Somerset vs Northamptonshire
Vitality T20 Blast 2020, Match 78
Date & Time: 18 September, 2020 at 09:30 PM IST
The match 78 of the Vitality T20 Blast is an important encounter for both the teams. The tournament has reached its flag end and both the teams are in dire need of securing the coveted knockout spot. Northamptonshire is coming off three straight losses and will be hoping to turn things around in this match. Whereas Somerset has found some rhythm with Babar Azam getting back to form. Even though Northamptonshire looks balanced on paper, Somerset who is coming off a win stands a better chance to win this encounter.
Somerset to win the match
Head to Head (In T20 Blast Overall)
Head to Head (at Taunton)
Somerset had a bad start to their campaign, they started off by losing two of their initial matches, and then bounced back from thereon. They are positioned fourth on the points table with 7 points to their name from 8 matches. A couple of wins in the next few matches will increase their total points to 11 points. Along with that their superior net run-rate will ensure that they end up ahead of all other teams in the group. Their batting has gained confidence from the herculean knock that Babar Azam played in the last match. He scored a 62 ball 114 to take Somerset home in a much important match against Glamorgan. If the rest of the batting too can step up, then they are a strong force.
Northamptonshire is placed comfortably in the second spot, but their campaign had seen a downward curve in the last three matches as they lost all of those matches, thereby letting their qualification chances in jeopardy. They will be hoping to turn things around against the Somerset line-up.
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Betting odds Prediction
SOM Playing 11– Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Abell, Babar Azam, Dom Bess, Steve Davies, Lewis Goldsworthy, Craig Overton, Ollie Sale, Will Smeed, Roelof van der Merwe, Max Waller.
NOR Playing 11 – Joshua Cobb (c), Richard Levi, Paul Stirling, Adam Rossington (wk), Alex Wakely, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Saif Zaib, Graeme White, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson, Brandon Glover
There is less chance of rain interrupting the match and hence full 40 overs of play is expected. The pitch looks ideal for batting. The captain who wins the toss is most likely to chase, considering the weak bowling line-up of both the teams. The team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 185 runs on the board.
Predicted first innings score:
If Somerset bats first: 180-190
If Northamptonshire bats first: 150-160
Players who are expected to perform well as per Dream11 Prediction.
Top batsman: Babar Azam
He scored a mammoth 114 of 52 balls in the last match against a strong Glamorgan side and he is expected to lead the havoc at top of the order for Somerset in this match as well.
Top Bowler: Van der Merve
None of the bowlers from both teams has had an outstanding tournament so far. But given the conditions, Van der Merve is expected to outcast other bowlers.
Most Sixes: Paul Stirling
This Irish batsman has the power to hit tons of sixes. Look out for him in today’s match.
Man of the Match: Babar Azam
Babar’s contribution with the bat will matter for his team much more than ever. Being one of the main players of the side, he is expected to step up to the occasion. As for cricket betting tips, it would be wise to invest in him for today’s match.
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