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Sussex has lost just one match in the Vitality Blast 2018 so far and could go top of the table with a win in this match. Hampshire, the other team in this match, has won just one match, tied one, and lost four in its campaign so far. Hampshire is currently at the bottom of the table and will want to win this match to jump up a few places.
The close nature of the contests and the tightly packed table means that every team has a chance to win irrespective of the current position on the league table.
Three wins on the trot have been followed by a loss to Surrey and a washout against Kent to rob Sussex of some of the momentum they had built up in the tournament. They now face a tricky match against Hampshire, a team we believe is much better than its current standing in the tournament.
Sussex has a couple of real T20 superstars in its side. Luke Wright at the top of the order is a legend in this form of the game and can win matches on his own with ease. Wright already has two fifties in the competition and could end up really dominating the tournament going forward.
He has had excellent support from players like Evans, Salt, Burgess, and Bruce.
The New Zealand all-rounder is a very promising T20 player who can contribute with both bat and ball. His tournament has not really taken off yet but we suspect he is going to play a crucial role for Sussex in the matches to come.
The other superstars in this side are Rashid Kahn from Afghanistan, and the soon to be England eligible Jofra Archer. Both of them are among the most wanted T20 bowlers in leagues around the world and they have shown why they are rated so highly.
Rashid Khan has picked up six wickets so far and is the most economical bowler in his side. Archer has 7 wickets although he is giving away runs a bit more easily. Rashid Khan is going to play just one more game for Sussex before he heads back so look out for a flourish in the end.
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It is surprising to see Hampshire bee in the position that they are. They tied a match that they should have won and then lost a match to Middlesex that they were in complete control of. For a team that is filled with T20 superstars if its own, the current season has been nothing short of disastrous.
Colin Munro is a very dangerous batsman and he has been showing of getting into his best form of late. He has struck two fifties in the tournament and is getting the team off to good starts. Munro’s challenge will come against the quality spin that Sussex will throw at him.
Munro vs Rashid Khan could be one of the intriguing contests in this match.
The other batsmen in Hampshire have been struggling and need to come good fast. Sam Northeast has got off to starts but is failing to convert them into meaningful scores. Players like Alsop, Vince, Berg, and the all-rounders all need to step up.
James Vince was supposed to be one of the star batsmen in this league but his poor form has been perplexing. We still believe he is just one inning from turning it around and that would mean a huge boost for Hampshire.
The bowling lineup for Hampshire has seen its struggles as well. Mujeeb Ur Rahman has not been the secret weapon that everyone made him out to be, Fidel Edwards has bowled with pace but has gone for plenty of runs, and Liam Dawson has been steady without really being match winning.
Wood has been the best bowler for the side and it looks like this bowling lineup needs the cushion of a few extra runs to be most effective.
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A lot of rain has been forecast in Brighton for on match day. We could have a truncated match or maybe even a washout if the current forecast comes to pass. The pitch in Brighton is good for batting but has a little something in it for the bowlers as well.
With the rain being around, the fast bowlers could extract some movement off the pitch with the new ball. Expect the par score to be around 160.
Sussex has the advantage of playing at home, being in better form, and having a better-balanced side. They are deserving favorites going into this game. Hampshire, though, is definitely capable of winning this match as well. All things considered, it is better to stick with the favorite in this one.
Back Sussex to win.
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