About the Match
Traditional rivals Yorkshire and Lancashire will face off in this match and lending even more interest will be the fact that both teams need this victory badly to keep their tournament in good health. Their last match was hit by rain at a crucial juncture and fans will be hoping to get a full spectacle this time around.
The Vikings stumbled against the most pitiful team of the tournament this year, the Durham Jets, and did not do any favors to their campaign. They need to regroup quickly though and be absolutely charged up for this match because they currently sit outside the top 4.
Only four wins from their eleven matches this year is a disappointing return for Yorkshire. Even taking their two no results in order, they have not shown the fluency that could be expected of them with a strong team at their disposal.
The stand out batsmen for Yorkshire this season have been David Willey and Adam Lyth. Both of them have scored over 300 runs with Willey in fact close to reaching 400 runs for the season. The pair also has 33 sixes between them, an astonishing number that many of the other teams could not match in total.
Yorkshire has no dearth of hitting power though with Leaning and Tom Kohler-Cadmore clearing the boundaries with consistency as well.
Sarfaraz Ahmad has also started well in the tournament to give Yorkshire plenty of batting depth.
Their bowling is also very dependable, almost to the point of being too predictable. Rashid, Patterson, Bresnan, Rafiq, and Willey have bowled the bulk of the overs in this tournament. All of them have above 10 wickets to their name but no one has more than 11!
Lancashire enters this match on the back of a win against the hapless Leicestershire. They will be most pleased that every single one of their top-order batsmen was able to get a decent hit and score some runs.
The current lineup of Brown, Livingstone, Buttler, and Vilas is very impressive and is followed by Ryan McLaren who recently scored 77 to almost win a match off his own bat.
There is no question that Jos Buttler is the lynchpin of this batting lineup and would be looked to in a big match like this.
Yorkshire has plenty of six hitting prowess in its team but Lancashire is no slouch when it comes to clearing the boundaries either. Buttler has 10 sixes, Livingstone 13 and four other batsmen have more than 5 sixes to his name.
Lancashire does not have the same consistency in its bowling though and none of its bowlers have taken more than 8 wickets so far. Junaid Khan is the one bowler who can make a quick and decisive impact but his form seems to have dropped off after the excellent Champions Trophy he had.
Khan, Lilley, Parry, and Parkinson will have to get their lines right if they are to stop a very strong Yorkshire batting lineup.
Pitch and Conditions
A slightly cloudy day with sunshine for the most day has been forecast for the match. Leeds has been one of the highest scoring grounds this season and with a couple of very strong batting lineups, the sky could be the limit here.
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