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We are still early into the Vitality T20 Blast 2022 and have already witnessed some spectacular moments. The points table is just about taking the shape beautifully and the next few matches are going to put the ladder into the shape and all sides are going to come in hard in the following few days.
Up next in the competition, Worcestershire Rapids are set to take on Lancashire Lightning in an important North Group fixture. Both these sides are languishing in the bottom half of the ladder at the moment and will be desperate to win this one. The match is to be played at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester on Sunday, 29th May.
Lancashire's opening game was washed away due to the rain and even though they haven't truly participated in the tournament yet, they wouldn't be too worried. Largely because they have been one of the most consistent sides across the groups, they will be pretty confident of doing well hereon, despite the fact that they are languishing at the seventh spot at the moment.
In the last five years of Vitality T20 Blast, Lancashire have managed to qualify for the finals day twice and have not qualified the knockouts only once, which speaks volumes about the consistency they have shown. Led by Dane Vilas, the team oozes talent and experience and has T20 specialists running right through the order.
With IPL almost completed, Tim David will be available for Lancashire and his availability his certainly a massive boost for the Lightning. He is coming off an excellent run for Mumbai Indians and his ability to smash quicker bowlers could come in handy at Old Trafford. Although Jos Buttler would not be available for the upcoming match, the likes of Liam Livingstone, Dane Vilas, and Tim David in the middle-order are enough to intimidate any bowling attack.
On the bowling front as well, Lancashire Lightning look well equipped with the likes of Josh Bohannon and Matt Parkinson available. They also have the likes of Luke Wood and Tom Hartley, who all have shown their mettle in their respective careers.
All in all, the availability of certain stars in their batting lineup is still unclear and if the likes of Livingstone, David, and Buttler are all unavailable together, the pressure on the likes of Salt and Jennings to do well at the top would be massive. Having said that, barring Buttler, the other players are expected to be available at least in the beginning of the tournament. On the bowling front too, the Lightning look decently balanced. If they are able to play to their potential in this upcoming match, they should be well in business to notch their first win of the competition.
Philip Salt, Keaton Jennings, Dane Vilas, Liam Livingstone, Steven Croft, Tim David, Danny Lamb, Luke Wood, Tom Hartley, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Worcestershire Rapids have been a force to reckon with in the T20 Blast over the last few years, but they have not really gotten off to the kind of start they would have wanted. Also, they have often been a mere shadow of themselves without Moeen Ali and that seems to be the case this year as well.
In the tournament so far, they have played two and lost both those matches. As a result, they are placed at the second spot from the bottom, with zero points and a poor net run rate of -0.666. It is imperative for them to win this match unless they want to get into a tricky position from where they'll have to maintain record consistency to get through to the next round.
With Moeen Ali absent, Worcestershire Rapids do appear to be lacking the balance that they are so well known for. A lot depends on how Ed Pollock and Brett D'Oliveira do at the top, as far as their performance with the bat is concerned. Although Colin Munro did well in the last match, scoring 66 off 43 deliveries, he seems to be playing out of position at the moment.
On the bowling front as well, the Rapids lack necessary experience and sharpness. They have a few match-winners available, but lack of effective options can sometimes render even the frontline bowlers ineffective and it wasn't too different in their defence against Nottinghamshire.
Considering how they have done in the competition so far, Worcestershire have a lot of areas to improve at. They certainly do have the personnel to do that and execution is all that will matter in this upcoming contest. If they are able to play to their potential in this upcoming match, they will certainly test Lancashire Lightning to the fullest in this upcoming game.
Ed Pollock, Brett D Oliveira, Jack Haynes, Colin Munro, Jake Libby, Ben Cox, Ed Barnard, Matthew Waite, Josh Baker, Patrick Brown, Charlie Morris.
Both these sides are languishing in the bottom half of the ladder and no one would want to continue doing so. A win here could go a long way to keep them ahead in the run for the knockouts and both sides would be desperate for that. Considering that Lancashire have not yet played a complete game yet, not a lot can be commented on their form. Worcestershire, on the other hand, are definitely struggling. Lancashire Lightning also appear to be having a better-balanced side between the two, at least on paper, and are, therefore, our pick as the winners for this upcoming contest.
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