Vitality Blast T20: Confident teams look to extend momentum
Nottinghamshire to win!
The first clash between the two sides was touted to be a powerhouse battle, even if Yorkshire are missing key players due to national duties. They still have some serious firepower and with Joe Root also available, the batting is definitely looking rounded.
Derbyshire found it the hard way after being belted around the park. While Root’s tenure is uncertain with the Australia series coming up, the Yorks certainly seem to have got a massive boost after the last game. And it’s come at the right time because facing Nottinghamshire will be an uphill battle, given their batting arsenal and the experience they have in their ranks. They are also riding high after swatting aside Durham, chasing a 180-plus target in approximately 17 overs and it was clearly a statement being made.
Yorkshire too racked up a total of 220 in their previous fixture and with Trent Bridge being known for being a run fest, we could see another batting showdown. Which means of course that it’s the bowling that will decide the eventual outcome of the game.
Adam Lyth and Joe Root were at the forefront of Yorkshire’s batting masterclass against Derbyshire, both registering rapid 60-plus scores that laid the foundation for the late assault from Will Fraine who smashed 44 at a SR of 275.
Despite missing Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, David Willey and Adil Rashid, the Yorks still looked like a team with massive self-belief and it’s now about whether they can maintain this against the stronger sides consistently.
Skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore failed but he is always due for a big score and a tough opponent might just be the occasion for the opener to come to the party. Root will continue to be an asset in this depleted line-up and his role once again will be to control the innings in a way only he can.
The bowling had an easy outing against Derbyshire but that was largely due to the cushion of a daunting total posted by their batsmen. Against a more challenging batting line-up in the Notts, the Yorks’ bowling will have their task cut out. Particularly when you factor in the extremely batting-friendly conditions that prevail at Trent Bridge.
They would ideally want to chase, as that would give the bowlers some leeway but either ways, they would have to come out with clear-cut plans against the marauding batting unit of the Notts.
A Lyth, T Kohler-Cadmore(c), J Root, J Tattersall(wk), W Fraine, H Brook, J Thompson, M Fisher, G Hill, J Poysden, M Pillans
Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Tom Moores, Matthew Carter, Joe Clarke, Chris Nash, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Jake Ball, DT Christian, Luke Fletcher
The fact that they chased down a competitive total with effortless ease, and without Alex Hales doing anything substantial, tells you how dangerous Nottinghamshire’s batting unit is.
Hales’ opening partner Chris Nash was in unstoppable form, whacking the ball around with aplomb although it was Joe Clarke who stole the thunder with stunning 44-ball hundred. The duo made a mockery of the run chase as the Notts chased 180-plus down with 22 balls to spare.
Their batting continues to be their biggest strength and it’s also the depth in powerhitting that’s intimidating for the opponents. Ben Duckett, Dan Christian and Tom Moores are all dangerous customers with the bat in hand while Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney come late down order, proving that it’s a never-ending ammunition system in the batting.
The Notts should love their home conditions at Trent Bridge where a plethora of high-scoring games have happened in recent times.
The bowling isn’t as sharp with a lot of all-rounders in the mix and Harry Gurney’s exit has also dented them but the experience in the camp coupled with the confidence in the batting department means that the Notts have their bases covered. Particularly at home.
A Hales, C Nash, J Clarke, B Duckett, T Moores(wk), D Christian(c), S Mullaney, S Patel, L Fletcher, J Ball, M Carter.
Matthew Fisher, MW Pillans, Joe Root, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, George Hill, Jonathan Tattersall, Josh Poysden, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||0.79 k/h||From: NE||88%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||0.22 k/h||From: SSE||89%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||0.75 k/h||From: ENE||88%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||1.03 k/h||From: ESE||58%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||1.72 k/h||From: SW||41%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||1.57 k/h||From: SW||94%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||0.84 k/h||From: WSW||96%|
|21h||14||0 mm.||1.05 k/h||From: SW||100%|
The forecast for match day is encouraging with no rain predicted. It shall still be a partially-cloudy and partially overcast day. As for the pitch, Trent Bridge these days is synonymous with run-scoring and for a good reason. The world record ODI score of 481 was posted by England at this same ground which has shorter dimensions in white-ball cricket and the true nature of the pitch means that it’s a gala time for the batsmen.
Trent Bridge is a revered Test venue and in recent years also become popular in limited-overs cricket owing to the tall scores produced at the venue.
As no rain is forecast, it seems a track where teams would want to chase. There is a lot of runs to be made and it could be difficult to judge how much is a good score. Chasing then becomes the best option.
On a batting deck, it’s almost always the team with best batting depth that wins the day. Both teams have fab top-orders but the Notts bat really deep and given that they are also an experienced side, we’re expecting them to come out on top in this clash.
Nottinghamshire to win!