Leicestershire Foxes’ big fight against the Lancashire Lightning
Lancashire Lightning to win
It is the 7th game in the Vitality T20 Blast, 2021 and the Lancashire Lightning would be up against the Leicestershire Foxes at their home ground, The Old Trafford. The Lancashire Lightning had a good start to the season as they defeated the Derbyshire Falcons in the first game. The Foxes would be starting their season here and aim at opening their account with a win.
Lancashire Lightning would be confident after their great show with the bat in the last game. Their top order did well which is welcome news for any side. They have enjoyed good record against the Foxes at this venue and shall look to carry on with it. It remains to be seen if the Leicestershire Foxes are able to stand up to this challenge.
Dane Vilas would be happy with his side earning their first points of the season in their first game against the Derbyshire Falcons. It was a good show from their batsmen who showed positive intent in chasing down the big score. However, Vilas would be hoping to see better efforts from his bowlers in the next game.
Liam Livingstone made a statement with his knock in the last game and shall look to provide yet another positive start in company of Finn Allen. In the middle order Jos Buttler and Alex Davies would need to score quick runs. Vilas, Steven Croft and Luke Wood add solidity to this batting line-up with their hitting abilities.
The side would need tighter spells from Luke Wood and Richard Gleeson in the next game as both of them lead runs. Matthew Parkinson and Danny Lamb impressed with their economical spells and the same would be expected from them. Tom Harley also comes here with a confident frame of mind which is great for the side.
Dane Vilas (c), Liam Livingstone, Finn Allen, Alex Davies, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Croft, Luke Wood, Danny Lamb, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Matthew Parkinson
Colin Ackermann’s side had a mixed season in 2020 where they made it to the quarterfinals and had to sadly bow out after that tied game against the Notts Outlaws. He is leading a group of exciting players and shall look for a perfect start to the season. Ackermann would know that Lancashire are a tough side to beat and shall expect positive intent from his players.
Nick Welch and Josh Inglis would need to provide the side with an electrifying start in this game. In the middle order they have a tried and tested trio of Aaron Lilley, Ackermann and Harry Swindells and all of them had done well last season. Lewis Hill, Ben Mike and Scott Steel shall have to do the heavy lifting down the order.
On the bowling front the side would need early breakthroughs from Callum Parkinson and Ackermann in this game. Dieter Klein and Gavin Griffiths shall have to make good use of the conditions at this ground as they would be bowling against a very strong batting line-up.
Colin Ackermann (c), Nick Welch, Josh Inglis, Aaron Lilley, Harry Swindells (wk), Lewis Hill, Ben Mike, Scott Steel, Callum Parkinson, Dieter Klein, Gavin Griffiths
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||2.63 k/h||From: SSW||90%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||2.58 k/h||From: SSW||91%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||3.09 k/h||From: SSW||90%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||3.98 k/h||From: SW||81%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||4.36 k/h||From: SSW||89%|
|15h||22||0.31 mm.||5.6 k/h||From: SSW||90%|
|18h||20||1.57 mm.||5.09 k/h||From: SW||62%|
|21h||17||0.24 mm.||4.33 k/h||From: SSW||28%|
The skies over Manchester would see heavy cloud cover on June 11 and there is all likelihood of rain disruption. Batsmen would have to keep their eyes open on this as the ball is expected to do a lot. Any score over 160 runs can be defended here with good bowling.
Fast bowlers have always enjoyed bowling at Old Trafford with the average first innings score just over 140 runs. Batsmen need to get their eyes set in to do well on this track. Spinners do enjoy bowling here as the boundaries are deep and this offers them the ability to flight the ball.
It looked a good batting surface in the first game played here where the ball came on to the bat nicely. But there are rains forecast for the day and this would play in the minds of both the side and we expect the side winning the toss to invite the opposition to bat first in this game.
Leicestershire Foxes would aim for their first points of the season in this game. They have a good batting line-up but lack in the bowling department that is short of experience. Lancashire Lightning has got a good start with a win in their first game and this would make the camp confident. Playing in their home ground the Lightning would start favorites.
Lancashire Lightning to win