Cricket Prediction – Worcestershire take on Lancashire in First Semi-final of Vitality Blast – September 15, 2018

Cricket Prediction – Worcestershire take on Lancashire in First Semi-final of Vitality Blast – September 15, 2018

Worcestershire vs Lancashire info:

Date of match: September 15, 2018

Time of Match: 15:30 IST

Location of Match: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Format: T20 International

Series: Vitality Blast

Team A: Worcestershire

Team B: Lancashire

Team A Captain: Moeen Ali

Team B Captain: DJ Vilas

MATCH PREVIEW

In the last 5 games played between the two sides, Lancashire has had the upper hand on Worcestershire. Lancashire has won 2 out of those 5 games while Worcestershire defeated them on one occasion in this very tournament. In that game, Worcestershire chased down the total of 188 runs with one ball remaining.

However, a lot has changed for them since then, BL D’Oliveira was the captain of the team then and one of their most reliable batsman Calum Ferguson has returned to Australia. Not all is grim though, Moeen Ali who was instrumental in them reaching the semi-finals is now leading them. He is in a very confident mode right now with both the useful contributions in Vitality Blast as well as helping England win the series over India.

For Lancashire too a lot has changed, LS Livingstone was leading the side earlier in the tournament but now DJ Vilas has taken over from him. Lancashire finished the group stage at number 3 in their group with 8 wins out of 14 games. For Lancashire AL Davies has been the highest scorer in the tournament with 525 runs out of 14 games at an average of 58 and strike rate of 130.27. He has been supported brilliantly by Jordan Clark who has scored 188 runs but at a strike rate of 146. Lancashire also had Jos Butler play for them in the quarterfinal and it remains to be seen if he is available for selection on the finals day.

Lancashire has also been bolstered by their attack consisting of MW Parkinson and Australia’s James Faulkner, both of whom have picked 23 and 19 wickets respectively. Parkinson picked up 3 wickets in the quarterfinal as well. His role will be crucial on a day where run scoring is expected to be easier.

Worcestershire too isn’t short of firepower. While their highest scorer in the tournament Calum Ferguson is no longer with the side, their second highest scorer Joe Clarke is still there. He has scored 358 runs in the 13 games at a strike rate of 158. The onus to take the initiative will once again be with Moeen Ali who has scored 252 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 177.

Patrick Brown has single-handedly taken the ownership of picking up the wickets for them as he has picked 27 wickets in 14 games so far. That is the highest number of wickets taken in the tournament so far. He will have to be at his best if he has to take his side through once again.

MATCH INFORMATION

Worcestershire will take on Lancashire in the first semi-final of Vitality Blast. It will be the first game of the finals day where two semi-finals and the final will be played on the same day. In the second semi-final, Sussex will play Somerset. The winner of these two semi-finals will then take on each other later in the day at Edgbaston, Birmingham. It has been a pretty long tournament with the first game played all the way back on 4th of July when Northamptonshire took on Leicestershire. The last game of the tournament was played on 26th and 27th September when Somerset defeated Nottinghamshire in the rain-affected quarterfinal.

WORCESTERSHIRE STARTING LINEUP

  • Joe Clarke
  • Moeen Ali
  • BL D’Oliveira
  • OB Cox
  • RA Whiteley
  • Wayne Parnell
  • TC Fell
  • EG Barnard
  • DKH Mitchell
  • L Wood
  • Patrick Brown

LANCHASHIRE STARTING LINEUP

  • AL Davies
  • Jos Butler
  • AM Lilley
  • Keaton Jennings
  • DJ Vilas
  • Jordan Clark
  • SJ Croft
  • James Faulkner
  • TJ Lester
  • MW Parkinson
  • Zahir Khan

TOSS PREDICTION

In both the quarterfinals that these two teams played, they won the game chasing the total. While Worcestershire themselves chose to bat second, Lancashire was told to chase the total by Kent. Both the sides will be willing to continue that trend and chase the total on winning the toss.

MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH

Pitch in Edgbaston is expected to be a belter with the lightning quick outfield. It is going to be a grand finals day and curators will leave no stone unturned in making a belter of a pitch. Conditions are expected to be dry and free of rain.

BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION

Lancashire will begin this game as our favourite. Worcestershire has a key man missing for them hence, it will be difficult for them to find a new run scorer for them unless Moeen Ali decides to go berserk. Lancashire has all their men who played in the quarterfinal fit and raring to go. If they can get Jos Butler playing that will be an even bigger boost.

Who will Win? – Lancashire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, AL Davies
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 3, MW Parkinson
Most Sixes – AL Davies
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BetRallyIndia.com Odds

Worcestershire – 1.74
Lancashire – 2.10

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