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T20 Cricket resumes in England after breaking for around a week. We are midway through the Vitality T20 Blast and things are taking shape beautifully. With almost all teams still in contention to qualify for the knockouts, the competition in the South Group table looks intense.
Up next in the Group are Sussex set to take on Hampshire, the match that holds significant importance for both sides. A win for Sussex will push them to the second spot on the ladder, making it easier for them to qualify. For Hampshire, a win will push them to the third spot on the ladder while a loss will keep them to the fifth spot. This is a high-stakes encounter and both sides are expected to come hard at each other. The match between Sussex Sharks and Hampshire is to be played at The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton on 10th September 2020.
Hampshire had a terrible tournament last year and their campaign thus far hasn't been great either. From a total of four matches played, Hampshire have won just one lost two. One of the four matches was washed out due to rain. They have a net run-rate of -0.091, which suggests that their margin of losses hasn't been big.
Hampshire got off to a poor start in the competition, losing to Sussex in their opening match. They then bounced back with a fantastic win over Essex, last year's defending champions. In their last match, however, Surrey hammered them by nine wickets in a rain-curtailed encounter. Considering that Surrey were the lower-seeded side going into the match, their win was rather surprising.
Batting first, Hampshire batsmen failed to get going in the shortened game as they tried too hard to score quickly and lost wickets in process. As many as seven of their batsmen came out to bat, but only two managed to score in the double figures. With wickets falling around him, Sam Northeast held the innings together with a run-a-ball 31, but he perished in a bid to accelerate towards the end of the innnings.
A total of 77 was never going to be easy to defend and it didn't prove otherwise. Surrey's batsmen never looked in trouble as Surrey eventually won the match by nine wickets. For Hampshire, Ian Holland and Mason Crane did a decent job of keeping Surrey's batsmen quiet, but the total to defend was just to low to keep Surrey from winning the match.
All in all, Hampshire is a good team, capable to defeat any team on its day, but its performance has been far from good thus far. They lack experience in both departments of the game with a lot dependent on a few good players. If those players play well and get good support from the remaining players, Hampshire can give the Sharks a run for their money.
James Vince, Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, James Fuller, Lewis McManus, Ian Holland, CP Wood, Calvin Harrison, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi.
Sussex are on of the only two teams in the group to have played four matches so far. However, despite having played one game less than four other teams, they are sitting pretty in the top-half of the points table. With two wins in four matches, Sussex are currently placed at the third spot with a decent net run-rate of 0.177. A win here will push them to the second spot and that is what they'll be aiming for in the upcoming contest.
Sussex Sharks got off to a pretty good start in the tournament, winning both of their first two completed matches. They were left longing to get out on the field but utilized the opportunity completely when they got a chance to play cricket. The defeated Hampshire and Middlesex in consecutive matches. However, they are coming off a narrow defeat in their previous match as they failed to chase down Kent's total by a narrow margin of one-run.
Despite having to chase a tall total, the Sharks were always ahead in the game, but dwindled out just at the last moment. The needed two runs off two deliveries to win the match, but failed to score any. First, Ravi Bopara gloved a rather harmless delivery to the keeper and then Ollie Robinson was caught short of his crease as he tried to sneak in a single to tie the match.
Sussex's innings was carried forward with immaculate team-work that had almost every batsmen contributing. Phil Salt and Luke Wright got them off to a terrific start, adding 58 runs in 4.2 overs before Salt was dismissed. By the time Luke Wright was dismissed, Sussex Sharks had scored 80 runs in jut 5.4 overs. Although wickets kept tumbling, the Sharks never lost steam and always found themselves ahead of the net run-rate. Perhaps, the only flaw that Sussex's innings had was Bopara's slow knock as he took 18 deliveries to score 18 runs.
Earlier on the day, the Sharks had a mixed day with the ball. Danny Briggs was exceptional as he picked up a wicket and gave away just eighteen runs in his four overs, but the same wasn't the case with their other bowlers. David Wiese, Will Beer, and Ollie Robinson were too expensive as they together gave away 101 runs in their eight overs combined. Although Tymal Mills picked up a wicket, he too was expensive and gave away runs at an economy rate of 10.75. George Garten, however, was measured and returned with reasonable figures of 31 for 2 in his four overs.
Overall, Sussex have a fantastic unit and that has been apparent from their performances in the tournament so far. They are coming off a heart-wrenching loss in a match that was theirs for most part and will be looking to make amends. Batting is certainly Sharks' strength and if their bowlers manage to do their job, Sussex would be a tough team to deal with.
Calum MacLeod, Delray Rawlins, RS Bopara, D Wiese, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Ben Brown, Will Beer, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Luke Wright.
While the norm is to bat first when the surface is slow, the results in the England-Australia series were contrary to the norm. That was primarily because the surface didn't change over the course of forty overs. If anything, it only got better to bat on in the second innings. In all three matches, the team batting second found itself at an advantage and twice the team got a favorable result. Given the recent results at this venue and the possibility of dew to be a factor, the captain winning the toss should be looking to field first.
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It is the same venue where Australia took on England in the three-match T20I series and we expect the surface to behave in a similar manner. In that series, the surface didn't change much over the course of the two innings and the team batting second emerged victorious on two occasions. This, too, is an evening game and the dew factor is likely to come into the picture. The surface is expected to be a bit on the slower side and batsmen would need to take some time before going for the big hits. The powerplay will be the best time to bat. Thankfully, the weather hasn't been punishing over the last few days and Thursday is expected to be rain-free as well. With temperature forecasted to hover in the range of 20 degrees on the match day, it is going to be an excellent evening for Cricket. Considering the recent results and the nature of the surface, the team batting first will be looking to put a total of at least 165 runs on the board.
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They will both be fresh after a week-long break coming into what promises to be a cracker of a contest. The two teams have already met in the tournament before wherein Sussex Sharks managed to topple Hampshire. On paper, Sussex appears to be a better-balanced team, largely because of a potent batting lineup backed up a decent set of bowlers. Having emerged on top in the last fixture, the Sharks will be more confident of the two sides. For that reason and for the ones stated above, Sussex Sharks are firm favorites to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter.
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