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This year's Vitality T20 Blast is a ten-game competition as compared to a fourteen-game competition, which T20 Blast regularly is. The shorter format means that the teams have less time available to get their combination sorted and gain momentum as early as possible.
Leicestershire Foxes got their first win of the tournament over Durham Jets, who are still struggling to get their first point of the season. Up next in the competition, are the Foxes set to take on the Vikings, in a North Group mid-table contest. Both sides have had a similar tournament so far and this could be a hard-fought encounter between two similarly placed teams. The match is to be played at Headingly Cricket Ground, Leeds, on 2nd September 2020.
After posting a remarkable win in their opening match, Yorkshire Vikings were left stunned by Nottinghamshire Outlaws as Ben Duckett trumped Joe Root's fantastic knock to guide Notts to a victory. The loss kept Yorkshire at the fourth position the points table with three points and a net run-rate of 2.242. A win here, however, should be enough to push Yorkshire to the second spot largely because of the superb net run-rate they already have.
Yorkshire's superb net run-rate was a result of the 99-run win they posted over Derbyshire Falcons. Batting first, the Vikings posted a total of 220, which proved to be too much to handle for the Falcons. It was a Joe Root's day as he not only smashed 64 off 40 deliveries but also picked up two important wickets to rock Derbyshire Falcons.
Joe Root continued with his fantastic form in Yorkshire's subsequent match too as he contributed with a 65-run knock to take his team to a challenging total. Root's innings was significant in a way that he not only kept wickets from falling but also accelerated at the right time to provide his team with the much-needed impetus. Adam Lyth played a brilliant role to foil Root early on as Lyth scored 53, taking all the risks and allowing Joe Root to settle.
With totals of 220 and 190 in their two games, the strength of Yorkshire's batting is apparent. However, it is their bowling that they will be concerned about. Although the scoreboard suggests otherwise, Yorkshire's defense against the Outlaws looked toothless. Their bowlers lacked creativity as Nottinghamshire's batsmen cruised to chase down the 190-run total set by the Yorks' batmsen. Matthew Pillans, Josh Posyden, George Hill, and Matthew Fisher were specifically targeted by the Notts batsmen as none of those bowlers conceded at an economy rate of less than ten runs an over.
With Joe Root and Adam Lyth available as all-rounders, who both can bowl, Yorkshire's front-line bowling would need to bring out their 'A-game'. If they can do that, they'll have a bowling attack second to none to complement a superb batting lineup. Beating them then would be a challenge even for the best teams in the business.
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Leicestershire's start to the competition was far from ideal as the Foxes had their first two matches washed out due to the rain. There was a sense of urgency about how they had to go into the match and it was apparent in the way they approached the match.
They looked to take the aggressive route right at the beginning of their innings as Gareth Delany kept taking the risk in the early overs despite his partner getting dismissed. Delany raced to his half-century in 35 deliveries and was dismissed after he had made 68, which included two sixes and six fours. His innings, however, had already set the tone, which was carried forward brilliantly by Aaron Lilley. Lilley played an instrumental role in finishing the Foxes' innings with a flourish. He scored 50 off just 33 deliveries as Leicestershire Foxes finished with a towering total of 177.
While the Foxes' batting did well, their bowling was their stronger suite. On a surface that was getting slower, the Foxes' spinners led the way by not only keeping things quiet but also by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Spinners picked up five wickets between them with Callum Parkinson contributing with five wickets. Parkinson was the Foxes' leading wicket-taker last year and with wickets likely to be slower this time, he could have a pivotal role to play going forward in the tournament.
The Foxes produced a pretty good batting performance but that was largely on the back of two brilliant individual performances. The Foxes had eight batsmen come out to bat, but only three managed to score in double figures. While they have a decent batting unit on paper, their management and fans would want more contributions from the rest of their batting order. If that happens, they can be a tough team to deal with considering the bowling attack they already have.
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With the weather forecasted to be a bit rainy and dew likely to play a part, setting a total will not be easy. As was the case in the previous match here, the surface is unlikely to change over the course of the match, and the captain winning the toss would want to field first.
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Headingley Cricket Ground is one of the most popular cricket ground, famous for its tough conditions to bat on in the longest format of the game. In the shortest format of the game, however, there are very few surfaces that are as good to bat on as this. Yorkshire slammed a total of 220 in their first match and followed it up with a 190-run total, which Notts chased rather easily. Considering that as well as the fact that this is an evening game and dew might come into the picture as well, no score would be safe to defend. Therefore, the team batting first would want to post a total of at least 200 runs in this match.
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The two teams are coming off contrasting results in their previous respective matches and would want to win this match, albeit for different reasons. While the Foxes would want to continue to build on their winning run, the Vikings will back to get back to the winning ways and reclaim the second spot on the ladder. The Foxes are coming off a terrific win in their previous match and will not be an easy team to get past. However, Yorkshire Vikings have an overall better side and the presence of England's test captain adds to their experience as well as the balance. Considering those as well as the other reasons stated above, placing your bets on a Yorkshire win should be the way to go in the upcoming fixture.
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