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Toss Winner - Lancashire won the toss and chose to bowl first
Worcestershire beat Lancashire by 29 runs
Lancashire Lightning’s hunt for a quarterfinal berth
Lancashire Lightning to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: New Road One, Worcester, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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It is the last round of league games at the Vitality T20 Blast 2022 and the fight for points is heating up. The Worcestershire Rapids would be taking on the Lancashire Lightning in what would be an important game for the Lightning. The Rapids lost to the Birmingham Bears in their last game while the Lightning also suffered a loss against the Derbyshire Falcons in their previous game.
The Worcestershire Rapids have won just one game this season and they would be playing to restore their pride with a win in this contest. The Lancashire Lightning are placed second on the points table, but they have other teams breathing down their neck. They would aim to win this game and book a berth in the next round. It would be interesting to see if the Rapids can come out of the slump and do well in this game.
Moeen Ali is back leading the side, but he couldn’t change the side’s fortunes in the last game. It was a complete disaster with the bat and the ball against the Birmingham Bears where they went down by 144 runs. Ali and his men would be playing for pride in this game, and they are likely to offer the best they have and look for their second win in the season.
Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Pollock have been through a poor run and the side would expect to see a good start from them here. Colin Munro and Moeen Ali have tons of experience and the pair would have to make it count in this game. The lower middle order has had an ordinary season and runs would be needed from the bats of Kashif Ali, Dwayne Bravo, and Gareth Roderick.
Their bowling attack was taken to the cleaners by the Bears in the last game and the side would need Mitchell Stanley and Adam Finch to do well with the new ball. Bravo and Ali have lots of experience in this format and they would have to stop the Lancashire batsmen from scoring quick runs. Patrick Brown and Barnard shall need to do well in the supporting role for the side to win here.
Moeen Ali (c), Ed Pollock, Brett D’Oliveira, Colin Munro, Ed Barnard, Kashif Ali, Gareth Roderick (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Adam Finch, Patrick Brown, Mitchell Stanley
Dwayne Bravo, Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Dillon Pennington, Gareth Roderick, Kashif Ali, Mitchell Stanley, Colin Munro, Ed Barnard, Moeen Ali, Brett D Oliveira
Dane Vilas would be upset to have gone down against the Derbyshire Falcons by 5 runs in the last game. The side nearly pulled off a big run chase but wasn’t able to deliver in the final over of the game. Vilas shall look to put that behind and play well in this game. A win would guarantee them a berth in the next round and that’s what the skipper would be aiming for.
Phillip Salt and Luke Wells make a formidable opening pair, and they would look to offer a good start to the side. Steven Croft has enjoyed a good season and the side would expect him to build partnerships with Dave Vilas and Tim David. Rob Jones and Danny Lamb add to the side’s batting strength down the order.
Their bowling attack went for runs in the last game and good spells would be needed from Tom Hartley and Tom Bailey with the new ball. Richard Gleeson would like to avoid bowling lose deliveries in the middle overs and exploit Rapids’ lack of form. Luke Wells, Lamb, and Luke Wood add bowling options for the side.
Dane Vilas (c & wk), Luke Wells, Philip Salt, Steven Croft, Rob Jones, Tim David, Danny Lamb, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Tom Bailey
Matthew Parkinson, Steven Croft, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, Luke Wells, Timothy David, Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas, Danny Lamb, Phil Salt, Richard Gleeson
The weather at Worchester would be clear on July 1 and we expect to see good batting conditions. There would be bounce and carry for the fast bowlers. However, we have seen batsmen score runs on this track and the side batting first would aim at a total of 170 runs or more on this wicket.
New Road, Worcester is a small venue and has shorter boundaries. This is an advantage for the batsmen as they can easily cross the boundary rope. Fast bowlers do get assistance from this track early in the game. Spinners haven’t had the best of records as the small size of the ground prevents them from tossing the ball.
It has been a good batting surface and we have seen sides batting first win three out of the four games that have been played here. The surface would be good to bat on at the start of the game. The side winning the toss in this game is likely to opt for batting first.
Worcestershire Rapids’ slump shows no sign of ending. The side lacks confidence at the moment and this is hurting them. Their top order would have to do well for the side to challenge the opposition in this game. Lancashire Lightning have their key players in good form and one win away from a berth in the quarterfinal. This would put them ahead of the Rapids in this game.
Lancashire Lightning to win
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