Who Will Win Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Vitality Blast 2019?
Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) and Worcestershire Rapids will look to extend their winning momentum when they take on each other in this North Group fixture of the Vitality Blast 2019. The match will be played on August 23 at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 PM local time.
Worcestershire are coming on the back of a three-run win in what was an absolute thriller against the Durham Jets last week. Put into bat first, they could manage only 117 off their 20 overs. The game seemed to be getting away from them quickly with Durham being 79 for none at one stage. But Ed Barnard's initial breakthrough triggered a collapse and Worcestershire ended up snatching victory from the jaws of defeat as Durham finished at 114-6. Warwickshire, on the other hand, had to share points with Lancashire Lightning in their last match which got abandoned due to rain.
WARKS vs WORCS, Vitality Blast 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sky Sports, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Fox Sports, SuperSport
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Now TV, Sky Sports
WARKS vs WORCS Weather Report
A clear and cool weather has been forecast for Friday evening with temperatures ranging from 17 to 22 degrees Celsius. Humidity is expected to be between 59% and 76% during the course of the match. There could be a light breeze blowing across the stadium.
WARKS vs WORCS Pitch Condition
The pitch at the Edgbaston has been very good for batting in the recent past with 150+ being scored four times in the last three matches. Warwickshire and Lancashire both went past 160 in the last game at this ground which also saw ample assistance for the spinners.
WARKS vs WORCS Toss Prediction
The Edgbaston has hosted four matches so far in this year's Vitality T20 Blast and the toss-winning team has elected to bowl on three occasions. Since the pitch will probably remain the same throughout the duration of the game, the team that wins the toss here is likely to continue the trend of bowling first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Vitality Blast 2019...
Warwickshire Team News & Playing 11
WARKS Team News
West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards' stint with Warwickshire this season has come to an end and he was replaced by batsman Matthew Lamb in the last match against Lancashire Lightning. Lamb had a pretty good outing in that game and he is likely to keep his place in the side. Sam Hain, who was promoted from number three to the opening position last time, is likely to open the innings again alongside Dominic Sibley which means Michael Burgess could again find himself batting in the middle order. Warwickshire don't have any injury concerns at the moment and we expect them to retain their winning combination from last time.
WARKS Key Players
Sam Hain: With 336 runs at an average of 42, Sam Hain is one of the tournament's top five batsmen in this year's Vitality Blast. The opener has cracked a couple of half-centuries and has not scored less than 21 runs in any game this season.
Henry Brookes: The pacer has been the most successful bowler for Birmingham Bears this year with 12 wickets in 8 matches at an economy of 8.37. He finished as the pick of the bowlers for his team last time against Lancashire with figures of 2-32 from four overs.
Adam Hose: At number three, he is another key batsman for Warwickshire. Hose has made decent contributions with the bat this season, scoring 228 runs and having a strike-rate of 148.05. He smashed 65 off 34 balls in the last match against Lancashire.
WARKS Recent Form
Warwickshire (Birmingham Bears) currently find themselves in an uncomfortable position. They have played ten matches so far this season out of which they have won three and lost four. One of those encounters resulted in a tie while two were washed out including their previous outing last week against Lancashire Lightning. After sharing points with a tie against Yorkshire Vikings, Warwickshire suffered big defeats in their next two fixtures - against Leicestershire by 55 runs and against Nottinghamshire by 28 runs (D/L method) - before securing a 15-run victory against Lancashire.
Warwickshire Predicted Playing 11
Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (wk), Chris Green, Alex Thomson, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (c), Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Worcestershire Team News & Playing 11
WORCS Team News
Worcestershire made just the one change to their side in the last match against Durham as they dropped fast bowler Joe Leach and replaced him with batsman Thomas Charles Fell. The county will miss the services of their skipper Callum Ferguson who has flown back home to Australia due to personal reasons. New Zealand batsman Hamish Rutherford has replaced Ferguson in the squad and he is likely to be slotted in at number three with Martin Guptill and Riki Wessels taking up the opening positions. Worcestershire will probably bring in all-rounder Brett D'Oliveira to captain the team for the remainder of the Vitality Blast 2019 season.
WORCS Key Players
Martin Guptill: The New Zealand opening batsman is the leading run-getter for Worcestershire in this 2019 edition of the T20 Blast with 232 runs at an average of 33.14. Guptill struck an unbeaten 86 last month against Durham and scored 45 last week against Derbyshire.
Riki Wessels: Guptill's opening partner Riki Wessels has also been amongst the runs this season - 225 runs in 8 matches and is having an impressive strike-rate of 155.17. He has hit a couple of fifties so far - 74 versus Durham at Worcester and 91 versus Yorkshire at Leeds - and is coming off an unbeaten 84 against Northamptonshire at the Specsavers County Championship.
Patrick Brown: He has been the most impressive performer with the ball for Worcestershire this year. The fast bowler has taken 12 wickets in 8 matches at a pretty decent economy of 7.80. Patrick has picked five wickets in his previous three outings including a couple of scalps last time out.
WORCS Recent Form
Worcestershire are comfortably positioned on the second spot in the North Group standings with five wins, three losses and a couple of washouts from ten league matches. They made an excellent start to their campaign this year, winning four of their first five completed fixtures. But they lost all their momentum thereafter with back-to-back defeats in their next two completed matches - against Leicestershire Foxes by 33 runs and against Derbyshire Falcons by 20 runs. Worcestershire, however, have bounced back in the tournament with a narrow three-run win over Durham Jets in their last match.
Worcestershire Predicted Playing 11
Riki Wessels, Martin Guptill, Hamish Rutherford, Wayne Parnell, Thomas Charles Fell, Ben Cox (wk), Brett D’Oliveira (c), Ed Barnard, Daryl Mitchell, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown