Nottinghamshire have now been involved in 3 tied matches this season.
Back Nottinghamshire to win this game.
Nottinghamshire are sitting pretty at the 2nd place in the North Group table right now. They have 5 wins and just 1 loss in 9 games and a healthy NRR of +0.844. The Notts now have a chance to upstage Yorkshire from the No.1 place in their next match as they take on bottom-ranked Leicestershire. The Leicestershire Foxes have had a terrible time this season and have managed only 3 wins along with 7 losses at a poor NRR of -0.096. It will take a herculean task for them to move up from this position and the challenge against Nottinghamshire only makes things tougher.
Nottinghamshire have been involved in 3 tied matches so far this season which is pretty incredible. Had even a couple of those games gone their way, they would have been in an even stronger position right now. Regardless, Nottinghamshire is doing well and are coming off a good 7-run win against Lancashire where they successfully defended a target of 174 runs.
Opener Alex Hales, who produced a sensational unbeaten 101 off 66 balls in the last match against Lancashire, has led the way for the team this year with 335 at a strike rate of 172. Fellow opener Joe Clarke has been the other impressive part of this batting unit and has 282 runs at an amazing strike rate of 197. Soloman Budinger and Ben Duckett provide solidity to the middle-order but they would expect a little more from Tom Moores.
Nottinghamshire’s bowling continues to impress. Matthew Carter, whose spell of 3-17 in the last match was a game-changer, has been their best with 13 wickets at an economy of 7.09. Jake Ball, despite being expensive at times, has already taken 12 wickets. And left-arm spinner Samit Patel has done a fantastic job at the start with an economy of just 6.42.
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Soloman Budinger, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney (c), Luke Fletcher, Matthew Carter, Calvin Harrison, Jake Ball
Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Peter Trego, Matthew Carter, Benjamin Slater, Lyndon James, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Calvin Harrison, Jake Ball, Luke Fletcher
Leicestershire looked to have gained momentum last week when they had registered 3 wins in a row. However, they slipped again after losing back-to-back matches against Worcestershire and Northamptonshire respectively. They could only manage 138 on being asked to bat first against the Northants in their last match and lost the encounter by 5 wickets.
Leicestershire’s batting has been pretty good, considering where they are currently. Openers Josh Inglis and Scott Steel have both got over 300 runs in the season already. Arron Lilley has done a fine job at No.3 with 259 runs at a strike rate of 148. But the likes of captain Colin Ackermann and Lewis Hill need to do much more.
Naveen-ul-Haq has been the team’s best bowler this season with 17 wickets at an economy of 8.60. He’s got good support from Callum Parkinson (13 wickets at 7.42) and Ackermann (9 wickets at 8.05). Gavin Griffiths has taken 10 wickets but his economy of 10.96 has hurt the team. Off-spinner Scott Steel has done a good containing job at the start with an economy of 6.21 and he will hope to continue that role in this big game.
Scott Steel, Josh Inglis (wk), Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (c), Rishi Patel, Lewis Hill, Harry Swindells, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths
Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Lewis Hill, Colin Ackermann, Scott Steel, Josh Inglis, Ben Mike, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Rishi Patel
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||2.2 k/h||From: N||75%|
|03h||10||0 mm.||1.7 k/h||From: NNW||78%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||2.53 k/h||From: N||87%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||3.43 k/h||From: N||100%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||2.48 k/h||From: N||83%|
|15h||21||0 mm.||1.54 k/h||From: NW||2%|
|18h||20||0 mm.||1.52 k/h||From: ENE||47%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.02 k/h||From: E||100%|
The pitch at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, is pretty great for batting. Seam bowlers should get some help at the start but spinners can do well here too as orthodox spinners have gone at an economy of less than 7.5 here.
The weather at Nottingham on the day of the game is expected to be partly cloudy but no rain is on the radar.
The average first innings score at Trent Bridge in the T20 Blast is 170 and the average first innings winning score here is 178. It’s a high-scoring venue and totals above 190 have been achieved 14 times here with the highest one being 229/5 by Birmingham Bears against Nottinghamshire this season.
Out of the 47 T20 matches played here, 28 have been won by the team batting first. So the captain winning the toss is likely to bat first.
In the last 5 matches between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, both the teams have won 2 games each while one was tied. Even though Leicestershire is at the bottom of the table right now, their batting is pretty solid and can turn the match for them. However, the Notts are looking strong in all departments. With the sizzling form of opener Alex Hales, they might be too hot to handle for Leicestershire right now.
Back Nottinghamshire to win this game.