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Hampshire vs Somerset, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021, Today Match Prediction

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham

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Hampshire, Somerset lock horns for a place in the final

  • Hampshire registered a close win over Nottinghamshire in second quarterfinal game played on Thursday.
  • Liam Dawson, Scott Currie and Tom Prest put in decent performances for Hampshire in the knockout match played at Nottingham.
  • Somerset registered a comfortable win over Lancashire in the third quarterfinal game played at Taunton.

Expect Somerset to beat Hampshire and qualify for the finals of Vitality T20 Blast competition.

Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham | Toss: To Bowl

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Hampshire and Somerset will lock horns in the first semifinal game of 2021 Vitality T20 Blast competition played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

In the 2nd Quarterfinal game, Hampshire managed to eke out a close win over Nottinghamshire, courtesy splendid performances from Tom Prest, James Fuller and Liam Dawson. Captain James Vince will be hoping that the side can raise their game with bat and ball in this semifinal game.

On the other hand, Somerset registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Lancashire, courtesy Roelof van der Merwe, Will Smeed, Tom Abell and Tom Lammonby. Captain Lewis Gregory will be hoping that the side can deliver a strong show in this knockout match.

Hampshire Preview

Captain James Vince will need to lead from the front with the bat and deliver a notable score against Somerset.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the in-form trio of D’Arcy Short, James Vince and Joe Weatherly to deliver the bulk of the runs.

With 371 runs in 11 outings at a strike rate of 138.43, James Vince is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer in the competition.

In the quarterfinal game, Tom Prest played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 44 runs off 34 balls with the help of three fours and one six. He was well supported by James Fuller, who chipped in with 30 runs off 24 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Scott Currie, Bradley Wheal, Chris Wood and Mason Crane to provide timely breakthroughs.

Hampshire Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Prest, D Arcy Short, James Vince (c), Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (wk), James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Scott Currie, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal

Somerset Preview

Skipper Lewis Gregory will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with bat and ball against Hampshire.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of wicket-keeper Tom Banton, Tom Lammonby, Will Smeed, Tom Abell and James Hildreth to deliver the bulk of the runs in this semifinal match.

With 327 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 134.56, Will Smeed is currently franchise’s leading run-scorer in the competition.

In the quarterfinal match, Will Smeed got the side off to an excellent start and scored 44 runs off 33 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes.

Besides Smeed, Tom Abell was the standout performer with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 78 not out off 45 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes. He was well supported by Tom Lammonby, who chipped in with unbeaten 47 off 28 balls with the help of two boundaries and three sixes.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Josh Davey, Roelof van der Merwe, Merchant de Lange and Tom Lammonby to deliver timely breakthroughs.

Somerset Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Banton (wk), Will Smeed, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory (c), Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey

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W. direction
Clouds
00h
23
5.92 mm.
2.14 k/h
From: S
62%
03h
22
0.83 mm.
2.39 k/h
From: SSE
100%
06h
21
0.28 mm.
1.33 k/h
From: SE
100%
09h
21
1.29 mm.
1.2 k/h
From: SE
100%
12h
21
2.50 mm.
1.24 k/h
From: SE
100%
15h
21
1.91 mm.
0.98 k/h
From: SE
100%
18h
21
1.99 mm.
0.87 k/h
From: ESE
100%
21h
22
0.34 mm.
1.48 k/h
From: E
100%

Weather Conditions

With light rains showers expected for Saturday, the wicket prepared for the game is going to provide some help to the quick bowlers.

Venue Details

Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham is going to host the 1st semifinal game between Hampshire and Somerset.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposition to less than 150 runs. Average first innings score at Edgbaston is going to be around 160 to 170 runs.

Based on current form, Somerset will fancy their chances of beating Hampshire in this contest. With the likes of Will Smeed, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby and James Hildreth in decent touch with the bat, Somerset batting is stronger in comparison to Hampshire, who rely heavily on James Vince and Joe Weatherly to deliver the bulk of the runs.

Expect Somerset to beat Hampshire and qualify for the finals of Vitality T20 Blast competition.

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Author: Shoaib Z.