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Lancashire are flying high in the North Group points table and are set to take on the reigning champions, Nottinghamshire on 27th July 2018. Nottinghamshire Outlaws have had a topsy-turvy journey so far with three wins in six matches. Although we have seen glimpses of brilliance, we are yet to see a complete last-year like dominance from them. This match between the table-toppers and defending champions promises to be nothing short of a humdinger.
After a disappointing loss against Warwickshire in their first game of the T20 Blast, the Outlaws gathered momentum with some terrific performances by their batsmen. However, three losses in their last three matches have left their fans and management thinking.
After having two disappointing games against Durham and Leicestershire in T20 Blast, they went on to face an embarrassing defeat from Surrey in the county championship game. In response to Surrey's 592, they could score only 210 and 199 in their first and second innings respectively, consequently losing the match by an innings and 183 runs.
They lost to Leicestershire in the Vitality T20 Blast game prior to that as they failed to chase down 193 runs on a good batting surface. Although they have some well-experienced batsmen at their disposal, they've depended heavily on their skipper, Dan Christan, to take them over the line. All of their three wins have had a massive contribution from Dan Christan while in all of the losses, his contribution has been almost negligible. The fact speaks volumes about the team's dependency on their skipper, which they'd have to sort out as they face the table-toppers, Lancashire Lightning.
Riki Wessels, will fraine, Tom Moores, SR Patel, DT Christian, Steven Mullaney, Billy Root, Jake Libby, IS Sodhi, Jake Ball, Harry Gurney.
Unlike their T20 campaign, where we have seen Lancashire rack up win after a win, they failed to garner a win in their championship games against Yorkshire.
On the other hand, they'd be pretty happy given the way things have gone for them in the shortest version of the game. They have ten points in six games and are looking in excellent rhythm. They chased down a total of 175 against Yorkshire with particular ease, in just 14 overs, in their last T20 Blast match.
Liam Livingstone has been in terrific form for them with both bat and ball. He played a swashbuckling knock of 79 in the previous match. Since England and India's test is still a few days away, Jos Buttler is likely to open for Lancashire making their batting even stronger. Although their bowling does not have the big names in the attack, they've done a decent job thus far in restricting their opponents to a manageable score. With a batting lineup consisting of Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone at the top of the order, no score will safe to defend as they take on Outlaws in their next game.
Arron Lilley, Karl Brown, Alex Davies, KK Jennings, Jordan Clark, DJ Vilas, Steven Croft, James Faulkner, Toby Lester, Graham Onions, Matt Parkinson.
It is one of the most anticipated contests in this tournament, with both teams capable of scoring big on their day. Lancashire Lightning have done well in the recent matches as compared to Northamptonshire Outlaws and have the momentum with them. Furthermore, the presence of Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone can demoralize any bowling attack pretty quickly. For the above reasons, Lancashire Lightning go in as firm favorites to win this match and cement their stronghold at the numero uno spot in the points table.