Sussex and Somerset tussle in the second semi-final on Finals day – September 15, 2018

Sussex and Somerset tussle in the second semi-final on Finals day – September 15, 2018

Sussex vs Somerset info:

Date of match: September 15, 2018

Time of Match: 19:00 IST

Location of Match: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Format: T20 International

Series: Vitality Blast

Team A: Sussex

Team B: Somerset

Team A Captain: Luke Wright

Team B Captain: Lewis Gregory

MATCH PREVIEW

Sussex played their last game on 24th August when they defeated Durham in the second quarterfinal by 5 wickets with 10 balls remaining. Led by the strong show from their bowlers Sussex restricted a strong Durham team to a small total of 144 runs. They chased this total with ease helped by a fine knock by Laurie Evans who scored 63 off just 47 deliveries.

Somerset, on the other hand, played their last game on 26th-27th August in a rain-hit quarterfinal against Nottinghamshire. The match was extended to its reserve day as the rain had hit the game on 26th August. In a rare victory for the team batting first, Somerset set the total of 209 runs against Nottinghamshire. Their innings was full of useful contributions from everyone most notably by the skipper’s Lewis Gregory knock of 60 runs off just 24 balls which helped them finish off the innings strongly. In reply, Jamie Overton’s 5 wicket haul completely derailed the innings of Nottinghamshire resulting in a fine 19 runs win.

Sussex had a slow start to their campaign despite the presence of two T20 stalwarts Jofra Archer and Rashid Khan. But later these two players helped resurrect their campaign and while Rashid Khan has now left to play for Afghanistan in Asia Cup, Archer is still there to help his team. Rashid and Archer have been the star performer with the ball for their team with 17 wickets and 18 wickets respectively.

Their batting has been held strongly by Laurie Evans who has scored 554 runs in 13 games at a strike rate of 138. Evans is the third highest run scorer in the tournament behind Aaron Finch and Ian Bell. He has been supported ably by Luke Wright and PD Salt both of whom have scored more than 300 runs in the tournament so far. The trio will have to be at their best to compete against the strong line up of Somerset.

Somerset, on the other hand, has had contributions from everyone in their batting line up. While Corey Anderson has been their highest scorer with 466 runs at an impressive strike rate of 171. There are four other players who have scored over 300 runs for them. That has been the secret of them consistently reaching the scores of 200 runs in the tournament.

While Jerome Taylor has picked up the most 18 wickets in the tournament for Somerset, he has been brilliantly supported by their skipper Lewis Gregory who apart from scoring over 300 runs has also picked up 17 wickets in the tournament.

This clash may very well be decided by how well Sussex bowlers led by Jofra Archer bowl to Somerset’s strong batting line up.

MATCH INFORMATION

Sussex and Somerset will clash in the second semi-final on what will be the finals day. The first semi-finals between Worcestershire and Lancashire are scheduled to be played before this game. The winner of that game and this game will play the final later in the day. Somerset and Sussex finished first and third respectively in their group. While Somerset won 10 outs of 14 games in the group stage, Sussex won 7 games out of 14 games. Somerset win count of 10 games is the most for any team in both Group A and Group B.

SUSSEX STARTING LINEUP

  • PD Salt
  • Luke Wright
  • LJ Evans
  • DMW Rawlins
  • David Wiese
  • MGK Burgess
  • Jofra Archer
  • CJ Jordan
  • WAT Beer
  • DR Briggs
  • Tymal Mills

SOMERSET STARTING LINEUP

  • SM Davies
  • JG Myburgh
  • PD Trego
  • JC Hildreth
  • TM Abell
  • Corey Anderson
  • Lewis Gregory
  • RE van der Merwe
  • Jamie Overton
  • MTC Waller
  • Jerome Taylor

TOSS PREDICTION

Somerset won their quarterfinal game batting first, but we suspect with their batting line up they would be comfortable chasing the total. Sussex on the other would like to chase as well after restricting Somerset to a gettable score.

MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH

Pitch will be great for batting. However, if it’s the same pitch on which first semi-final will be played then it may get drier by the time second innings start of this game. Conditions are expected to be dry.

BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION

Somerset will begin the game as the outright favourite. They were the most successful team of the group stage and the way they played in the quarterfinal it is hard to look past them. However, Sussex has the bowling to surprise them but if it will be a shootout between the batting then Somerset will emerge victoriously.

Who will Win? – Somerset
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, JC Hildreth
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 2, Jofra Archer
Most Sixes – Corey Anderson
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BetRallyIndia.com Odds

Sussex – 1.90

Somerset – 1.90

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