficult to send to the fence, seeing him give plenty of air to the ball and entice batsmen into holing out the ball in the mid-on and mid-off regions.
With 5-67 recently, it was only fair for us to pick up pacer and new ball bowler, Luke Wood from Notts Outlaws along with his partner, Harry Gurney.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have opted for Ackermann as our side’s captain for this fixture while Hales is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, 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.