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Toss Winner - Worcestershire won the toss and chose to bowl first
Worcestershire beat Nottinghamshire by 5 wickets
Notts Outlaws' hunt for seventh consecutive win
Notts Outlaws to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: County Ground,New Road, Worcester, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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We have entered the most important phase of the T20 Blast 2023. The teams are fighting hard to be among the Top 4 and qualify for the next round. The 97th game between the Worcestershire Rapids and Notts Outlaws will be interesting in this context. The Rapids defeated the Lancashire Lightning in the last game, while the Notts Outlaws also come into this contest with a win against Leicestershire Foxes.
The Worcestershire Rapids had won the earlier game between the two teams, but they don't have a great record against the Outlaws, winning only once in the last four games. The Outlaws have a powerful batting line-up with big games in the side. It will be interesting to see which sides emerge victorious in this game.
Brett D'Oliveira's side put up a good show against the Lancashire Lightning in the last game. They chased down the score clinically to win by 7 wickets, moving to the third position on the points table. Their batsmen are in good form, and D'Oliveira would like to use this momentum and get a step closer to qualifying for the knockouts.
Jack Haynes played a superb knock in the last game, and he will look to deliver a good start in this game along with skipper Brett D'Oliveira. The Rapids have a formidable middle order, and they will need runs from Adam Hose, Mitchell Santner, and Kashif Ali. Ben Cox, Ed Pollock, and Usama Mir add strength to their batting in the lower middle order.
The bowlers did a fine job in the last game, and the side will expect good spells with the new ball from Dillon Pennington and Santner. Patrick Brown and Josh Tongue bowled poor lines and must do well in the game. D'Oliveira and Usama Mir add variety to the attack, and they must do well in the supporting role.
Brett D'Oliveira (c), Jack Haynes, Mitchell Santner, Adam Hose, Kashif Ali, Ben Cox (wk), Ed Pollock, Usama Mir, Patrick Brown, Josh Tongue, Dillon Pennington
Ed Pollock, Pat Brown, Ben Cox, Dillon Pennington, Kashif Ali, Adam Hose, Jack Haynes, Usama Mir, Mitchell Santner, Matthew Waite, Brett D Oliveira
Steven Mullaney's side is continuing with its good show in the tournament. They defeated the Leicestershire Foxex by 22 runs in the last game. It was their sixth consecutive win of the season. A win here will assure them of a place in the knockout, and Mullaney would aim for it in this game.
Joe Clarke has been consistent this season and will look to deliver a strong start with Alex Hales in this game. In the middle order, the side would like to see partnerships between Colin Munro, Matthew Montgomery, and Tom Moores. Samit Patel, Mullaney, and Shaheen Afridi can strike the ball cleanly and add firepower to this line-up.
Shaheen Afridi bowled well in the last game and will look for early wickets, sharing the new ball with Samit Patel. Matthew Carter's tight spells won it for the side in the last game, and he will have an important role in the middle overs with Jake Ball. Mullaney and Calvin Harrison complete a strong bowling attack for the team.
Steven Mullaney (c), Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Matthew Montgomery, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Calvin Harrison, Shaheen Afridi, Matthew Carter, Jake Ball
Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Matthew Carter, Matthew Montgomery, Lyndon James, Joe Clarke, Tom Moores, Haseeb Hameed, Shaheen Afridi, Calvin Harrison, Jake Ball
Worchester will have overcast skies, but the pitch played well in the last game, where batsmen were able to hit through the line. Bowlers will find some assistance early on in the game. The side scoring more than 180 batting first should win the game.
It is a small park at New Road, Worcester, and this has always allowed batsmen to play their aggressive game. Fast bowlers have to bowl tight lines to earn rewards, but there is always something for them with the new balls. It isn't the best venue for a spinner as the shorter boundaries make it challenging to toss the ball.
We expect bowling-friendly conditions at Worcester at the start of the game, and this is likely to play in the minds of both captains. Most teams have preferred to bowl first on this wicket and given the weather conditions we expect the side that wins the toss to bowl here on this wicket.
Worcestershire Rapids come into this game with a win, but they are up against a side that has demolished opponents. Their bowlers will face a tough challenge and must do well for the side to win. The Notts Outlaws have built strong momentum, and their top order has performed to its best abilities. It makes them favorites in this game.
Notts Outlaws to win
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