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|Colin de Grandhomme||4.0||0||38||2||9.50|
|Colin de Grandhomme||15||5||2||1||300.00|
Birmingham Bears started their campaign in style as they pummeled Nottinghamshire Outlaws to avenge their defeat of last year's final. Their next assignment is against Worcestershire who are yet to play a match in this season. Worcestershire will play their first game against Lancashire Lightning on 5th July. This will be their second match of the season and they'll be looking to get themselves established at the top of the points table by doing well on consecutive days. Bears are already on the top of the table with a good net run rate and they'd come into this game in a bid to maintain their supremacy at the top of the table.
Worcestershire will be hampered by the unavailability of their skipper and their players at least in the first few matches of the competition. Their first match will coincide with India's match against England rendering their skipper, Moeen Ali, unavailable. Despite that, their batting looks good with power-hitters available throughout their lineup. In addition to Moeen's absence, Travis Head, too, will be unavailable for selection as he is the part of Australian squad playing tri-series in Zimbabwe.
Their overseas contingent is formed by some veterans in the shortest format with names including Martin Guptill, Calum Ferguson, and Travis Head. All of those are in superb form with Guptill doing well for the Kiwis and Callum Ferguson having recently smashed an individual score of 192 in Royal London One Day Cup. In addition to that, they have good power-hitters in Joe Clarke, Brett D'Oliveira, and Ross Whiteley. Whitely came into limelight after he became the first Englishman to hit six sixes in an over last year.
Despite having a superb batting lineup, Worcestershire could only manage the eighth spot last year which was primarily because of their expensive bowling performance. They bowled with an economy rate of 8.95 runs an over which was among the worst in the tournament. They'd be looking forward to Ed Barnard this year who enjoys bowling in pressure-cooker situations. The injury to Joe Leach and Josh Tongue hasn't helped their bowling either. In short, Worcestershire have a superb batting lineup with almost all of batsmen capable to hit the ball long, but their bowlers will need to join the party.
Martin Guptill, Joe Clarke, Callum Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D'Oliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown, George Rhodes.
Ian Bell continued to build on his outstanding season as he took Bears past the reigning champions, Nottinghamshire, with relative ease. Bell's innings was characteristic of his style of play which included only Cricketing shots and nothing else. He got good support from another stylish batsman in Sam Hain. The duo stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 121 runs which saw them home with a little under three overs to spare.
Bowling first, all Bears bowlers employed their skills to keep Nottinghamshire to a modest total of just 155 on an excellent batting wicket. Their 18-year-old quickie, Henry Brooks bowled with good pace and control up front and finished with the figures of 4-1-24-1. Colin de Grandhomme also contributed well with the ball as he picked two wickets and conceded the same amount of runs as Henry Brooks.
The Bears performance in the first game had everything a coach and its fans would want from a T20 team. They bowled with discipline and chased down the target rather clinically. It's going to be tough ask for any team to get past the Bears in current form.
Ed Pollock, Will Rhodes, Sam Hain, Ian Bell, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
Winning the toss and putting the opposition it has been the trend this season and we expect the same in the upcoming match as well.
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Excellent surface to bat, small boundaries and clear weather are all the ingredients for a high-scoring contest. Chasing will be the way to go here and the team batting first will like to put at least 180 on the board.
The Bears did well in their first match while the Rapids have back to back matches to play on Thursday and Friday. Birmingham have already posted a win in which both their batsmen and bowlers contributed exceptionally. For that reason, we expect the Bears to register their second win of the tournament in their upcoming fixture against Worcestershire Rapids.