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Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021, Today Match Prediction

27 June 2021 | 19:00 | New Road One, Worcester, England
157/3 in 19.1 8.19 winner
156/7 in 20.0 7.80

Toss Winner - Worcestershire won the toss and chose to bowl first

winner Worcestershire beat Leicestershire by 7 wickets

Worcestershire and Leicestershire are both coming off wins in their last respective games. 
 

  • Jake Libby has been the best performer for Worcestershire with 193 runs.
  • Leicestershire have won three games in a row
  • Leicestershire’s top three batsmen are in really good form and will pose a danger for the Worcs.

Back Leicestershire to win this clash.

  • Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: New Road One, Worcester, England
  • Toss: To Bowl

VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Yorkshire 9 6 2 0 1 13 1.303
Nottinghamshire 9 5 1 3 0 13 0.844
Durham 9 5 3 0 1 11 0.437
Warwickshire 9 4 4 0 1 9 0.226
Lancashire 9 3 4 1 1 8 -0.181
Worcestershire 8 3 3 1 0 8 -1.208
Derbyshire 10 3 6 1 0 7 -0.342
Leicestershire 8 3 5 0 0 6 0.043
Northamptonshire 9 2 6 0 0 5 -1.265
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
13 1.303 9 6 2 0 1
13 0.844 9 5 1 3 0
11 0.437 9 5 3 0 1
9 0.226 9 4 4 0 1
8 -0.181 9 3 4 1 1
8 -1.208 8 3 3 1 0
7 -0.342 10 3 6 1 0
6 0.043 8 3 5 0 0
5 -1.265 9 2 6 0 0
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wor vs leic Match Prediction & Analysis

Not much separates Worcestershire Rapids and Leicestershire Foxes in the North Group. Worcestershire is in 6th place with 3 wins and 3 losses and Leicestershire is the 8th place with 3 wins and 5 losses. Both have had a poor run in the T20 Blast 2021 season but Leicestershire is currently on a 3-match winning spree and could be in for a turnaround. It will be interesting to see which of them emerges as the winner when the two clash on the 26th at the County Ground.

Teams Preview

Worcestershire Preview

Worcestershire have been incredibly inconsistent this season. They started with two consecutive losses but their campaign has ever since derailed. In their last 3 games, they have lost 2 and won 1. 

The Rapids would take confidence from the fact that they are coming off a win against Durham in their last match. The Worcs were set a steep target of 179 runs and chased it down in 19.3 overs with 8 wickets left. Jake Libby (78* off 55 balls) and opener Brett D'Oliveira (67 off 49 balls) were the stars of the chase. Libby, in fact, has been the leading run-getter of the season for the Worcs with 193 runs at an average of 48.25. He’s followed by DOliveira (178 runs at 29.66) and Riki Wessels (175 runs at 25).

This summer's standout bowler for Worcestershire has been Charlie Morris (10 wickets at an economy of 9.41). His spell of 3-37 in the last game also proved to be crucial. Australian seamer Ben Dwarshuis (8 wickets at 8.72) has been impressive too, but spinner Ish Sodhi has yet to find his groove and has proven to be expensive going at an economy of 9.20 taking just 4 wickets.  

Worcestershire Predicted Playing XI:

Riki Wessels, Brett DOliveira, Jake Libby, Daryl Mitchell, Ben Cox (c & wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Ben Dwarshuis, Ish Sodhi, Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris

Worcestershire Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
J Libby 78 55 9 1 141.82
B D Oliveira 67 49 6 2 136.73
B Cox 17 9 1 1 188.89
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 37 3 9.25
B Dwarshuis 4.0 0 27 2 6.75
I Sodhi 4.0 0 37 2 9.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 37 3 9.25
B Dwarshuis 4.0 0 27 2 6.75
I Sodhi 4.0 0 37 2 9.25

Worcestershire Actual Playing XI:

Riki Wessels, Jake Libby, Ish Sodhi, Ben Cox, Dillon Pennington, Ben Dwarshuis, Ed Barnard, Daryl Mitchell, Charlie Morris, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley

Leicestershire Preview

After starting the season with 5 straight losses, it looked as if the Leicestershire Foxes will be struggling all the way through this time. But they have affected a mini turnaround by winning 3 games in a row and look to be peaking at the right time. They have beaten Northamptonshire (by 34 runs), Derbyshire (by 42 runs), and Yorkshire (by 34 runs) in their last three matches. 

This turnaround has mainly been helped by their batting. In their last game against Yorkshire, Leicestershire posted a formidable 207-3 on the board courtesy of a  stunning 99* off 55 balls by Arron Lilley and a terrific knock of 40 off 22 balls by captain Colin Ackermann. Lilley (248 runs at a strike rate of 153), along with openers Josh Inglis (285 runs at 172) and Scott Steel (244 runs at 121) are proving to be a formidable top three for Leicestershire. Ackermann too (196 runs at 141) is proving to be great down the order.

On the bowling front, seamer Naveen-ul-Haq (14 wickets at an economy of 8.85) has been the leader of the pack while Ackermann (9 wickets at 7.92) is also doing a good job at the start. Left-arm orthodox spinner Callum Parkinson, who had figures of 4-35 in the match against Yorkshire, has been pretty effective as well and has 11 wickets at a healthy 7.62.

Leicestershire Predicted Playing XI:

Scott Steel, Josh Inglis (wk), Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (c), Rishi Patel, Lewis Hill, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Louis Kimber, Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths

Leicestershire Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
A Lilley 99 55 9 4 180
C Ackermann 40 22 2 3 181.82
S Steel 32 28 2 0 114.29
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Parkinson 4.0 0 35 4 8.75
B Mike 0.5 0 9 2 10.8
S Steel 4.0 0 21 1 5.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Parkinson 4.0 0 35 4 8.75
B Mike 0.5 0 9 2 10.8
S Steel 4.0 0 21 1 5.25

Leicestershire Actual Playing XI:

Naveen-ul-Haq, Gavin Griffiths, Callum Parkinson, Lewis Hill, Colin Ackermann, Scott Steel, Josh Inglis, Ben Mike, Louis Kimber, Arron Lilley, Rishi Patel

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 24 0 mm. 5.58 k/h From: SSW 20%
03h 23 0 mm. 4.82 k/h From: SSW 46%
06h 22 0 mm. 4.38 k/h From: SW 73%
09h 20 0 mm. 4.26 k/h From: SW 88%
12h 23 0 mm. 5.24 k/h From: SW 71%
15h 29 0 mm. 5.99 k/h From: SW 19%
18h 32 0 mm. 5.97 k/h From: SW 23%
21h 30 0 mm. 5.9 k/h From: SSW 90%

Weather Conditions

The County Ground in Worcester is a pretty good T20 wicket. Runs are on offer for the batsmen and the ball comes on nicely to the bat consistently. Medium pacers and fast bowlers go for runs here and have an economy in excess of 8.5. Spinners will get some help during the middle overs.

Conditions are going to be humid in Worcester but there are no chances of rain, thankfully.
 

Venue Details

The average first innings score at New Road in the T20 Blast is 172. The average first innings winning score here is 190. The highest total on the venue is 229-4 by Lancashire against Worcestershire in 2014. More recently, Yorkshire amassed 216-6 here against Worcestershire in the current T20 Blast season.

Toss: To Bowl

60% of the games at County Ground in T20s have been won by the teams chasing. So the captain winning the toss is likely to bat second. 

WOR vs LEIC Winning Prediction

In the last 4 completed games between the Worcestershire Rapids and Leicestershire Foxes, Leics have won 3 matches while Worcs have won just 1. While Worcestershire is a little ahead of Leicestershire in the points table currently, they aren’t in the greatest of form. The Leics, on the other hand, are on a sudden winning spree and look good to maintain that momentum. Their batting is particularly looking really strong, which might prove to be the difference in the outcome of this match. 

Back Leicestershire to win this clash.

Author: Bhavesh B.