Lancashire vs Essex Match Prediction & Tips – Vitality T20 Blast 2019

Match Details

  • Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
  • Date: 4th September 2019
  • Time: 11:30 PM IST
  • League: Vitality T20 Blast 2019

Lancashire Preview

A steady innings from the top-order batsmen helped Lancashire seal victory in their last match against Leicestershire. Maxwell was economical with the ball with his 1 for 22 and later scoring unbeaten 29 off 31 balls. While there was no big hitting in the Lancashire innings, they still comfortably chased 143 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

Previously, Lancashire had lost chasing 163 against Derbyshire. Liam Livingstone’s 58 off 36 balls was the only major contribution in the chase. Matthew Parkinson, Steven Croft and Maxwell are the wicket-takers, while Faulkner has been economical in his spells. Alexis Davies, Liam Livingstone and Maxwell are crucial in the batting-order along with Steven Croft at number 3.

Essex Preview

Essex has won last 2 games defending 180+ scores and will be confident going into the 1st Quarter-Final match. Cameron Delport at the top and Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara lower down the order have been among the most run getters for Essex. When Essex had lost top 4 batsmen cheaply against Surrey, Doeschate (55) and Bopara (70) together added 117 runs for the 5th wicket.

Mohammad Amir and James Porter are in great form and are consistent with wickets. While Porter could be expensive at times, Amir’s economy rate is consistently decent. Ravi Bopara is also a crucial asset in the Essex bowling arsenal along with Adam Zampa. However, if Essex’ top-order continues to fail it would put pressure on Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate. It’s a knockout game, and as a result, there is no certainty around a good performance under pressure from the middle and lower-order.

Match Prediction

Essex to win

Fantasy Team Tips

  • Dane Vilas and A Wheater have both failed to score big in recent matches. However, both of them are good hitters and can make a comeback.
  • Cameron Delport and Liam Livingstone are expected to score at the top for their respective teams. In addition, Daniel Lawrence, number 4 batsman for Essex would make a great addition to the fantasy team.
  • There are many in-form all-rounders from both teams. For instance, Ravi Bopara and Glen Maxwell have both picked wickets and scored runs. Steven Croft bats at number 3 and has been successful with the ball recently.
  • While M Amir has been economical, James Porter has consistently bagged wickets for Essex. Adding M Parkinson to the fantasy XI would make it 3 bowlers from Lancashire.

Fantasy Team Prediction

  • Wicket-Keeper – D Vilas, A Wheater
  • Batsmen – L Livingstone, C Delport, D Lawrence
  • All-rounders – S Croft, G Maxwell, R Bopara
  • Bowlers – M Parkinson, M Amir, J Porter
  • Captain – L Livingstone
  • Vice-Captain – R Bopara

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