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Yorkshire and Birmingham sit directly next to each other on the league table at the moment and will be treating this match with the utmost interest. Yorkshire has one game in hand as compared to the other sides and will want to win it to stay near the top of the table while Birmingham will want to avoid another loss that will relegate them to the bottom half. The first match between the two sides went Birmingham’s way with ease but we have a feeling that it is going to be a lot closer this time around.
A heartbreaking one-run loss to Lancashire in the last game would have left Yorkshire feeling devastated. Set a massive 177 to win in just 14 overs, Yorkshire managed to take things to the last ball thanks to an excellent inning from Adam Lyth and a quick-fire fifty by Joe Root.
This match will probably be the last one that Root is available to play for Yorkshire as he gets ready for the England test summer but he will want to leave an impact on his way out. He is, of course, part of a strong Yorkshire batting side led by Adam Lyth, David Willey, Jane Williamson, and Gary Balance.
The emergence of Liam Plunkett and Tim Bresnan as power hitters in the middle order is also a good sign for Yorkshire moving forward. The team is going to be playing a strong batting side in the Birmingham Bears and will need a top-effort from its batsmen.
Adil Rashid has been in the middle of a storm as he was selected for the England test side despite not playing the county championship matches. Yorkshire will be appalled at losing Rashid for the remainder of the Vitality Blast after having him specifically on a white ball contract but that is the reality they will have to come to terms with.
Willey, Rashid, Bresnan, Plunkett, and Rafiq form a formidable bowling attack that is going to test the Birmingham side.
Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Willey, KS Williamson, GS Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall, LE Plunkett, TT Bresnan, AU Rashid, Azeem Rafiq, SA Patterson.
After a good start to the Vitality Blast 2018 season, the last three matches have been tough for the Birmingham Bears. They were dismantled by Leicestershire, lost a high scoring game to Durham, and then played out a thrilling tie with Northamptonshire.
This game against Yorkshire will be very important in regaining the momentum they seemed to have lost.
We really like the Birmingham batting lineup at the moment. They are being led by a rejuvenated Ian Bell at the top of the order and have a very strong set of players to follow. Bell scored an unbeaten 131 in the last match to take his tally to 287 runs for the tournament already.
Sam Hain has also scored over 200 runs in the tournament and is playing a vital role at number three for the Bears. Ed Pollock is, of course, winning attention from all over the globe for the ridiculous strike rate he plays at. Pollock has hit 10 sixes in the 39 deliveries he has faced in total and is a threat in every single game.
With Hose, de Grandhomme, and Grant Elliot all in the side as well, the Birmingham Bears can claim to be one of the best batting sides in this competition.
The bowling is not too bad either although Boyd Rankin, Ollie Stone, Jeetan Patel and the all-rounders have not had the best of time in the tournament up until now. The bowling side will know that Yorkshire has a strong top-order but it can be broken down to expose a relatively long tail.
Ian Bell, Ed Pollock, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Grant Elliott, CR Woakes, Tim Ambrose, Jeetan Patel, WB Rankin, Olly Stone.
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Some rain has been forecast on match day and the chance of another truncated game is a very real possibility. The big hitters on both sides will be lining up to take advantage of a flat deck in Yorkshire. The bowlers will have to use all their guile to be able to get away with reasonable figures.
A total of around 170 should be considered par.
We think Birmingham has a stronger T20 side than Yorkshire and should be able to record its second win over Yorkshire in this season of the Vitality Blast.
Back Yorkshire to win.