Our prediction is Nottinghamshire will win the match!
Nottinghamshire is having a brilliant tournament so far and has already registered two wins out of the two matches they have played. Their batting has been in scintillating form and they have scored at run rate over 7 RPO in both the matches. Joe Clarke is the lone centurion so far in their campaign and his innings helped his team post a huge total of 417 runs. Ben Slater, Tom Moores and Steven Mullaly has been scoring consistently and also in a healthy strike rate helping them post some high scores.
Their bowlers came back strongly last match to restrict Derbyshire to below 300 after conceding over 400 runs against Lancashire. James Pattinson and Luke Fletcher have taken five-wicket hauls and are bowling with good pace and rhythm. Jake Ball and Samit Patil need to provide much needed support by bowling with good control and accuracy.
Warwickshire are yet to win a match this season after two matches and they have lost one and other match ended as a tie. They had a demoralizing loss by 194 runs against Northamptonshire the last match. They were beaten convincingly in all facets of the game. Tim Ambrose has been the lone half-centurion with a score of 77 runs. Liam Banks, Will Rhodes and Sam Hain have got starts of 30s and 40s but are not converting them into fifties and hundreds.
Chris Woakes had an excellent first match and is expected to come back into the playing XI this match. Henry Brookes and Jeetan Patel were good in some parts of the game but they had no support from another end. Their bowling unit needs to stand up as a pack and strangle the opposition with disciplined bowling.
Will Rhodes – Will Rhodes has scores of 30 & 43 in the two matches played so far and he looks in good touch and form. A big score is pretty near and he can score at a good strike rate too.
Jeetan Patel – Skipper Patel has bowled well in patches and has taken four wickets and given runs at an economy of less than 6 RPO in both the matches despite being high scoring matches.
Jeetan Patel (c), Tim Ambrose (wk), Craig Miles, Sam Hain, Dominic Sibley, Will Rhodes, Henry Brookes, George Panayi/ Chris Woakes, Liam Banks, Ed Pollock, Alex Thomson
Tom Moores – Tom Moores has been striking the ball cleanly and is batting with the utmost ease. He was scoring 50+ scores at a strike rate over 150 and helping his team post a big total first match and played sensibly at a strike rate of 110 to chase down the total in second match.
Luke Fletcher – Fletcher took a five-wicket haul of 5/56 last match and helped to bowl out opposition for 299 runs. He played an aggressive knock of 46 runs off just 17 balls in the first match and his all-round brilliance is helping the team.
Samit Patel, James Pattinson, Luke Fletcher, Steven Mullaney (c), Ben Slater, Jake Ball, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Jake Libby, Matthew Carter, Tom Moores (wk)
Birmingham is one of the rare grounds where there is balance between bat and ball in England currently. Last match score of 270 runs ended as a tie and any score above 300 runs will be tough to chase. There will something for both the batsmen and bowlers in this surface. Birmingham is having a good breezy and sunny climate and no interruptions may come in the way of the match.
Almost 80% teams winning the toss are choosing to chase the target nowadays and the conditions inclined towards batting further favors the move. Expect both captains to field first.
Nottinghamshire team is looking in good form and has won the two matches they played and they have a well-settled batting and bowling line-up. Warwickshire are struggling with their batting combination and are not in good form so we expect Nottinghamshire to win this contest.
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