The Central Group match of the T20 Blast 2020 is all set to be played between Somerset and Warwickshire at the The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. This match is scheduled to start at 6:30 PM Local Time (11:00 PM IST).
Somerset and Warwickshire will face-off in around 4 fours from now on in the Central Group match in the ongoing T20 Blast. Somerset, the hosts, have won both their previous matches and will be keen on completing a hat-trick of their victories tonight. They defeated Glamorgan comfortably by eight wickets in their previous match in Taunton.
The Warwickshire, on the other hand, have lost their last two matches. Gloucestershire breezed past them by 57 runs while Northamptonshire defeated them by 38 runs. As far as the head to head battles are concerned, Somerset has emerged victorious in all three previous matches.
The surface at the Cooper Associates County Ground has been a batting beauty. Chasing is generally favoured here and the team winning the toss is expected to bowl first.
Average 1st innings score: 174 (Last 5 matches considered)
Record of Chasing Teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Babar Azam, Steven Davies (wk), James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory (c), Edward Byrom, Ben Green, Josh Davey, Ollie Sale, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller
Bench: Dom Bess, George Bartlett, Tom Lammonby
Ed Pollock, Sam Hain, Dan Mousley, Adam Hose, Michael Burgess (wk), Will Rhodes (c), Tim Bresnan, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone, Jake Lintott, Jeetan Patel
Bench – Liam Norwell, Ian Bell, Rob Yates
Babar Azam has a brilliant record in Taunton. In last two years, he has batted in six innings at the venue and has amassed runs at an average of 48.8 and a strike-rate of 150.25. He is in great form too coming off a decent series against England.
Lewis Gregory might have started playing for England recently, but he is the heart of Somerset XI and is the captain of the team as well. He has played two matches at this ground and has picked five wickets. Gregory is an useful batsman down the order as well.
Josh Davey is in red hot form with the ball having picked six wickets so far in two matches for Somerset. He will be key once again in this game.
Warwickshire are simply not looking in good touch this season. They will be hesitant to chase at this venue as well considering their previous two matches. Moreover, Somerset are in excellent form with top international players taking the field for them. Expect it to be an easy win for the Lewis Gregory-led side.
Our Prediction: Somerset are expected to win this match.
Best Bet:Somerset to win the match @1.48 at 10Cric - 12 Units
Value Bet: Josh Davey to be home team top bowler @5.00 at comeon! – 8 Units