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|RE Van Der Merwe||4.0||0||17||2||4.25|
|Marchant de Lange||3.0||0||40||0||13.33|
England's World Cup win has sparked a new ray of interest in English Cricket, and it couldn't have happened at a better time. In what is expected to be a thoroughly enjoyable first day of Vitality T20 Blast - 2019, Glamorgan and Somerset are set to meet each other at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on 18th of this month. English T20 Blast is a pretty long tournament, and teams have plenty of chances to bounce back. However, both the sides here will be looking for put first points on the board which could prove to be vital towards the back-end of the tournament. While Somerset are coming into the competition on the back of some terrific results, Glamorgan have some high-quality match winners. We expect this contest to light the stage on fire on the opening day of the tournament.
Glamorgan had a reasonable campaign last time around for significant part of the tournament but were left gutted towards the end as they missed the knockout boat by a margin or mere two points. The management has appointed a new coach in Matthew Maynard replacing Robert Croft.
Just before the beginning of the tournament, Glamorgan suffered a considerable setback as far as their team combination is concerned with Shaun Marsh ruled out for most of the competition due to an injury sustained during World Cup. His brother, Mitchell March, on the other hand, is available to play for them, albeit only for the first four matches with Ashes coming up ahead.
Glamorgan have also strengthened their batting with the signing of Pakistan's swashbuckling batsman in Fakhar Zaman, but with visa paperwork taking longer than expected, his participation in the first match of the tournament is still uncertain.
Colin Ingram was not only vital with the bat last year but was also highly influential as a captain. He adds to the versatility of Glamorgan's lineup and can be a dangerous man to deal with when under the pump. Although Glamorgan have a pretty decent unit on paper, they will have a few concerns with most of their players unavailable due to injuries or being on national duties. Despite that, however, they can still prove to be a dangerous side to deal with.
Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Chris Cooke, Billy Root, Owen Morgan, Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan.
Somerset are currently going through a terrific run in the English cricket, having won the Royal London One Day Cup and now sitting at the top of the ladder in the county championship. Somerset had a pretty good campaign last year as well as they topped their group with 20 points against their name.
Somerset have a pretty decent batting lineup consisting of Babar Azam, who is in red-hot form, and James Hildreth, who was their power-player last time around. Hildreth smashed over four hundred runs in fifteen innings in 2018 which consisted of four half-centuries.
While Somerset have had a pretty decent campaign otherwise, their loss to Yorkshire in county championship will be fresh in their minds. Having said that, T20 is a different ball game altogether, and availability of a different set of players should shrug off even a wee bit of low self-confidence. They'll be looking to start with the bang in this upcoming fixture and bounce back to the winnings ways and consequently start from where they left the last time around.
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller, Jerome Taylor.
With plenty of uncertainty around the nature of the surface and consequently the optimal target on this wicket, it would take a brave decision from any captain to bat first here. Also, the surface is likely to assist seam bowlers in the initial few overs which adds to the reason of winning the toss and bowling first. Both the captains will be looking to chase here after winning the toss.
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Recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup was impacted massively from the inclement weather conditions and same is expected once again on Thursday. It is expected to be a cloudy day with possible thundershowers during the earlier part of it which might make the surface a bit more alive. There is expected to be some assistance early in the innings for the quick bowlers. Although English grounds are usually known to be high-scoring, there is a good chance that this surface will be a tad slower as was seen in during the World Cup where most of the matches played here ended up being low-scoring. The team batting first should be pretty satisfied if they're able to put anything over 165-170 on the board.
Check out our Dream11 prediction for the Vitality T20 Blast Match between Glamorgan and Somerset:
A recent loss for Somerset may have dented their momentum a tad, but the way they've played in the season thus far is undoubtedly commendable. Glamorgan are struggling with injury concerns as well as players being selected for their respective national squads following which they are not expected to field their full-strength eleven on Friday. Even though Glamorgan have the home advantage which puts them almost on par with Somerset, at least on paper,
Somerset have terrific momentum behind them in this season. They have a well-balanced lineup with match-winners available in all three departments of the game. Considering that as well as the reasons mentioned above, we think that they are better-placed win the upcoming encounter and walk away from Sophia Gardens with two crucial points in their kitty.
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