The South Group match of the T20 Blast, 2020 will be played between Hampshire and Sussex at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT). This match can be viewed on the Fan Code app in India.
After a break of a week where the last round of Bob Willis Trophy took place, the T20 Blast has returned and it resumes with the South Group encounter between Hampshire and Sussex. The former side has managed to win only a solitary match out of the three completed matches. Sussex, on the other hand, have been faring better with two wins.
Hampshire will be boosted with James Vince’s return to the side while the Hampshire have secured the services of Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi. Chris Jordan has also returned to Sussex squad after the conclusion of the T20I series against Australia.
The recent T20I series between Australia and England was played at this venue and it was on the slower side. However, this match might be played on a different pitch. If the same surface used in the T20I series is used, then it will turn out to be a relatively low-scoring match.
Average first-innings score: 155 (During ENG-AUS T20I series)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
James Vince (C), Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (WK), James Fuller, Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi.
Bench – Brad Wheal, Felix Organ, Scott Currie, Ajeet Dale.
Luke Wright (C), Ben Brown (WK), Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Ravi Bopara, Aaron Thomason, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Will Beer/Ollie Robinson.
Bench – Ali Orr, Will Beer/Ollie Robinson, Stuart Meaker.
Luke Wright has scored 157 runs in four matches so far in this year’s T20 Blast at a strike-rate of 150. His best score of 82 came against the same opposition earlier in the tournament.
David Wiese batted in three innings amassing 160 runs with the best score of 79* and also bowled three overs while not conceding many runs.
James Vince returns to lead Sussex with a relatively less match practice in the recent times. He scored 407 runs in 12 innings at an average of 40.7 during the last year’s T20 Blast.
Sussex are in a better position in the T20 Blast this year and only Vince’s arrival is not going to save the day for the Hampshire it seems. He will have to single-handedly win the game for Hampshire in that case. For now, it seems that the Sussex are the favourites.
Our Prediction: Sussex are expected to win this match.
Best Bet:Luke Wright to be the Away Team Top Batsman @3.50 at 10Cric - 10 Units
Value Bet: Sussex @1.64 to win the match at comeon! – 15 Units