Date & Time: Thursday, September 10, 23:05 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
The Vitality T20 Blast is back for its second phase. It is Sussex, who will be locking horns with Hampshire to resume the tournament. Both teams have enough reasons to give their best in the middle tonight. Sussex looks for second spot in the points table while Hampshire needs this victory to put themselves in the scheme of things for next level.
Sussex has won two out of their four matches in the season so far. One of the remaining two games was washed out and the other ended in loss. Currently, they are placed third in the table and will have a promotion if they manage to secure a victory. On the other side, Hampshire won only one game in the season so far and is looking for a turnaround. All in all, it is going to be an exciting clash, with both teams looking for a win at any cost.
Sussex is boosted with the return of Chris Jordon, but they will dearly miss the services of Philip Salt, who was asked to be the backup for ODI team against Australia. On the other hand, James Vince is back for Hampshire.
Thomason, Luke Wright (c), Harry Finch, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Ravi Bopara, George Garton, Ollie Robinson, Will Beer, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills
James Vince, Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast (c), Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (wk), James Fuller, Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi
We have already witnessed three International games at this venue in the last one week. In all of them, it was bowlers, who had a major impact on the game. Especially, spinners are going to be the success formulae on this wicket. With similar pitch on offer, we might see yet another mid-level score in the tournament.
Luke Wright is in form of his life, scoring runs on a consistent basis. He is the top run-getter for his side and looking in great shape to make things happen. With Salt staying away, Luke Wright has the burden to give good start for the team. He has got PPM of 57 in this tour.
It is a no-brainer to have him here. Wiese has been sensational in this tournament for Sussex. He is their match-winner and performing in all sections of the game. He has got PPM of 65 in this tour so far.
The international star is ready to show his magic for Sussex tonight. He has always been their top performer and in decent form to make things happen. His ability to bowl in the death overs makes him a must-have choice.
Vince is our big bet player tonight. He has got incredible stats to his name but Vince has to face the likes of Mills and Jordon to score runs for Hampshire. However, going by his stats, Vince is a superb player to tackle them with ease if he is on top of his game.
Sam Northeast has the capability to change the complexion of the game with his batting but, off late, especially, in this season, he has failed to deliver. Thus, we had to leave him for this contest.