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It got pretty intense at the back-end of the league stage in Vitality T20 Blast before we zeroed-in on our eight quarter-finalists. Surprisingly, six of the eight teams that reached the quarter-final are also the oldest teams in the competition. That once again emphasizes on the role that experience plays even in the shortest version of the game.
After breaking for about a week, Vitality T20 Blast will return to action with all quarter-final matches to be played on 1st October. One of those matches will be between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, two of the three teams that qualified from North Group. Since Nottinghamshire finished higher on the table, the match is set to be played at their home ground, that is, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham.
Before the tournament started, Nottinghamshire were staring at a tough journey considering the pressure they faced owing to a knock-out elimination last year. They needed Chris Nash, Ben Ducket, Joe Clarke, and Alex Hales to step up and they did so beautifully in the league stage. With terrific efforts from almost all their players, Nottinghamshire topped the North Group table and looked the most dominating team.
Not surprisingly, Nottinghamshire had a great start to their campaign. The only loss that they posted came in the second half of the league stage when their qualification for the next round looked almost certain. They were on a terrific unbeaten streak before Leicestershire Foxes ended that with a four-wicket win. Nottinghamshire registered a four-wicket win over Durham in their subsequent encounter to bounce back to the winning ways.
On paper, Nottinghamshire do not have many foreign stars available at their disposal, but the domestic talent they have is second to none. Joe Clarke has been in a superb form in the tournament so far and is coming off a superb run in the back-end of the league stage. Besides Clarke, the Notts have the services of Alex Hales, Chris Nash, and Ben Duckett, who all did remarkably well in the league stage of the tournament.
It is not that only the batsmen have done well for Nottinghamshire. Their bowlers, in fact, have been the mainstay in ensuring that Gloucs finishes at the top of the table in the league stage. With 14 scalps, Jake Ball is not only the leading wicket-taker for them but also in the tournament. However, they do not have anyone except Ball in the chart for the top-wicket takes, and that highlights Notts' over-reliance on Ball to pick up early wickets.
All in all, Nottinghamshire is an immaculately balanced team with players doing well in both departments of the game. Although they appear to be a little too over-reliant on Jake Ball to pick up wickets, they have plenty of experience available in the bowling line-up with the likes of Imad Wasim, Samit Patel, and Steven Mullaney. With home advantage available at their disposal as well, Nottinghamshire will be a difficult side to beat in the upcoming knock-out encounter.
Chris Nash, AD Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores, DT Christian, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, SI Wasim, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball.
Primarily because they lacked the firepower in their batting lineup, Leicestershire Foxes were probably written off too early from the contention to qualify for the knock-outs. However, much to the surprise of many, they defied the odds and qualified for the playoffs. After being behind the eight-ball for the most of the tournament, the Foxes did an excellent job at the end, eventually finishing at the third spot on the points table. They finished their group-stage campaign with four wins and three losses.
Unlike Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire had to struggle hard to qualify for the playoffs. After facing heavy defeat at the hands of Derbyshire Falcons, Leicestershire Foxes needed to win their last two league matches. Defending a total of 154 against Lancashire in their final match, they were always under pressure but finished the match in a terrific manner to seal a quarter-final spot.
The thing that works to the Leicestershire's advantage is that they have match-winners available right through their lineup. They have a superb bowling unit to support their power-packed batting lineup and that could prove to be a distinguishing factor in the upcoming contest. The likes of Colin Ackermann, Aaron Lilley, Gareth Delany, and Callum Parkinson were the go-to men for the team in the league stage and we expect those players to play a vital role in the upcoming contest as well.
While they do not appear to be intimidating at all, they have an immaculate team balance. The potency and depth of their batting was apparent by their performances in the back end of the tournament time and again as Colin Ackermann played brilliant knocks with the tail to take the Foxes to decent positions in different matches. Apart from him, they have Aaron Lilley and Gareth Delany, who both did reasonably well in the league stage.
On paper, Leicestershire Foxes is a terrific team that has a superb amalgamation of youth and experience. They are a little too over-reliant on Aaron Lilley, Gareth Delany, and Colin Ackermann with the bat, but they have bowling can keep even the best of the batsmen in check. With the batting unit they have, they would need their bowlers to do a tight job on Thursday, and if they can do that, Nottinghamshire Outlaws will have their work cut out.
Nick Welch, Gareth Delany, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill, Harry Swindells, Ben Mike, Callum Parkinson, Dieter Klein, William Davis, Gavin Griffiths.
A batting-friendly surface, short-boundaries, and the chances of dew impacting the match are all ingredients for a cracking contest. The fact that this is a knock-out fixture adds to the excitement. While the teams generally prefer to bat first in the high-pressure fixtures, the decision won't be as straight-forward here. With dew likely to make bowling difficult in the second innings, the captains won't like to take the risk of batting second. The fact that this is a difficult ground to defend further tilts the things in favor of the team batting second. Considering those factors, we expect the skipper winning the toss to field first.
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Trent Bridge Cricket Ground is by far the best batting venue in England. While the league matches did not produce high-scoring encounters, it is likely to change in the knockouts. After a brief break, the surface is expected to be hard and even, making batting easy. Also, the short boundaries will tempt batsmen to go for the big shots frequently. Considering that, we expect seamers to be more successful here. Unlike it was the case in the group-stage, rain is not likely to have any role to play. Dew, however, could have a massive impact on governing the decision at the toss. The team batting first here will want to post a total of at least 190 runs.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team lineup for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast Quarter-final between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and Leicestershire Foxes. Don't forget to check back the latest updated team lineup right after the toss.
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire are coming on the back of contrasting runs in their recent respective matches. It is always a pressure-cooker situation in a knock-out fixture and we believe that it would be no different in the upcoming match as well. Nottinghamshire are a better team on paper, have experience available right through their batting unit, and have the momentum coming into this match. Given those reasons, we think that the Outlaws are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming match.
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