Vitality T20 Blast: Unbeaten teams and table toppers go head to head
Nottinghamshire favourites to win on flat wicket
The encounter between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire is deemed to be a clash of giants and rightly so. It is going to be fierce and one can expect a lot of fireworks. Leicestershire being the most successful team in the history of t20 blast has a lot to live up to. They didn’t fare too well last season, finishing at the bottom of the table and haven’t had too many chances to prove their mettle this season with all their games being washed away except one.
On the other hand, Notts had two of their games washed away too but they have won the other two in style. They’ll be riding high on confidence as so far they have looked invincible with strong performances from both their bowling and batting departments.
Both Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire come into the game with their respective previous games being washouts and will look to cement their places in the knock outs.
The start of the tournament has been phenomenal for Nottinghamshire with them having made no errors whatsoever so far. Even though two of their games were washed out, they won the other two quite emphatically.
They will bank on their top order which has fired in both the matches to help them secure good wins by chasing down humongous totals with complete ease. Chris Nash has been absolutely phenomenal with the bat scoring two consecutive fifties and giving solid starts to the side.
Even after they lost two quick wickets against Yorkshire, they never looked uncomfortable chasing 190, thanks to Chris Nash and Ben Duckett’s crucial partnership. In their game against Durham, it was a one man show as Joe Clarke dismantled their entire bowling attack on his way to his astonishing unbeaten hundred.
Among the bowlers, Luke Fletcher and Jake ball stood up to the occasion against Yorkshire with the former taking a five-wicket haul. Notts will look forward to extend their unbeaten run and will try to seal it’s knock out berth without any hiccups. It will expect both their batting and bowling departments to fire as they come in to the game against Leicestershire.
A Hales, C Nash, J Clarke, B Duckett, T Moores(wk), D Christian(c), S Mullaney, S Patel, L Fletcher, J Ball, M Carter.
Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Tom Moores, SI Wasim, Joe Clarke, Chris Nash, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Jake Ball, DT Christian, Luke Fletcher
Winning the title in 2004,2006 and 2011 makes Leicestershire the most successful side in the tournament. However, they have had two horrendous seasons back to back, finishing second last on the table in 2018 and at the bottom of the table in 2019.
Their campaign this season has been comparatively better with them winning their encounter against Durham by a comprehensive margin of 30 runs. All of their other encounters were washed off. The game against Durham shaw Gareth Delany and Arron Lilley share a record breaking second wicket partnership of 88 runs with Delany scoring his maiden t20 blast half century and Lilley scoring his career best of 69 runs.
Eyes will be on Callum Parkinson who picked up 3 crucial wickets with an economy of just under 6 runs. The bowlers did a great job at restricting Durham to a mere 147 runs and they will have to repeat the heroics if they were to win against Notts as their batting has looked flawless with them chasing down big totals with utmost ease.
Colin Ackermann (c), Lewis Hill (wk), Harry Dearden, Gareth Delany, Arron Lilley, Tom Taylor, Ben Mike, George Rhodes, Will Davis, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson
William Davis, Gareth Delany, Gavin Griffiths, George Rhodes, Tom Taylor, Callum Parkinson, Lewis Hill, Colin Ackermann, Arron Lilley, Harry Dearden, Ben Mike
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||4.44 k/h||From: WSW||80%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: WSW||93%|
|06h||12||0 mm.||3.89 k/h||From: WSW||96%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||5.37 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||5.83 k/h||From: WSW||97%|
|15h||15||0 mm.||6.36 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|18h||13||0.12 mm.||5 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|21h||12||0 mm.||5.12 k/h||From: WSW||67%|
The weather forecast doesn’t look too encouraging and the conditions are expected to be partially overcast with 67% humidity. The pitch doesn’t have a lot to offer to its bowlers and the team winning the toss would look to chase taking advantage of the overcast conditions. It is a small ground with short boundaries hence the clash is expected to be a run fest.
Trent Bridge is a renowned international venue and is known for the high totals amassed by the teams here. It was opened in 1841 and is home to Nottinghamshire.
As the weather seems gloomy, the team winning the toss would most likely look to chase and take advantage of the overcast conditions. It is a high scoring ground and teams batting second have had the upper hand so far.
It is a flat batting track with no treat for the bowlers and hence the team with a greater batting depth is expected to win.
Nottinghamshire has chased down two 180+ scores so far and their batting looks solid. They will also look forward to take advantage of their home conditions and thus they are expected to emerge victorious in this clash.
Nottinghamshire favourites to win on flat wicket