Warwickshire are currently third on the points table with eight points and will go to the top of the table if they win the game as they are currently tied at the top with Durham Cricket and Worcestershire Rapids.
Steelbacks, on the other hand, are down at the eighth spot in the nine-team table but a win will level them on points with Warwickshire. Both the teams already face off earlier this season, with Warwickshire reigning supreme by 21 runs after putting 201 runs on the board.
Injury update There’s no injury update available from the match at the moment. Keep an eye on this space for updates before the match. Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali, however, is not part of the Warwickshire while Chris Woakes returned after England duty.
WAS vs NOR key players
WAS (Wicketkeepers: Alex Davies, Chris Benjamin) Skipper Alex Davies is getting good starts at the top but has failed to convert them into big knocks over the last three games. He has been in good form nevertheless. Chris Benjamin is entrusted with the finishing role but has fallen short mostly.
(Batters: Moeen Ali, Sam Hain, Paul Stirling, Robert Yates) Sam Hain is the star batter with knocks of 79* and 97* recently. Yates return to the opening role after Moeen Ali misfired in the position and the batter scored 21 after scoring 71 in the innings before.
(All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Dan Mousley, Chris Woakes, Ed Barnard) Glenn Maxwell is going through a lean patch post IPL and has struggled to pick wickets in Birmingham too. Dan Mousley and Ed Barnard, on the other hand, have been playing good cameos at high strike rates but haven’t been wicket-takers with the ball.
Chris Woakes return to the line-up in the last game after England duty and proved costly with a spell of 0/51. He contributed 23 runs with the bat.
(Bowlers: Danny Briggs, Jake Lintott, Henry Brookes, Craig Miles) Bowling has been a concern for Bears as Danny Briggs and Craig Miles have dropped form with two wickets since the duo took four-for five matches ago. Henry Brookes picked three wickets in the last three games while Jake Lintott is without a wicket in the last three games.
NOR (Wicketkeeper: Ricardo Vasconcelos, Lewis McNaus) South African opener Ricardo Vasconcelos has been in fine form with two half-centuries in the last four innings while McNaus has been crucial down the order with his cameos.
(Batter: Chris Lynn, Emilio Gay, Saif Zaib, Josh Cobb, James Sales) Both Chris Lynn and Saif Zaib have played big knocks recently with the former also scoring a century but their consistency has been a worry. Emilio Gay has been a new addition to the line-up and made the most of it with a half-century in the last game. Josh Cob and James Sales haven’t made significant contributions yet.
(All-rounders: David Willey, Tom Taylor) Skipper David Willey has been playing 20-30 run knocks in the middle-order and has picked five wickets in as many games. Tom Taylor’s bowling form has dropped with just a wicket in four games.
(Bowlers: Andrew Tye, Freddie Heldreich, Ben Sanderson) Sanderson and Andrew Tye were bit expensive in the last game but both have been in good form with six and eight wickets in the last five games. Chinaman Freddie Heldreich has been the strike bowler with 10 wickets in five games.
WAS vs NOR predicted playing 11
WAS predicted playing 11 Robert Yates, Moeen Ali, Alex Davies (c & wk), Sam Hain, Chris Benjamin, Dan Mousley, Chris Woakes, Henry Brookes, Craig Miles, Danny Briggs, Jake Lintott
NOR predicted playing 11 Emilio Gay, Chris Lynn, David Willey (c), Josh Cobb, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, Andrew Tye, James Sales, Ben Sanderson, Freddie Heldreich
WAS vs NOR pitch report
The Birmingham pitch has been conducive for batting as 200-plus runs are scored on a regular basis. Both seamers and spinners have struggled to take wickets on it.
WAS vs NOR Dream11 prediction
WAS vs NOR Dream11 Prediction lineup
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