About the Match
Warwickshire has 10 points from 4 wins out of 10 matches played so far and Nottinghamshire has 12 points from 5 wins out of 10 matches played in the championship and both are clashing at Edgbaston on 8th July. While Warwickshire lost their last match against Northamptonshire on 3rd July in a well fought contest, the match between Notts and Durham was abandoned due to bad weather. Both teams have star performers looking for improving their performance; this match is going to be another close contest between equals.
Warwickshire has good bowlers and batsmen who can fire to win, but the batsmen failed to do their job against Northamptonshire on 3rd July, chasing a moderate target of 139. Patel bowls intelligently and was the main wicket taker against Northants claiming 3 victims; Wright has the confidence to bowl accurately from the very word go, with Clarke combining well at the other end in starting the innings. Javid, Hannon and Shoaib lend good support, and have capability to pin the batsmen; Porterfield and Chopra are good openers with consistency, who can demoralize the attack and build good foundation for the rest of the batsmen to bat freely and it was their occasional failure that cost them the match against Northants. Shoaib, Patel and Clarke have also given good contribution with the bat and can chip in with runs when the tail starts wagging. Gurney and Shahzad can penetrate their defense but they have to wear out the opening bowlers before stepping out against Mullaney, Wood and Fletcher.
Nottinghamshire have a very potential batting line up with Jacques and Hales opening regularly and laying a comfortable foundation with Wessels and Patel following, who can step up the run rate. Taylor and Mullaney also play a useful role with the bat; their 220 for 4 against Leicestershire was a clear demonstration of their domination against mediocre attack. They have to guard against Wright and Clarke in the initial stage to keep their wickets and then gear up to open up when the loose balls start coming at them. Gurney and Shahzad need to bowl at the wicket accurately and should not relax when they have a huge score to bank upon, but bowl with commitment and identify the weak points of Chopra and Porterfield to unsettle the openers. They must apply themselves collectively and have a strategy to deal with each opposing player to ensure that they do not dominate during the proceedings. If they manage to dislodge the top order cheaply, they can hope to contain the rest of the batsmen to try and achieve a win.
Both teams are capable of outwitting the other to dominate the match, but the better team to derive strategy and implement with course corrections during the progress would win the tussle; Nottinghamshire definitely has the upper hand in this approach and we expect a win here for the Notts.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws, 1.61 @ Bet365