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Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, free match prediction 18 Sep 2020

18 Sep 2020 | 23:00 | Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England
179/6 in 20.0 8.95
163/8 in 20.0 8.15

Toss Winner - Warwickshire won the toss and chose to bat first

winner Warwickshire beat Worcestershire by 16 runs

Birmingham Bears’ challenge to grab quarterfinal berth with a win 

  • Birmingham Bears play at home and they have better knowledge of the conditions which gives them the edge
  • Worcestershire Rapids have won just two games so far in the season and have struggled with their form
  • Worcestershire Rapids’ bowling attack has had a poor season and they have conceded more than 150 run in last six games

Birmingham Bears to win

  • Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2020
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, England
  • Toss: To Bat

VITALITY T20 BLAST 2020

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Nottinghamshire 8 6 0 0 2 14 1.714
Lancashire 8 5 1 0 1 12 0.497
Durham 8 3 4 0 1 7 0.136
Leicestershire 8 2 3 0 2 7 -0.52
Yorkshire 9 2 5 0 2 6 0.311
Derbyshire 9 1 6 0 2 4 -1.786
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
14 1.714 8 6 0 0 2
12 0.497 8 5 1 0 1
7 0.136 8 3 4 0 1
7 -0.52 8 2 3 0 2
6 0.311 9 2 5 0 2
4 -1.786 9 1 6 0 2
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Match Preview

As Birmingham Bears play Worcestershire Rapids at their home ground Edgbaston in the next game of the Central Group in the T20 Blast 2020, it will be a very important game for the hosts. Bears need to win this one to open up their chances of making it to the next round while for the Worcestershire Rapids it will be all about playing for pride as they are down at the bottom of the points table and have lost all hopes of making it to the next round.    

Worcestershire Rapids registered a win in their last game which will fill them with confidence in what has otherwise been a very bad season for the side. Birmingham Bears lost the last game and have seen a mixed season where they have been occasionally brilliant and player poorly in other games. They had defeated the Rapids in the earlier game this season and shall be carrying this confidence into the next game. 

Teams Preview

Warwickshire Preview

It was a below par performance from Will Rhodes’ side in the previous game against Gloucestershire where they went down by 50 runs owning to poor show from their batsmen. The side will need to win this game to improve its chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals. They had defeated the Rapids earlier in the season and Rhodes would like his men to draw inspiration from that win.  

The side would be looking for a good start from Robert Yates and Dominic Sibley in this game after their failure in the last few games. In the middle order Adam Hose, Sam Hain and Rhodes have scored runs in previous games and make the batting look strong. In Tim Bresnan and Michael Burgess they have good hitters of the ball down the order and these players will look to do well in this game. 

Their bowlers haven’t enjoyed great success so far in the season and as the tournament enters its most important phase the side would be expecting better show with the ball from Tim Bresnan and Jeetan Patel. Both of them are highly experienced players. Olly Stone has bowled well and he will look to keep the scoring rate under check alongside Henry Brookes, Rhodes and Jacob Lintott.

Warwickshire Predicted Playing XI:

Will Rhodes (c), Dominic Sibley, Robert Yates, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone, Jacob Lintott, Jeetan Patel

Warwickshire Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2020

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
S Hain 43 34 3 1 126.47
M Burgess 17 16 0 1 106.25
R Yates 15 12 3 0 125
Bowlers O M R W Econ
O Stone 4.0 0 31 2 7.75
H Brookes 4.0 0 48 2 12
J Patel 4.0 0 35 1 8.75
Bowlers O M R W Econ
O Stone 4.0 0 31 2 7.75
H Brookes 4.0 0 48 2 12
J Patel 4.0 0 35 1 8.75

Warwickshire Actual Playing XI:

Michael Burgess, Tim Bresnan, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Robert Yates, Jacob Lintott, Dan Mousley, Will Rhodes, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone

Worcestershire Preview

Ed Barnard would be happy with the 8-run win his side achieved against Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the last game. It was one of the rare positive moments for the side in what has been an extremely poor season for them. The side would be looking to play for pride and carry the momentum into the next game.  

Their batting has been good in most games this season and openers Hamish Rutherford and Jack Haynes come into this game with runs in the previous game. Jake Libby, Ben Cox and D’Oliveira have also scored runs this season in the middle order. Ross Whiteley, Barnard and Daryl Mitchell down the order add firepower to this batting line-up and the side would be expecting quick runs from them in this game. 

The form of their bowling attack can be summarized from the fact that they have conceded more than 150 runs in their last six games. The side would be expecting a good show with the new ball from Charlie Morris and Dillon Pennington with the new ball. Barnard bowled well in the last game and shall look to do well again. The side would like to see better efforts from Patrick Brown in this game. 

Worcestershire Predicted Playing XI:

Ed Barnard (c), Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett DOliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris

Worcestershire Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2020

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
H Rutherford 62 37 6 3 167.57
J Haynes 28 19 4 0 147.37
B D Oliveira 24 17 2 0 141.18
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 44 2 11
E Barnard 4.0 0 15 2 3.75
B D Oliveira 2.0 0 11 1 5.5
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 44 2 11
E Barnard 4.0 0 15 2 3.75
B D Oliveira 2.0 0 11 1 5.5

Worcestershire Actual Playing XI:

Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 27 0 mm. 4.47 k/h From: NNW 60%
03h 24 0 mm. 4.17 k/h From: N 87%
06h 22 0 mm. 3.38 k/h From: N 96%
09h 20 0 mm. 2.67 k/h From: N 99%
12h 19 0 mm. 2.77 k/h From: N 99%
15h 23 0 mm. 3.48 k/h From: N 100%
18h 27 0 mm. 3.96 k/h From: NNE 100%
21h 27 0 mm. 4.71 k/h From: N 100%

Weather Conditions

It will be sunny weather at Birmingham on September 18 and this is likely to favor the batsmen as the ball will swing less as compared to what we have seen in earlier games. The pitch has enough for the bowlers and the batsmen will have to be selective in their stroke making. A score of 160 runs or more would be a good total at this venue.  

Venue Details

Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of the best venues in the UK for the bowlers.  The bounce and movement off the surface doesn’t allow batsmen to free their arms and the large dimensions of the ground also make it difficult for them. Spinners have enjoyed bowling at this venue in the past and they can flight the ball without fear.

Toss: To Bat

In the four games played at this venue this season the side batting first has gone on to win three games. There have been mostly low scoring games at this ground this season and the pitch has become difficult to bat on as the game has progressed. Thus the side that wins the toss would like to bat first in this game.

Winning Prediction

Worcestershire Rapids have had a horrible season especially with the ball and the side has been completely dependent on their batsmen to win games. They come here with a win which has restored positivity in the camp. Birmingham Bears are coming into this game with a loss but they have played much better than their opponent this season. They have always been a formidable force at home and this will give them the edge going into this contest.

Birmingham Bears to win

Author: S. Bhatarjee