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An in-form Sussex out to dominate Durham
Our prediction is for Sussex to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: Riverside Ground | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Durham is back to Chester-le-Street for their 3rd and last home game of the season. So far, they’ve lost on both occasions they played a Royal London One-Day Cup match here. Durham came very close to a win in their last match at this venue where they scored 361-8 while chasing a target of 368 runs.
Sussex will be eyeing a comfortable win and consolidate their position in the points table even further. This will be a crucial match for Sussex not only from the points perspective but also to gain momentum on their way to the finals. Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara scored his career-best figures of 176 runs in their last match against Surrey. Sussex registered a massive win of 216 runs as the bowlers also joined the party to completely outperform the opposition.
Durham are coming into this game with two back-to-back losses. However, the performances post their first win haven’t been weak. They were close to victory on both of these occasions, losing out only by a narrow margin.
Even when they were bowled out for 226 runs in their last match against Nottinghamshire, the bowlers gave Durham a fighting chance picking up 8 wickets while defending a low total.
Liam Trevaskis is our pick of all-rounders from Durham to watch out for in this game. In a low-scoring match, the 23-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler scored unbeaten 59 runs at number 5 and then finished with figures of 2 for 25 from 10 overs. Trevaskis has scored 146 runs in his last 3 innings and picked 4 wickets. Skipper Borthwick and Nic Maddinson are other key players in the Durham middle-order.
Batters like Alex Lees and Michael Jones can make a great impact on the total and Durham can think of bringing them back to the playing XI. The batting lineup is deep with Paul Coughlin and Tomas Mackintosh coming in at number 7 and 8. While there aren’t many consistent bowlers in the Durham setup, it is a challenging task to bowl well at this venue and when you’re up against an in-form Sussex, there will be even less margin for error.
Graham Clark, Nic Maddinson, Scott Borthwick (c), Michael Jones, Liam Trevaskis, Paul Coughlin, Tomas Mackintosh (wk), George Drissell, Mitchell Killeen, Oliver Gibson, Chris Rushworth
Sussex will look to improve their record at away venues. All of their 3 wins have come at home this season while they lost both of their away games so far. For an in-form batting lineup, the pitch at Riverside Ground will be an invitation to carry their momentum forward and continue their dominance.
However, Pujara needs to be well aware of the kind of cricket Durham has played of late. Even in their losses, Durham were impressive and resilient. Sussex have excelled in every department and have many match-winners in their squad. This eases the pressure off some of the key players.
Aristides Karvelas, Delray Rawlins, and Henry Crocombe are all in great touch and have time and again unsettled the opposition with their bowling. These will be the key frontline bowlers to watch out for in the Sussex setup. Along with Pujara, Sussex have got Ali Orr, Tom Clark, and Tom Alsop in the batting lineup all of whom have proved their abilities this season. Rawlins and D Ibrahim can be handy lower down the order and make some crucial contributions in the death overs.
Ali Orr, Harrison Ward, Tom Clark, Cheteshwar Pujara (c), Tom Alsop (wk), Delray Rawlins, Danial Ibrahim, Aristides Karvelas, James Coles, Henry Crocombe, Bradley Currie
Showers are expected in Chester-le-Street on matchday and the temperature would be below 20 degrees Celsius. The pitch offers movement and carry for fast bowlers and is a good track to bat on.
Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street is the venue for this match and has an average 1st innings total of 264 runs. Teams batting first have won 3 of the 4 Royal London One-Day Cup matches played here.
The overhead conditions and the movement off the pitch for fast bowlers would make the first hour and half of the game challenging for the batters. Both teams have depth in their batting and a few early wickets would not affect the overall picture. We reckon the team to win the toss will choose to bat first.
The hosts have a deep batting lineup and have played some impressive cricket of late. The visitors, on the other hand, have the momentum on their side along with some exceptional and in-form players in both departments. There are not many consistent and reliable batters in the home team and that is one of the reasons they aren’t our favourites to win this game. We predict the match to be a close-fought one with Sussex emerging as the winner.
Our prediction is for Sussex to win
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