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Tough challenge for Hawks against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge
Notts Outlaws to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are into the 2nd Quarterfinal of the Vitality T20 Blast 2021 and table toppers of the North Group, the Notts Outlaws would take on Hampshire Hawks at their home ground Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Outlaws have had a brilliant season where they have lost just two games. The Hawks on the other hand come here with five consecutive wins and this is likely to make the game interesting.
The Notts Outlaws have enjoyed good success at home where they have won the last six games this season. They have good knowledge of the conditions and this is likely to work to their advantage here. The Hawks have good strength in their batting line-up and considering the level of pressure both the sides would be under we expect to see a good contest in this game.
It has been a near perfect season for Steven Mullaney’s team as they topped the points table in the North Group with nine wins and two losses. The side has been good with the bat and their bowlers have also played complimentary roles. They have won the last six games at this venue and the side would like to ride this momentum and make it to the semifinal with a win in this game.
Batting looks strong at the top with Alex Hales and Joe Clarke opening the batting for the side. Both these players have made runs this season and the same would be expected from them. In the middle order Ben Duckett has cored runs and shall look to add quick runs with Tom Moores and Samit Patel. In Mullaney and Peter Trego they have good hitters of the ball down the order to take them to a big score.
The side would like to see a good start with the new ball from Luke Fletcher and Jake Ball as they have done well earlier in the season. Calvin Harrison has been among the top wicket takers, and he will look to do well in company of Peter Trego. Samit Patel and Dane Paterson add strength to the bowling attack, and they would look to take the side ahead of the finishing line.
Steven Mullaney (c), Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Tom Moores (wk), Peter Trego, Calvin Harrison, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball, Dane Paterson
James Vince’s side hasn’t had the best season and the side has failed to show consistency. They made a poor start but with five consecutive wins in the latter part of the season they managed to make it to the quarterfinals ahead of Surrey based on a better run rate. Vince would look for an inspired show from his players as they are up against a very strong team here.
They have a strong opening pair in James Vince and D’Arcy Short and the side would look for a good show from them here. In the middle order runs would be expected from Toby Albert, Joe Weatherley and Thomas Prest and the absence of Colin de Grandhomme is a big setback for the side. Lewis McManus and Kyle Abbott would look to do the big hitting for the side towards the end as they are up against a very good bowling attack.
The side would like to see a good start in the game from Chris Wood and Mason Crane as Outlaws have a very strong batting at the top. The side would also like to see good show from Bradley Wheal and Scott Currie who had impressed in earlier games. D’Arcy Short and Kyle Abbott add good depth to the bowling department and a good show would be expected from them.
James Vince (c), Chris Wood, D’Arcy Short, Toby Albert, Joe Weatherley, Thomas Prest, Kyle Abbott, Lewis McManus (wk), Scott Currie, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
The skies over Nottingham would be clear on August 25 and we hope to see batsmen enjoy playing their strokes. The wicket has been excellent for batting in recent games with the ball coming onto the bat nicely. The side that bats first would have to target a score in excess of 170 runs on this surface.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is one of the biggest grounds in UK. The outfield is fast, and this allows batsmen to play their strokes. There is good assistance for the fast bowlers at this venue as the ball swings and seams. Spinners have always found the conditions challenging at Trent Bridge as there isn’t much assistance for them from the surface.
We have seen several high scoring games here this season. The wicket hasn’t changed much in character in the second innings and sides have been able to chase down big scores. The side that wins the toss would like to take advantage of the early assistance for bowlers by opting to bowl first.
Hampshire Hawks would come into this game with confidence having won the last five games in a row. They made a turnaround from what had looked like a horrible tournament for them, but this will be a massive challenge. Notts Outlaws have dominated in this tournament. They have a very strong batting line-up and playing at home the side would start favorites in this game.
Notts Outlaws to win
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