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Leicestershire vs Kent, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

Grace Road, Leicester

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The team batting first will have an advantage in the first Quarter- Final.

  • Wiaan Mulder has scored over 400 runs this season with 1 hundred and 4 fifties.
  • Kent will need to be wary of Leicestershire’s new ball bowlers.
  • Kent’s leading run-getter Oliver Robinson was dismissed for a duck in the previous match.

Back Leicestershire to emerge as the winners of the first quarter-final.

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: Grace Road, Leicester | Toss: To Bat

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We are finally at the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup 2022. Leicestershire will take on Kent in the first Quarter-Final at Uptonsteel County Ground. Leicestershire had finished 2nd in Group B while Kent had finished 3rd in Group B. Both the teams are coming off victories in their previous games and will be confident of their chances. Playing at home, Leicestershire will have a slight edge.

Leicestershire Preview

Leicestershire ended their group stage run with a two-wicket win over Durham. In a low-scoring match, Leicestershire lost 8 wickets while chasing a target of 198 but still got there with 22 balls to spare.

Leicestershire’s batting has been their main strength this season. Wiaan Mulder is amongst the season’s highest run-getters with 452 runs in 8 innings at a brilliant average of 90.40. The other consistent batter for the team has been Louis Kimber who has amassed 360 runs in 8 innings at an average of 45. The form of their openers, Nick Welch and Rishi Patel, is a worry.

On the bowling front, new ball bowlers Chris Wright (15 wickets at an economy of 8.76) and Beuran Hendricks (15 wickets at 4.77) have been excellent for Leicestershire. They have been economical and regularly take wickets at the start. Mulder has had a great season with the ball as well, picking up 13 wickets with his medium pace at an economy of 4.84.
 

Leicestershire Predicted Playing XI:

Nick Welch, Rishi Patel, Louis Kimber, Lewis Hill (c), Wiaan Mulder, Harry Swindells (wk), Scott Steel, Arron Lilley, Edward Barnes, Beuran Hendricks, Chris Wright

Kent Preview

Kent is coming into the quarter-finals with two consecutive wins and will hence be riding high on confidence. In their last group match, Kent chased down a target of 296 with just 1 ball to spare and 2 wickets remaining. Alex Blake top-scored with a solid knock of 81 off 78 balls. His form is a good sign for the team.

Kent’s primary run-getters this year are Oliver Robinson (369 runs in 7 innings at an average of 61.50) and opener Ben Compton (322 runs in 7 matches at 46). Both the batters were dismissed for single digits in the previous game and would need to up their ante in the knockouts. 

Kent’s bowling has revolved around off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri who has taken 12 wickets in 7 innings at an economy of 5.84. New ball bowler Nathan Gilchrist has picked up 7 wickets but has been expensive, going at an economy of 6.74.
 

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Joey Evison, Ben Compton, Oliver Robinson (wk), Joe Denly (c), Alex Blake, Darren Stevens, Harry Finch, Grant Stewart, Hamidullah Qadri, Harry Podmore, Nathan Gilchrist

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
12
0 mm.
1.73 k/h
From: NW
1%
03h
13
0 mm.
0.67 k/h
From: WNW
9%
06h
13
0 mm.
0.62 k/h
From: WSW
22%
09h
16
0 mm.
1.37 k/h
From: SW
46%
12h
21
0 mm.
1.89 k/h
From: W
39%
15h
21
0 mm.
3.74 k/h
From: WNW
59%
18h
18
0 mm.
2.06 k/h
From: NW
79%
21h
17
0 mm.
1.89 k/h
From: NE
100%

Weather Conditions

The pitch at Grace Road, Leicester is good for batting but also offers help to the seamers. Spinners will have a role to play during the middle overs. The team batting first will have an advantage as the wicket does tend to slow down a bit by the second half.

The weather in Leicester on the day of the match will be pleasant with clouds and sun.
 

Venue Details

Of the 4 matches played at Grace Road, Leicester this season, the highest total has been Leicestershire’s 338-8 against Warwickshire. The team batting first in this match will be looking to set a target of around 280-300 runs.

Toss: To Bat

The captain winning the toss is likely to bat first as this is a knockout game and chasing might be a risky option. Also, of the 4 matches played at this venue this season, 3 have been won by the team batting first.

Leicestershire has got a solid all-round team this year. They lost just 2 matches in the group stage and playing at home, they will begin as favorites for this clash. Kent’s best chance is if their batting unit fires. However, their bowling hasn’t been the best and tends to leak runs. A strong batting unit like Leicestershire’s is likely to dominate them.

Back Leicestershire to emerge as the winners of the first quarter-final.

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