Man of the Match: Colin Ackermann
Hosts Durham look for a turnaround against out of sorts Leicestershire
DURHAM will win the match
Durham are currently in the top half of the points table but they are having a torrid time in the past week with just a lone win out of their 4 outings. After a brilliant start to the season they are losing momentum at the crucial stage and will need to arrest the slide before they go down the pegging order in knockouts qualification. Leicestershire are in the bottom lace at their qualification depends on a lot of factors but is mathematically possible. They will hope to win their remaining matches and give themselves best shot in the qualification.
Durham top order fell like a pack of cards as they were struggling at 75/7 in 12 overs with 6 of their top 7 players being dismissed in single digits. Sean Dickson (40 runs), Matty Potts (40 runs), and Scott Borthwick (26 runs) brought some respectability to their innings but were never in contention in the chase.
Their bowling unit found it hard to pick a wicket in first 10 overs as the opposition scored 100+ runs. But they made a comeback to pick 5 wickets and reduce them to 173 runs in the next 10 overs. Ben Stokes picked 2 wickets while Ben Raine, Matty potts, and Jack Campbell chipped in with a wicket each in the match.
Top players to bet on:
Ben Stokes – Stokes has 95 runs at a strike rate of 125 with a high score of 35 runs and 7 wickets at an economy of 9 RPO so far. He is a world-class player and we expect him to play a big role in this crucial match.
Motty Potts – Motty Potts is their top wicket-taker with 13 wickets at an economy rate of 8.5 RPO this season. He had a good all-round match last game with bowling figures of 4-0-29-1 & 40 runs with the bat.
David Bedingham, Graham Clark, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft (c), Ben Raine, Scott Borthwick, Sean Dickson, Ned Eckersley (wk), Harry Crawshaw, Jack Campbell , Matty Potts
Jack Campbell, Brydon Carse, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft, Harry Crawshaw, Ned Eckersley, Matty Pots, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson
Leicestershire suffered back-to-back losses in last 2 matches as their batting line-up failed to put up a big score. Their top-4 players Josh Inglis (318 runs), Scott Steel (301 runs), Arron Lilley (259 runs), and Colin Ackermann (201 runs) have been amongst the runs but lack consistency across matches and their lower contribution have a big minus for classic finishes.
Their bowling unit has failed to perform well as unit together but had some individual brilliances. Callum Parkinson (13 wickets) and Naveen ul Haq (17 wickets) have been their chief wicket-takers this season. Colin Ackerrman (9 wickets) and Scott Steel (5 wickets) bowled pretty well to give runs at less than 8 RPO.
Top players to bet on:
Scott Steel – Steel is having a good all-round season with 301 runs at a strike rate of 11 & 5 wickets at an economy rate of 6.2 RPO so far. He must look to score runs at a quick rate and continue his effective bowling in the crucial times in this match.
Naveen Ul haq – Naveen has 17 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 8.6 RPO. He has been taking wickets consistently but must also look to strangle the run flow of the opposition in this match.
Scott Steel, Josh Inglis (wk), Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (c), Rishi Patel, Lewis Hill, Harry Swindells, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths
Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Lewis Hill, Colin Ackermann, Scott Steel, Josh Inglis, Ben Mike, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Rishi Patel
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||12||0 mm.||1.02 k/h||From: NNE||100%|
|03h||12||0 mm.||0.38 k/h||From: NNE||97%|
|06h||12||0 mm.||0.48 k/h||From: NW||83%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||1.32 k/h||From: SE||18%|
|12h||19||0.13 mm.||2.18 k/h||From: ESE||14%|
|15h||19||1.05 mm.||3.67 k/h||From: ESE||53%|
|18h||16||1.15 mm.||2.62 k/h||From: E||76%|
|21h||14||0.40 mm.||1.16 k/h||From: S||64%|
Chester-le-street will have dark and cloudy weather on the match day with 70-80% chances of rain. We expect the rain to make only an appearance in this match.
Chester-le-street has a good balance between the bat and ball with some early assistance for the bowlers. Batsmen will score runs easily if they can settle on this pitch. We expect the runs to be around 160-180 runs in this match.
Teams have failed to chase down targets in excess of 180 runs in this venue this season. The ball becomes slightly slower once it gets old in the second innings especially. We expect both captains to bat first at this venue.
Leicestershire’s top order has been scoring more runs when compared to other teams despite them being in the last position. Their bowling has been their biggest concern with runs being leaked in middle overs and death overs. Durham has an all-round good team when compared to Leicestershire owing to their better bowling attack composition. They also have home conditions and momentum to their aid in this crucial contest. We expect Durham to win this match.
DURHAM will win the match