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Battle of nerves between Birmingham and Hampshire
Birmingham Bears to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The stage is set for an interesting clash as the Birmingham Bears take on the Hampshire Hawks in the 2nd Quarterfinal of the Vitality T20 Blast 2022. The Bears who topped the points table in the North Group lost their last game against Lancashire Lightning. The Hawks defeated Sussex Sharks in their last game, and they would be confident.
This would incidentally be only the second game between the two teams in this competition and hence there isn’t much history to rely upon. The Birmingham Bears would be playing at home, and they know the conditions which can be a big advantage in a high-pressure contest. Hawks have been in excellent form coming into this game and we are likely to have a cracker of a contest.
Carlos Brathwaite would have liked to enter the quarterfinals with a win, but the side has had an incredible summer. They went down against the Lancashire Lightning in the last game by 2 wickets but have been one of the best sides this season. Brathwaite shall look to make the best use of their depth in batting and bowling and reach the semi-finals.
Paul Stirling and Alex Davies shall need to set up a good opening wicket stand. Stirling is one of the key batsmen for the side and he has to deliver the goods here. The middle-order has done well, and the side would like to see runs from Adam Hose, Chris Benjamin, and Sam Hain in this contest. Brathwaite is a clean striker of the ball, and he will have to do the big-hitting along with Dan Mousley and Jake Lintott.
The bowling attack has done well in most games. Olly Stone has looked good, and he shall look to make good use of the new ball along with Henry Brookes. Danny Briggs and Brathwaite have lots of experience and they have to bowl tight lines as the Hawks have good hitters of the ball. Jacob Lintott shall look to bowl better spells than the last game where he went for runs.
Carlos Brathwaite (c), Paul Stirling, Alex Davies (wk), Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Chris Benjamin, Dan Mousley, Jake Lintott, Danny Briggs, Olly Stone, Henry Brookes
Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Christopher Benjamin, Danny Briggs, Paul Stirling, Craig Miles, Jake Lintott, Alex Davies, Dan Mousley, Carlos Brathwaite, Olly Stone
James Vince’s side has peaked at the right time. After an ordinary start that saw them losing the first four games, the side has lost only once in the last ten games. It was a thrilling win by the side in their last game against the Sussex Sharks whom they defeated by 5 wickets. Vince would be aware of the strength the Bears have and look for a strong performance from his side.
Vince and Ben McDermott are a strong opening pair, and they would look to set up a good opening wicket stand here. The middle-order has looked good, and the trio of Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, and Toby Albert would look to build partnerships. Ross Whiteley and James Fuller have good hitting abilities and they need to do the heavy lifting towards the end.
Chris Wood and Brad Wheal must bowl better lines than what they did in the last game as the Bears have a strong batting line-up at the top. Mason Crane and Liam Dawson shall need to make good use of the conditions and use their experience in this knockout game. The side has variety in its bowling with Prest and Fuller in the mix.
James Vince (c), Ben McDermott (wk), Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, Toby Albert, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Brad Wheal, Mason Crane
Mason Crane, James Vince, Nathan Ellis, Bradley Wheal, Joe Weatherley, Tom Prest, Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Ross Whiteley, Ben McDermott, Chris Wood
The skies over Birmingham would be slightly overcast skies on July 7. We are likely to see a belter here where batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely and score runs easily. Bowlers shall have to rely on their variations to do well in this game. The side batting first will look to score 200 runs.
Edgbaston, Birmingham is a great batting surface where batsmen have done well in the past. The ball comes to the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes. Fast bowlers do generate pace and bounce from this surface. It is a tough venue for the spinners as the ball doesn’t turn much.
We have seen an excellent batting surface at Edgbaston where defending scores is a massive challenge. It will be a high-pressure contest where sides would prefer to have a target score in mind. Hence, the side winning the toss in this game shall have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
It is expected to be one of the most interesting games in this tournament. The Hampshire Hawks have enjoyed an incredible run in the last 10 games where they have lost just once. However, their bowlers have been in poor form in the last few games which would be a big worry. The Bears are playing at home, and they have enjoyed good form this season. This would put them slightly ahead of the Hampshire Hawks in this game.
Birmingham Bears to win
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