The Hampshire and Somerset team will lock horns in the Semi-final 1 of the T20 Blast 2021. The T20 Blast has resumed after the international series and The Hundred. The Hampshire have the presence of players like James Vince and Kyle Abbott. While, Somerset will need performances of Tom Banton and Craig Overton. The Somerset team is led by Lewis Gregory and James Vince captains the Hampshire team.
The Hampshire team secured 6 wins in 14 league matches and then won the quarter-final against Nottinghamshire to reach semis. While Somerset was quite impressive with 8 wins in the same number of league matches and then beat Lanchashire to clinch the semis spot. It will be a tough contest with both teams having experienced players.
This will be the Semi-final 1 of the English T20 Blast 2021, and all the play-offs matches will get concluded today at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The tournaments like English T20 Blast has been a terrific contest to improve the performances of their international players as well as groom youngsters in the shortest format of the game, while also involve the overseas players.
Fixture Name: Semi-final 1
Competition: English T20 Blast 2021
Date: 18 September
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
HAM(recent last): W W W
SOM(recent last): W W W
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Pitch Report: The match between HAM and SOM will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Now the rain showers are expected to allow the players to play a full match. The pitch is expected to be fine for batters, and can allow the pace bowlers to get purchase off the surface with a new white-cherry. The par score on this venue is 165, and the team needs to strive hard to score runs.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Warwickshire 191/6 won by 14 runs against Northamptonshire 177/8 in English T20 Blast 2021
The Somerset team is quite strong and is given priority in the Dream11 prediction as well. The top pick from wicket-keeping will be Tom Banton, and James Vince has been a consistent run-scorer. Then, all-rounder Lawson and Gregory have a fine experience in the T20 format. The bowlers Lange and Wheal will lead your bowling attack, and look to continue their fine form.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Tom Banton, Lewis McManus
BATSMEN: James Vince, Tom Abell, James Hildreth
ALL-ROUNDERS: Liam Dawson, Lewis Greogory, Roelof Van der Merwe
BOWLERS: Marchant De Lange, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
The Somerset team is expected to win this fixture and play tonight’s finals against the winner of Semifinal 2. They have a fine balance and experience in their squads to overcome the comparatively weaker Hampshire team. While, Hampshire team are the under-dogs with less experienced players and would look to compete well in the match and entertain the crowd and the cricket fans.
The Hampshire team has won their last 3 league matches and will be confident about their performances. In the last league match, they won a thriller by 2 runs which was a quarter-final fixture, and would look to continue their fine performances. The top performers from the batting unit were Tom Prest and James Fuller, while Liam Dawson and Bradley Wheal were impressive with the ball.
The top-order batter has been terrific in the limited-overs format in the domestic cricket and is possibly the most reliable pick for this fixture and would look to continue the same form. In the last league match, he could score only 6 runs but has accumulated a total of 371 runs which would keep him upbeat ahead of this crucial semi-final fixture.
The bowler has been quite impressive in the T20 Blast 2021 and will be vital to the team’s campaign for the next 2 matches, if they win this match. He has been pitch-perfect with his execution and can nail yorkers and slower balls at the right point of time. In the last league match, he picked 2 wickets at a fine economy rate and bowled the final over to seal the final ball victory to the team.
Captain: James Vince
Wicket-keeper: Lewis Mcmanus
Possible Top Four: Tom Prest, Tom Alsop, James Vince, Joe Waetherley
Possible Opening Bowlers: Bradley Wheal, Scott Curie
The X-factors for HAM would be Mason Crane and Joe Weatherley who would look to replicate their past performances for the team. The Australian all-rounder D’Arcy Short would not be available, and Tom Alsop has replaced him in the squad.
HAM Playing 11 (likely)
The Somerset team is likely to win this fixture on the back of their terrific performers who have extensive experience in the T20 format. In the last league match( Quarter-Final), they chase down the score of 185 in 18 overs, and have a power-packed batting line-up. The crucial performers will be Tom Banton and Lewis Gregory who have good experience in international format.
Tom Banton might not be in the top scorers of the season, as he has not featured in every game. His performances in the games he has played, has been note-worthy, especially the one where he hit a 47 ball ton, which helped his team, beat Kent by 10 wickets. In 9 matches, he has scored 237 runs and would look to maintain the same form.
Lewis Gregory has been economical and very good with his bowling this season. He has picked up 12 wickets in this season, with a 5 wicket haul too by his name. He has also captained the side, and will be excited to take his team to the finals. He recently made his international debut for England, and was impressive in his performances.
Captain: Lewis Gregory
Wicket-keeper: Tom Banton
Possible Top Four: Tom Banton, Will Smeed, James Hildreth, Tom Abell
Possible Opening Bowlers: Josh Davey, Craig Overton
The X-factors for SOM would be Will Smeed who was terrific in the recently completed The Hundred, and Tom Abell who has been the most consistent run-scorer across all formats. The players like Craig Overton and Josh Davey will return to the team.
SOM Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Hampshire vs Somerset English T20 Blast 2021 Live score and streaming on Fancode and YouTube. All the news updates related to the English T20 Blast 2021 will be available on the England Cricket Board website. While, the English T20 Blast 2021 stats can be viewed on the third-party websites. The photo updates and man-of -the match awards felicitations can be viewed on each team’s respective official Twitter account.
The HAM vs SOM match will not be broadcasted on any Television Channel, as none of the channels have television rights to telecast English T20 Blast 2021. The ball-to-ball commentary and live streaming action will be available on the FanCode and YouTube app. The crowd will be allowed in the stadium due to the easing restrictions of the UK Government.