About the Match
Both Lancashire and Nottinghamshire are coming into this match on the back of a loss. Lancashire is currently third o the North Group table while Nottinghamshire is at seventh, however, both the teams have almost exactly the same records. Lancashire has 8 points from 7 games while Nottinghamshire has 6 from 6.
This promises to be an exciting match between two quality T20 sides.
The Lancashire Lightning have a very decent bowling lineup comprising of players like Junaid Khan, Ryan McLaren, Matt Parkinson and Jordan Clark but they were taken apart with ease in their last outing. McLaren gave away 46 runs off his four overs without a wicket while Junaid Khan picked up two wickets but gave away 53 runs. Stephen Parry was the only bowler to complete his quota and go for less than 11 runs per over.
While this performance was easily one of the worse ones that Lancashire had put in, it is indicative of the problems that they have been having in this tournament so far. None of their bowlers have really stood out and taken the lead.
No bowler has taken more than 6 wickets in total so far and there has not been a single performance where a bowler took more than three wickets in a single inning.
The batting for Lancashire has been much stronger led by Liam Livingstone, Karl Brown and Jos Buttler. Livingstone, in particular, has been absolutely smashing the ball out of the park and already has 12 sixes to his name.
Lancashire needs a Jos Buttler special in this crucial match and their middle/lower order to start contributing more consistently whenever they get the chance.
It is not often that an in-form Alex Hales is pushed to the sidelines by another batsman in his team but that is exactly what Rikki Wessels has been doing. The opening pair of the Outlaws has been in fantastic touch and responsible for setting up a couple of victories for their team.
Wessels already has 250 runs in this tournament while Hales is not too far behind with 191. What is astonishing is to see Wessels with 10 sixes to his name while Hales only has 4. Of course, the fact that Hales is striking the ball at 192.92 compared to Wessels at 133.68 tell us a little about the destructive nature of the batsman.
Brendon Taylor and Steven Mullaney have also been very good for the Outlaws giving them a very destructive top-order with some big hitters like Dan Christian and Samit Patel to follow.
The Notts bowling attack would be under a bit of pressure after giving away over 200 runs in the last game but they have plenty of quality in there to not be too worried. Harry Gurney has been having an excellent tournament and has taken 10 wickets while Ish Sodhi with 8 to his name is having a good time as well.
Both of them and Wood went for well above 10 runs an over in the last match. Samit Patel was a bright spot though as he only gave away 27 runs from 4 overs and took one wicket as well.
Pitch and Conditions
A rainy day lies in store for us at Manchester but hopefully, a game should be able to be played out. The pitch at Old Trafford is going to have no surprises in it and allow the batsmen to go for their shots.
Nottinghamshire to win