On Friday (28th August) evening, Birmingham Bears will face Somerset CCC at Edgbaston (Birmingham) in the Central Group of T20 Blast 2020.
It will be the opening match in this tournament for both these sides. In the last T20 Blast season, while Bears finished in the eighth position in the North Division points table, Somerset ended their journey after finishing in the sixth position in the South Division points table.
T20 Blast 2020: Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC – Match Details
Birmingham Bears will host the match against Somerset CCC at Edgbaston (Birmingham). It will be a day/night encounter, which will begin on Friday (28th August) at 18:30 local time (23:00 IST).
T20 Blast 2020: Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC – Pitch Report
It will be the first T20 match at Edgbaston (Birmingham) in this season. Generally, 160+ totals are good 1st innings totals at this venue if the team has good bowling line-up.
Average first innings total at this venue (in last five matches): 160.40
T20 Match Results at this venue (in last five matches): 1st Batting side – 2 victories; 2nd Batting side – 3 victories.
T20 Blast 2020: Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC – Predicted Playing XI
Birmingham Bears: Dom Sibley, Sam Hain, Ian Bell, Adam Hose, Matt Lamb, Will Rhodes, Michael Burgess, Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel, Olly Stone, Olly Hannon-Dalby
Somerset CCC: James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Ed Byrom, Steven Davies, George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby, Jack Brooks, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Jamie Overton, Max Waller
T20 Blast 2020: Birmingham Bears vs Somerset CCC – Dream 11, Fantasy Tips
The seventh most run-scorer in the T20 Blast 2019 Sam Hain was the most run-scorer for his team in that season (459 runs in 12 matches; average 41.72). Adam Hose and opener Dom Sibley are the other crucial names in the batting line-up.
Young pacer Henry Brookes and former New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel are the big names in their bowling line-up. Both of them were much consistent in the last season.
The top two run-scorers in the last T20 Blast season, Pakistan’s Babar Azam and England’s Tom Banton are currently busy in international cricket. Tom Abell is another big name in their batting, who is available for this match. In the last T20 Blast season, he scored 354 runs (average 44.25), including hitting one century.
Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller, Craig Overton are some big names in their bowling line-up.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain: Sam Hain, Roelof van der Merwe
Vice-captain: Tom Abell, Dom Sibley
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket:
Wicket-keeper(s) – Steven Davies
Batsmen – Sam Hain (C), Adam Hose, Dom Sibley, Tom Abell
All-Rounder(s) – Will Rhodes, Roelof van der Merwe (vc)
Bowlers – Jeetan Patel, Henry Brooks Craig Overton, Max Waller