Derbyshire, a team riding high on confidence will take on Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on Friday. The hosts are languishing at the bottom of the points table and are desperate for a win after having lost couple of matches. Which team holds the upper hand in this contest? Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both teams in order to predict the winner of this particular contest.
Alex Hales at the top! With the likes of Alex Hales as the opener, Nottinghamshire have a hard hitter in the top order. If Ales Hales smells blood, he can take down bowlers at will. He is yet to find form this tournament but once he gets going, it’ll be a intricate task for oppositions to stop Alex from scoring.
Quality all-rounders in the team! In the form of Samit Patel and Daniel Christian, the Notts have two of the finest all-rounders of the shortest format. Samit can play the role of an anchor and take crucial wickets while Christian has the ability to hit authoritative sixes and strike at crucial intervals.
Steven Mullaney at his best! Mullaney has played a couple of tremendous knocks in the tournament so far. His team ended on the losing side in both matches, but Mullaney gave his pre eminent shot. He’ll look to continue playing in the same manner and get wins for his team in matches ahead.
Yet to get off the mark! With two successive losses at the start of the tournament, Notts find themselves languishing at the bottom of points table. Their net run rate is appalling and only a few wins in the next few matches will get the team back on track.
Bowlers have disappointed! As Nottinghamshire’s bowlers have been disappointing in the tournament, the team is yet to get off the mark. They conceded 200+ runs against Yorkshire and that match has been the reason behind their dire run rate in the league.
Nottinghamshire squad – Michael Lumb, Alex Hales, Riki Wessels, Samit Patel, Daniel Christian, Steven Mullaney, Tom Moores, Luke Wood, Ish Sodhi, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Jake Libby, Brett Hutton, James Pattinson, Greg Smith, Chris Read, Brendan Taylor, Matthew Carter.
Table toppers! Having won three out of their four matches, Derbyshire are positioned at the number 2 spot in the points table. Their net run rate is decent as well and the way this team is playing in NatWest T20 Blast, it seems they’ll make it to the knock outs easily.
Explosive batsmen in the line-up! Billy Godleman, Luis Reece and Wayne Madsen have played some compelling knocks in Derbyshire’s flourishing triumphs in the tournament. With most of the top order batsmen scoring quick runs, Derbyshire have things sorted when it comes to their batting.
Wilson with the finishing touch! Gary Wilson has played those crucial cameos coming down the order. The Irish batsman has been pretty steady in the tournament and he has the skill to play match winning knocks too. Gary has played only a few deliveries in the tournament, but he has been quite impressive in the limited number of overs he has played.
Disappointing Matt Henry! Kiwi pacer Matt Henry has let his team down with his wayward bowling. The pacer has the reputation of bowling regularly in the 150s but batsmen have found it really easy to score against the Kiwi speedster. Derbyshire are winning most of their matches, but if Henry continues to leak runs, he’ll soon be dropped from the playing XI.
Derbyshire squad – Billy Godleman, Ben Slater, Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Gary Wilson, Matthew Critchley, Daryn Smit, Matt Henry, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Tahir, Tom Milnes, Harvey Hosein, Rob Hemmings, Tony Palladino, Ben Cotton, Will Davis, Jeevan Mendis.
Match Prediction – Nottinghamshire are yet to win a game in this season of NatWest T20 Blast. But, as they’re playing this contest at home, it’s their best chance to get off the mark. Derbyshire are a strong team, but Notts have the players in their team who can take down stronger oppositions. Hence, we are expecting a Nottinghamshire victory in this contest.
Possible winner – Nottinghamshire