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|Colin de Grandhomme||14||8||0||2||175.00|
|Colin de Grandhomme||1.0||0||21||0||21.00|
The Birmingham Bears have had a poor start to the season by winning just two out of their five mates so far. They will, however, be taking on a team that is winless after five matches. Northamptonshire is going through an absolute horror time in the Vitality Blast 2018 and needs some sort of a miracle to change things around.
Both the team would be targeting this match as a potential win. Which team has a better chance of actually achieving that?
Birmingham ran into a charged up Leicestershire and a fast-rising Durham in its last two matches and ended up losing both. The two defeats have opened up the North Group and brought the teas much closer together. The Bears would be hoping they do not afford Northamptonshire the opportunity to kickstart its campaign as well.
The manner of defeat in the last two games would have shaken Birmingham up. They gave away more than 220 runs in both matches putting its bowling lineup in the crosshairs.
For a team that has players like Jeetan Patel, Dom Sibley, and Grant Elliot, such poor performances with the ball are a shocker. The highest wicket-takers for the team have been Hannon-Dalby with 9 to his name and Brookes with 7 to his name so far. In the case of Hannon-Dalby, though, the economy rate has been a bit on the higher side.
Birmingham also has Colin de Grandhomme to contribute with both bat and ball lending even more international quality to the side.
While the bowling has been patchy, the batting has not been too bad. Hain has been the standout batsman of the side so far with over 200 runs to his name but Bell, de Grandhomme, Hose, and Pollock have contributed as well.
Ed Pollock has been attracting plenty of attention thanks to a penchant for hitting sixes and scoring largely in boundaries but he needs to find a gameplan to combat spin bowling quickly as well.
Birmingham has a good T20 side that will be looking to get its season back on track against the struggling Northamptonshire.
Ed Pollock, Ian Bell, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Grant Elliott, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, WB Rankin, Aaron Thomason, Olly Stone.
No wins even after a third of the season has been completed should be very concerning for Northamptonshire. They took on Derbyshire in their last match with both teams looking for their first victory and came away second best.
Northamptonshire needs to find a way to turn things around quickly or else its season will be effectively over in the blink of an eye.
Ben Duckett has more than 200 runs to his name and Alex Wakely has 139 with two fifties for both the players. No one else in the side even comes close and that has been the problem for Northamptonshire. Richard Levi, so effective for Northamptonshire in previous seasons, is struggling to get the ball off the square.
He is still scoring his runs at a strike rate of over 150 but he is not spending enough time in the middle to make it count.
Northamptonshire has two or three dangerous batsmen but it needs a couple of them to fire at the same time.
The bowling has also been very poor for Northamptonshire. Sekkugge Prasanna as the choice of overseas player is looking a little ill-thought out now. He has taken just three wickets in five matches so far but his economy rate of 7.52 is excellent.
Sanderson and Kleinveldt are the other two bowlers that have played and bowled in all the matches so far. Both the bowlers are giving runs at more than 11 runs an over and have not taken any great number of wickets either.
For a bowler like Kleinveldt, who thrives on being the death overs specialist, this economy rate is a troubling sign of poor form.
There are plenty of problems for Northamptonshire and the team will need a brilliant individual performance or two to register a victory.
Richard Levi, Ben Duckett, Josh Cobb, Kyle Coetzer, Alex Wakely, Steven Crook, Luke Procter, Rory Kleinveldt, S Prasanna, Graeme White, Nathan Buck.
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A partly cloudy day with 20% chance of rain has been forecast for match day. The pitch in Edgbaston is excellent for scoring and should bring cheer to batsmen on both sides. We think a score of around 180 should be considered par.
Plenty of sixes are usually hit on this ground so punter may want to over for the total number of sixes in the match
We think that Northamptonshire will have to remain winless for at least one more game. The Birmingham Bears are playing at home and have enough batting talent to make the most of the opportunity against a struggling bowling attack.
Back Birmingham to win.
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