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|Colin de Grandhomme||20||14||2||1||142.86|
|Colin de Grandhomme||4.0||0||53||1||13.25|
The Birmingham Bears have got off to a good start in the Vitality T20 Blast 2018 by winning two out of their three matches. It is still early season a couple of losses could see them slide down right towards the bottom of the table. With one win from three matches, Leicestershire Foxes have not had the start they wanted but know that they are not too far away from the lead pack. The Foxes have made it very clear that they are not doing things by any set pattern and continually adapt as the tournament progresses.
A convincing win against Nottingham and another one against Yorkshire in its last match has put the Birmingham Bears in a comfortable position. Even the loss against Worcestershire was very hard fought and could have gone to any side.
The runs for Birmingham have been provided by Bell, Hain, Hose, and Pollock. Bell is the current highest scorer of the team with 132 runs to his name but it is the Strike rate of 133.33 that had made spectators take notice.
If Bell can continue to score in this fashion then Birmingham is in for a bumper year. Another player that is making everyone take notice is Ed Pollock. He currently has 80 runs for the tournament in just 39 deliveries. He has also hit seven sixes and is ensuring that the Birmingham Bears get off to absolute screamers of starts.
With quality players like de Grandhoome and Grant Elliott in the team, the Birmingham Bears have put together a very exciting batting team. A number of players contributing to scoring runs for Birmingham is a very positive sign and shows that there is no over-reliance on one particular member of the team.
The bowling is also a similar story that has seen a number of people take wickets, Dom Sibley, Grant Eliott, Jeetan Patel, and Hannon-Dalby are all among the wickets. Jeetan Patel was, in fact, one of the most economical bowlers in the entire tournament last year.
Birmingham’s positive start to the tournament is an excellent thing for the competitiveness of this group.
Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Grant Elliott, Colin de Grandhomme, Dominic Sibley, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
There was a moment in the campaign last year that Leicestershire was leading the campaign after 5 matches and was seemingly beaten. Of course, we later found out that this form was just a mirage and that Leicestershire has plenty of weaknesses in its squad.
The addition of Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Nabi is something like that. Both the payers have been very good with the ball. In fact, Abbas and Nabi are barely going for 7 runs an over combined. The captain knows that he can throw the ball to either of these players at any stage of the game without any trouble.
8 strong overs in every game has also meant that Leicestershire is a force to be reckoned with in this tournament.
The runs have been scored by Ackerman and Delport without any of them really blowing the house down. Only Ackerman has one fifty to his name amongst the entire team but others like Delport, Nabi, and Dexter have also contributed well.
The problem for Leicestershire is its depth of resources. Neither the batting order looks deep enough to be able to consistently get the runs needed nor does the bowling look strong enough to consistently put the opposition under trouble.
At least in the bowling side players like Chappell, Parkinson, and Raine have contributed with some wickets to their names.
Leicestershire looks like a dangerous side but one whose challenge will fizzle out once the top few players play their hand.
C Delport, Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackermann, Ned Eckersley, Mohammad Nabi, Ben Raine, Tom Wells, Zak Chappell, Callum Parkinson, Mohammad Abbas.
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Plenty of rain has been forecast for Birmingham on match day and it is likely some interruptions are recorded. The weather still seems good enough to allow a game to be recorded and we shouldn’t have to suffer the first abandonment of the tournament.
The bowlers will have something to work with at Edgebaston. There is always a little movement in the air and the rain should help make the first few overs a little tricky for the batsmen.
A score of around 150 should be considered par
Birmingham has lost only one game to Leicestershire in its last five attempts. It seems to have the personnel to win this game as well and continue to improve its record against Leicestershire.
Back Birmingham to win.
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