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Gloucestershire vs Lancashire, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021, Today Match Prediction

County Ground, Bristol

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Gloucestershire, Lancashire lock horns in Royal London Cup

  • Both the teams recently qualified for the playoffs of the T20 competition and would be keen to well in Royal London Cup
  • Captain Chris Dent and Benny Howell have been standout performer for Gloucestershire this season.
  • Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood will be key players for the side.

Expect Gloucestershire to register a comfortable win over Lancashire

Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: County Ground, Bristol | Toss: To Bowl

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Following a pause in 2020, thanks to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Royal London Cup has returned to the domestic schedule this summer. Somerset is the defending champions, courtesy of their triumph over Hampshire at Lord's in the last edition of the tournament.

Gloucestershire, who was defeated by Surrey in the Blast semi-final last season, suffered another potentially ruinous T20 defeat against them in their recent match-up, with Surrey claiming a comfortable seven-wicket win. This match has left leaving both counties with a quarter-final place hanging in the balance heading into their final South Group match of the season.

Gloucestershire could have clinched a place in the final eight with a win, while Surrey needed to win an early encounter to keep their Blast campaign alive. The Glosters' total of 177 for 9 was a modest one, but Surrey won by eight wickets with 10 balls to spare.

On the other hand, Lancashire finished the league stage of the Royal London One-day Cup 2019 with 10 points after winning 5 and losing 3 of their 8 matches. Lancashire was defeated by 4 wickets in the first semi-final.

In the most recent Royal London One-day Cup, SJ Croft scored 516 runs for Lancashire at an average of 73 and a strike rate of 94. At 62, Dane Vilas also scored 439 runs. In 2019, Saqib Mahmood took 28 wickets for Lancashire at an average of 18 and a 5.42 economy rate. This year, both teams will try to cross their first hurdle by defeating each other. Let’s check out who has got a better chance.

 

Gloucestershire Preview

Gloucestershire enjoys a strong line-up of all-rounders and batsmen. In 2019, James Bracey had a breakout year, keeping wicket and scoring the most runs in both One-Day and T20 events. Ben Charlesworth, who broke into the first team in August 2018, has demonstrated to Gloucestershire supporters that he has a lot of potential in the short time he has been on the pitch. In 11 First-class games, he has three half-centuries, with his top score of 77 coming against Middlesex in 2018 and Northamptonshire on the final day of the 2019 season.

After impressing in the Academy Plus program, Harry made his first-class debut with Gloucestershire on Thursday 11 April 2019. He made his debut against Oxford MCCU in the penultimate preseason match before the County Championship began, picking up his first wicket and five maidens on route to a 1.43 economy rate.

Gloucestershire Predicted Playing XI:

James Bracey, Ben Charlesworth, Ian Cockbain, Chris Dent, Dominic Goodman, Miles Hammond, George Hankins, Harry Hankins, Ryan Higgins, Benny Howell, Tom Lace

Lancashire Preview

On paper, Lancashire is a better team on any given day, with such a strong line-up consisting of international players. With Jos Butler behind the wickets and probably an opener, as well as James Anderson in the bowling attack, the visitors will give a tough fight to a young host side. Steven Croft, who is all set to play his 18th season with Lancashire, will also bring immense experience to the field.

Lancashire Predicted Playing XI:

James Anderson, Tom Bailey, Jos Butler, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas, Danny Lamb

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2.29 k/h
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57%
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Weather Conditions

However, there’s no reason to underestimate the visitors, given their squad strength. We will discuss their respective squads in a moment, but before that let’s check out what can be expected from Bristol’s pitch. The pitch is decent and can be favorable to spinners. Difficult circumstances can arise, nevertheless, if weather intervenes.

Venue Details

The match between Gloucestershire and Lancashire will be played at the former’s home ground, also known as The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground. Therefore, Gloucester is in for some benefits on the match day.

Toss: To Bowl

The side that wins the toss, would be looking the bat first and post a score in excess of 300 runs.

Considering all the factors including each team’s squad strength, experience, and pitch conditions, the team that will bat first and scores a mammoth total would have a better chance to put some pressure on their opponents. However, with the ground being comparably small and not much on the pitch for pacers, both innings might witness 300+ runs being scored. From all perspectives, it seems Lancashire will win the game. Their past record against Gloucestershire is spectacular, and they will aim to continue their dream run and bag valuable away-game points.

Expect Gloucestershire to register a comfortable win over Lancashire

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Author: Shoaib Z.