YOR vs DUR Match Preview
Yorkshire has played a couple of games in the competition so far and they are still searching for that elusive first victory in the competition. They received a couple of defeats at the hands of Birmingham Bears and Worcestershire Rapids by margins of 34 runs and 2 wickets respectively. But they do have a lot of talent playing for them in their ranks and everybody is expecting them to turn around this situation quickly. The main problem for Yorkshire Rapids has been at the top of the order with Adam Lyth not contributing much. Dawid Malan also fell cheaply for a first-ball duck in the game against Rapids.
The Namibian international player David Weise was a part of the team during the defeat in their last game however, he picked up 3 scalps showing his utility to the team. He has been the go-to player for Yorkshire during this campaign. Jordan Thompson has continued his consistency in this format of the game with a couple of wickets in both games played so far. It is expected that Johny Bairstow will make a comeback to the side in this match after a long injury layoff. This will bolster the upper middle order of the Yorkshire outfit.
Durham on the other hand had a miserable season last year in Vitality Blast. They could not have expected a better performance from their first match of the season. Their bowlers dismissed Northamptonshire Steelbacks for a paltry total of 137 runs and while chasing the target did not drop a wicket. They also reached the target in 13.2 overs. Their skipper Alex Lees scored 37 runs not out from just 31 balls at the top of the order on Friday. However, it was his partner Graham Clark who was the star of the show with a superb 102 not out from 49 balls.
The Durham leg spinner Nathan Sowter was at his best in this game as he returned with incredible figures of 5 for 15 in the T20 Blast game. It is expected that he will get a lot of turn from this track as well. He can also expect assistance from Bas de Leede who also was among wickets in the Durham's last match picking up 2 scalps for 27 runs. His slower balls can be quite effective on this track in Headingley. However, the Durham team needs to keep in mind that it will be tough to replicate a performance like the one they had against Northamptonshire.
The weather conditions in Leeds are likely to remain cool and you can get periods of showers and sunshine in spots.
The average total scored at the Headingley while batting first in the Vitality Blast competition is 162 runs. The highest score achieved at the venue is 260 for 4. This was achieved by Yorkshire while playing against Northamptonshire. The largest score chased successfully at this venue is 208 runs by Yorkshire against Durham. It will be the first game to be played at the venue and any team that bats first will look to post a score in the regions of 180 to 190 runs on the board.
The Headingley wicket is one of the better batting tracks in England. It provides good assistance to both bowlers and batters. But it doesn’t alter much when you are playing T20 cricket on it. The ball comes onto the bat nicely. The quicker bowlers will get some assistance from the track when the ball is new however, the batsmen are expected to do well in this game.
Both teams have an identical head-to-head record in T20 games.
If you take a peek at the head-to-head between the two teams in the last five matches, you will find that both teams are tied at 2-2. One game had to be abandoned.
Adam Lyth has a terrific strike rate for Yorkshire.
Adam Lyth has a great strike rate for Yorkshire although he did not contribute much in the first couple of games. In his last 10 appearances for Yorkshire, he has contributed 252 runs with a strike rate of 175.
There are no injury updates available for this game so far. So, we assume that the entire team will be available for selection.
YOR vs DUR Probable 11
YOR Playing 11
- Adam Lyth
- Dawid Malan
- Shan Masood (C)
- Jonathan Tattersall (Wk)
- David Wiese
- Matthew Revis
- Jordan Thompson
- Ben Mike
- Dominic Bess
- Matthew Fisher
- Jafer Chohan
DUR Playing 11
- Alex Lees (C)
- Michael Jones
- Graham Clark
- Oliver Robinson (Wk)
- Ashton Turner
- Bas de Leede
- Luke Doneathy
- Liam Trevaskis
- Ben Raine
- Nathan Sowter
- Brandon Glover
Yorkshire has a better record in terms of head-to-head against Durham. Playing in home conditions will provide an edge to their players. Although Yorkshire has made a poor start to the season, they do have a powerful batting line-up and that might be useful here. The top order for Durham is pretty strong and it remains to be seen how their middle and lower-middle order holds out against Yorkshire. The Durham spinners might find the track to be helpful for their kind of bowling. But we think Yorkshire will revert all the difficulties and take advantage of home conditions to win this game.
Adam Lyth: The failure of Adam Lyth in the first couple of games could be one of the major factors for the dismal performance of Yorkshire. He will be raring to go in this game.
Liam Trevaski: He has been one of the consistent bowlers for Durham during the last season. He has picked up 10 scalps from 9 matches with a strike rate of 19.20.
Harry Brook: Harry Brook has scored 231 runs for Yorkshire in his last seven games for them with an average of 33 and a strike rate of 162.67.
Graham Clark: Graham Clark was a terrific touch in the Durham last match. He will be looked upon to score more runs in this game.
YOR vs DUR Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: J Bairstow , G Clark
Batters: A Lyth, S Masood, A Turner, D Malan (C)
All-rounders: B Stokes, D Wiese (VC)
Bowlers: A Rashid, W Parnell, M Wood