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Vitality T20 Blast 2021 | Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Birmingham Bears Betting Prediction

Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Birmingham Bears (aka Warwickshire) Match Preview

Defending Champions Nottinghamshire Outlaws will take on Warwickshire, also known as the Birmingham Bears, in their second match of the Vitality Blast 2021 season at Trent Bridge on Friday.

Nottinghamshire’s first match against Worcestershire Rapids turned out to be an interesting affair as the game ended in a tie. The bowlers did a fine job to restrict the Rapids’ batsmen to a score of 152/6. Openers Alex Hales and Joe Clarke got the Outlaws off to a flying start as well. They put on 76 for the first wicket inside six overs. However, they underwent a huge collapse once the two openers departed and all they could manage was to level the score off the final ball of the innings with two wickets in hand. They will look to address their middle-order mess in this match and show the world once again why they are the defending champions.

Warwickshire, on the other hand, lost their season opener to Yorkshire by six wickets. There was a lack of substantial contributions from the batsmen apart from Sam Hain, who scored a fifty. All they could manage was a total of 144/8 in their 20 overs, which was chased down easily by Yorkshire with six wickets and nine balls to spare. Youngster Ed Pollock’s woeful batting form continued as he could manage only a run from the three deliveries he faced. Adam Hose and Dan Mousley looked good during their brief knocks of 22 but they will need to kick on. Skipper Will Rhodes was dismissed for a duck and he will need to do much better this time.

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Probable Playing XIs

Nottinghamshire Outlaws

Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Peter Trego, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney (c), Luke Fletcher, Matthew Carter, Calvin Harrison, Dane Paterson

Birmingham Bears 

Will Rhodes (c), Ed Pollock, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Michael Burgess (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Tim Bresnan, Dan Mousley, Craig Miles, Jacob Lintott, Danny Briggs

Top Batsmen

Alex Hales – 2/1

Hales has been one of the best top-order batsmen in the T20 circuit for the last few years. He looked in good touch in the season opener as he made 31 runs off just 18 deliveries. He gets big scores consistently and that makes him a good bet for this match.

Joe Clarke – 13/5

He is one of the best rising young batting talents in T20 cricket. Clarke showed that once again as he smashed 45 off just 21 deliveries in the Nottinghamshire’s season opener against Worcestershire. You can back him to get a big score in this match once again.

Sam Hain – 2/1

Hain promised a lot when he finished as Warwickshire’s highest run-getter last season and he has delivered on that promise once again as he started the season with a classy fifty. He showed how good form he is in and he will be hungry to get a big score in this match once again.

Adam Hose – 11/4

Hose looked quite good during his brief attacking knock of 22 in the last match. He couldn’t kick on and get a big score then, but he will definitely be eager to do that this time.

Top Bowlers

Luke Fletcher – 9/4

Fletcher showed his death bowling skills in the last match. Even though he was a bit expensive in his first spell, he came back and picked up two wickets at the death.

Matthew Carter – 4/1

Carter showed how good he is with the new ball once again. He derailed Worcestershire’s innings quite early with the wickets of Moeen Ali and Brett D’Oliveira in the last match.

Carlos Brathwaite – 9/4

Brathwaite bowled good line and lengths in the previous match and picked up a wicket having conceded 30 runs in his four overs. He would want to keep doing the good work in this match as well.

Danny Briggs – 3/1

The veteran spinner was Warwickshire’s best bowler in the previous match. He conceded only 28 runs in his four overs and also picked up two wickets. Briggs can be expected to lead their bowling attack in this match once again.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Birmingham Bears (Warwickshire) Betting Odds

Nottinghamshire to win at 8/15.

Warwickshire to win at 7/5.

Nottinghamshire Outlaws vs Birmingham Bears Fantasy Cricket Team

Tom Moores, Sam Hain, Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Adam Hose, Steven Mullaney, Tim Bresnan, Carlos Brathwaite, Matthew Carter, Danny Briggs, Luke Fletcher


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