About the Match
It would be a battle for the top spot in the North Division of Friends Life T20 on 1st July 2013 when Lancashire Lighting takes on Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Manchester. Both teams have won one game each and are standing on second and third spot in the points table separated only by net run rate. The winner of this game would go to the first spot in this group if we disregard the difference due to net run rate. Outlaws and Lighting, both played their first match well and it would be interesting to see how they play against each other. It is an important game and it is expected to have a crunch end as well.
The Outlaws would be pretty happy the way their batsmen performed in the first game against Leicestershire. Chasing a big total, Nottinghamshire got off to a flyer, thanks to the cameo of Hales and composed innings of Lumb. It was an 84-run partnership between James Taylor and David Hussey which eventually saw them home with 14 balls to space. The signing of Ian Butler proved to be fruitful as he picked three important wickets at crucial stages of the game. The spin of Samit Patel came in handy as he conceded on 26 in his four and picked up two wickets too. Led by David Hussey, this Nottinghamshire has the right balance to topple any side in the world.
Mitchell McClenaghan’s debut turned out to be rosy as he picked up three crucial wickets to guide his team home from a difficult position. He and other Lightning bowlers were belted away for runs as Durham openers slammed a fifty run partnership in just around five overs. Earlier while they were batting, despite a scratchy start, Stephen Moore managed to score 78 in quick time to guide his team to a total of 165. Simon Katich played a vital role in the win as he played a swashbuckling innings of 43 off just 25 balls. In the final stages of the game, Lancashire survived the scare and got past the line after Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Ben Stokes. With batting as well as bowling in fine form, it would be really tough for any side in the competition to beat Lancashire Lightning.
In the battle for top spot and getting ahead in the race to the knockouts, it would be a crucial encounter between the sides. The fine form of both the sides would make it be an even tighter game. Nottinghamshire batsmen played fabulously well and made a colossal total look like a modest total. Lancashire handled the pressure situation and held their nerve to get over the line. Nottinghamshire Outlaws have a strong and experienced batting lineup with a good bowling lineup and I expect them to prevail in this important encounter.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws @ 1.73 William Hill