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The Finals day of Vitality T20 Blast did not disappoint the fans as Lancashire and Worcestershire fought hard in the opening encounter of the day. Against all odds, Worcestershire thumped Lancashire despite posting a mediocre total. In the other semifinal, Sussex blasted Somerset, thanks to brilliant innings from Luke Wright, to advance to the grand finale. With Worcestershire Rapids' bowlers in fine rhythm and Sussex's batsmen looking in fluent form, a scintillating contest is certainly on the cards.
The Rapids extended their fairytale run in Vitality T20 Blast to have their first go ever at the title. Riding on Ben Cox's smart 55-run knock and Pat Brown's disciplined spell, the Rapids defended a nothing more than a par score of 169 by 20 runs.
Batting first on an excellent batting wicket, Worcestershire Rapids got off to a flyer with Moeen Ali smashing Liam Livingstone for 23 in his first and only over. They raced to 37 for no loss in three overs before Joe Clarke was bowled by James Faulkner. They could only get 96 runs in his final fifteen overs losing six wickets in the process which, too, was more than what they looked like getting before Ben Cox's late assault on Lancashire bowlers propelling them to 169.
In contrast to what Wostershire enjoyed on multiple instances, Lancashire did not get many easy deliveries to score off. Instead, the likes of Patrick Brown, Moeen Ali, and Ed Barnard kept it tight which resulted in the wickets. Moeen Ali carried on the brilliant form from the tests and gave away just 16 runs in his four overs, picking two wickets in the process. Patrick Brown continued his superb show with the ball and picked up four wickets for 21 in his four-over which eventually became the difference between a win and a loss for Worcestershire Rapids.
Moeen Ali, Joe Clarke, Tom Fell, Brett D Oliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, WD Parnell, Daryl Mitchell, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown.
Sussex Sharks survived the late carnage by Corey Anderson to storm through to the grand finale of Vitality T20 Blast 2018. After scoring a mammoth 202 total, they went on to successfully defend it by 35 runs as the quality of the Sharks' death bowling left Somerset too much to do in the final overs.
While chasing a tall total is never easy in a high-profile game considering the immense pressure, Sussex bowlers still had to bowl well. The combination of Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan, and Jofra Archer never allowed Somerset to get going. Somerset could score only 36 runs in the final six overs with wickets tumbling at regular intervals.
Earlier with the bat, Sussex's innings was propelled by a brilliant 92-run knock from Luke Wright who will make his 300th T20 appearance against Worcestershire in the final. David Wiese contributed to a match-defining partnership with a well made 52 in just 29 deliveries. With the likes of Salt, Wright, Evans, and Rawlins at the top of the order, their batting is certainly one of the toughest lineups to bowl to in the competition.
Philip Salt, LJ Wright, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, D Wiese, Michael Burgess , Jofra Chioke Archer, Chris Jordan, Will beer, Danny Briggs, TS Mills.
It's a high-pressure game and a good total on the board are going to be tough to chase. Furthermore, both of the matches earlier in the day were won by the team batting first. For the aforementioned reasons, the team winning the toss will be looking to bat first.
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As seen earlier in the day, it's going to be an excellent surface to bat with plenty of runs on offer. Seamers might get some assistance under lights on a day where spinners have been difficult to hit for runs. Considering the scoreboard pressure and the surface, anything over 180 will be a tough total to chase
After a long tournament and a couple of incredible games on the Finals Day, we finally have our finalists. Sussex Sharks and Worcestershire Rapids will take on each other and with both the sides in such prolific form, it's hard to choose between them. While Moeen Ali and Patrick Brown have been terrific for the Rapids, Wright and Co. have done equally well for the Sharks. Sussex Sharks are a little more experienced side as compared to Worcestershire Rapids which can be crucial in crunch situations. For that reason, we think that the Sharks are better placed to win the grand finale and lift the prized T20 Blast trophy.
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