NOT vs WOR Dream11 : Two colossal sides get ready to battle it out in the first semi-final of the premier T20 league
After a good little break as the English domestic T20 league broke off after its set of quarter-final fixtures to move to red ball cricket, the Blast is back for one last sortie as its final day descends upon us. A hectic and congested but equally enthralling Saturday sees three matches scheduled, starting from the semi-finals to the final as teams get ready to fight it out for a bid at being called 2019 champions.
And it was only apt that a league which has revelled us in a savoury soiree, one filled with frantic and exhilarating cricket saw its concluding day beginning with a cracker of a match. After their respective results in the quarter-finals, both Nott Outlaws and Worcestershire Rapids enter today’s clash as firm favourites for the glistening trophy, a stature which is bound to see them escalate their performances.
Both the North Group sides endured different journeys in the group stage encounters before decimating their opponents in the ensuing round. For Notts Outlaws, it’s been a speckle free and unblemished journey, one in which the side ended up in second place in their group before eventually making light work of Middlesex in the quarter-finals.
It what was the most one-sided clash contested in the round, Notts Outlaws registered a clinical 10 wicket win as they chased down the 166 run target set infront of them without any qualms by 10 wickets with 22 balls to spare. Elsewhere for last year’s champions Worcestershire Rapids, the marquee league threatened to shut them out in the group stages itself before a late surge by the side saw them end in fourth place in the North Group.
They subsequently went onto showcase their true potential as they overwhelmed with an 8 wicket win over Sussex Sharks. Despite heading out in pursuit of what looked to be a tricky 183 run target, the side cruised to a win in 17.4 overs, laying down their credentials as one of the strongest sides remaining in the tournamnet.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
A pristine wicket for batting, the bowlers are going to have their work cut out in today’s encounter with the batsmen putting on diminutive batting displays to blow them apart. With the surface set to prevail for the entirety of the 40 overs, the side winning the toss will be looking to step out and field first today.
Probable Playing 11
Chris Nash, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Samit Patel, Tom Moores (WK), Dan Christian (C), Imad Wasim, Luke Wood, Mattew Carter, Harry Gurney
Jack Leach, Riki Wessels, Moeen Ali (C), Ben Cox (WK), Thomas Charles Fell, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Daryl Mitchell, Dillion Pennington, Charlie Morris, Patrick Brown
NOT vs WOR Match Prediction
This promises to be a jaffer of a contest with all the ingredients imbued for a titillating clash. Both the sides look extremely menacing with their being little to separate them but what does see the balance shift in Notts Outlaws favour is ther bowling unit, one which has the capability to limit runs on such a track.
The barest of margins will decide who wins this one with Notts Outlaws just about managing to traverse their way to the summit clash today.
Vitality Blast 2019
Match: Notts Outlaws Vs Worcestershire Rapids Semi-Final 1
Date And Time: 21st September, Saturday- 3:30pm IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Where To Watch: FanCode
- Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby, Harry Gurney
- Jack Leach, Riki Wessels, Ben Cox, Patrick Brown
Top 4 Batting Order
- Chris Nash, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Jake Libby
- Jack Leach, Riki Wessels, Moeen Ali, Ben Cox
- Alex Hales, Jake Libby
- Jack Leach, Riki Wessels
Death Overs Bowlers
- Mattew Carter, Harry Gurney
- Charlie Morris, Patrick Brown
NOT vs WOR Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Worcestershire Rapids’ wicket-keeper, Ben Cox has been opted by us for today’s match. The players holds a good little spot in the batting order, one which serves him with judicious time to come out and either control the flow of the match or open his arms with intent and slam the ball to the boundary.
NOT vs WOR Dream11 Batsmen
Given how perfect a batting track we will be indulged in today and the might these sides come packed with in the batting order, it would have been a calamitous mistake if we had decided to cut slack over here. We’ll begin with our entire trivalent from Notts Outlaws as we peel off the entire top-order from their side, getting in both their openers on an immediate priority with Alex Hales and Chris Nash coming into our side.
The two were responsible for their side’s resounding win in the last match, putting on one of the biggest opening stands in this edition as they stitched together a 165 run partnership in the bygone match. Hales got 83 while Nash who was playing his first match for the side remained unbeaten on 74 to make these two instant picks along with Ben Duckett.
Elsewhere from the other side, we have Riki Wessels complete our picks for today’s encounter in the batting order.
NOT vs WOR Dream11 All-Rounders
Notts Outlaws’ dominate yet again with a formidable duo being opted to by us, one which is composed of Dan Christian and Samit Patel. Both have been pivotal on the bowling front for their side’s snaring wickets at crucial juncture while being adequate in wielding the bat as well, seeing us opt for a partnership which promises to impress today.
From the other side we have gone in with Moeen Ali who has put on some good displays ever since being shunned out of England’s Ashes series side. He scored 121 in 60 balls in the last match and with him being escalated in the batting order along with getting the four overs of spin, he is someone we just couldn’t ignore for this match.
NOT vs WOR Dream11 Bowling Order
Today’s encounter is all about choosing the bowlers who’ll be operating with the new ball and in the death overs with wickets likeliest to tumble down at these junctures. This rhetoric saw us move in with Ed Barnard and Pat Brown from Worcestershire Rapids with Barnard sending down a spell of 2-21 in the last match.
Our final pick comes from Notts Outlaws with Matthew Carter closing out our team after a display of 2-16 with the ball.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Hales is being our side’s captain for today while Ali is chosen as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.