About the Match
The NatWest T20 Blast 2017 has been one of the most closely fought and exciting tournaments that we have ever seen and one hopes that the finals day matches live up to the expectations as well. The second semi final will be played between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire, two of the strongest sides of the tournament.
Shahid Afridi reportedly asked to be promoted up the order before the quarter-final and then smashed his first ever T20 century to lead his team to victory. Hampshire ended up scoring 249 in the last match, effectively ending the match in the first half itself.
Does Hampshire give Shahid Afridi another chance at the top knowing his inconsistency in batting or do they go back to their regular opening pair? We think there is no way that Boom Boom is going to be denied after last game and he will come out swinging at the top of the order again.
There is a high likelihood that one of either Dickinson or Afridi will get out early in trying to score quickly bringing into focus the batting form of James Vince. With 486 runs to his name, Vince has been incredible this year and will be the wicket that the Outlaws are looking for the most.
With George Bailey and Michael Carberry to follow, Hampshire boasts of a strong and deep batting lineup.
Mason Crane has also been made available for this match providing a genuine wicket taking option for Hampshire. Crane, Abbott, Dawson, Afridi, and Berg will form a bowling attack that is capable of taking wickets at all times while making run scoring difficult.
The Outlaws are looking to add a second limited over title to their cupboard in 2017 after winning the Royal London Cup quite spectacularly. One look at their team and their current form will prove to you why this is something that is very possible.
Nottinghamshire finished top of the table and boast of the most explosive batting lineup in this competition. Riki Wessels has 492 runs to his name with 26 sixes and an overall strike rate of 149.09 while Alex Hales has 485 runs to his name with 18 sixes and a strike rate of 206.38.
Following these two are Dan Christian and Samit Patel who have both scored over 300 runs and the dependable Brendon Taylor.
This batting lineup will back itself to reach whatever target is set to them or score enough runs in the first innings to bat out the opposition if they have to.
Their bowling has tended to go for a few runs this season and this is why Samit Patel with 15 wickets to his name at an economy of 6.98 is so crucial to their fortunes. He will be targeted by the Hampshire batsmen and that could mean more wicket taking opportunities.
Jake Ball, Dan Christian, Ish Sodhi and Harry Gurney will make up the rest of a potent bowling attack.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is expected to be clear with maybe a few clouds around and the pitch is certain to be an absolute belter. Finals Day is one of the showcase days for English cricket and we could be in store for a six hitting fest this time around.
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