Gloucestershire vs Sussex, June 25, Vitality Blast 2021 Prediction
Match: Sussex Sharks vs Gloucestershire Gladiators
Date: 25th June 2021
Place (venue): County Ground, Hove
Tournament: 2021 Vitality Blast
Can Sussex continue their unbeaten season against the Gloucestershire Gladiators?
- In the last five meetings, Sussex Sharks have beaten Gloucestershire Gladiators thrice. Sussex beat Gloucs on their turf this season.
- Sussex has managed to win only 2 out of 6 T20s played at County Ground, Hove.
- Sussex are the only team in the Vitality Blast to remain unbeaten in both groups.
Sussex Sharks will host Gloucestershire Gladiators in the second leg of the season at County Ground, Hove. Sussex are currently sitting in the second position of the points table with 9 points in 6 matches. They have remained unbeaten this season with three of their matches getting affected by the rain. On the other hand, Gloucestershire Gladiators have managed to salvage 6 points in 6 games. They are 5th in the South Group’s points table.
Sussex Sharks are having a great run in chasing the targets. In all 3 results, the Sharks have successfully chased targets with a minimum of 5 wickets in hand. In fact, they thrashed Hampshire by 9 wickets in their second game. Sharks’ opener Phill Salt and all-rounder George Garton are leading the batting and bowling fronts respectively. Salt who recovered from a broken foot -an injury he sustained while cycling pre-season, has scored 162 runs in 3 innings with two unbeaten fifties and a strike rate of 154.28.
Gloucs are struggling this season due to inconsistency in the middle order. They have a 50% win and loss percentage with 2 of their games getting affected by rain. The Gladiators put a strong performance against the table-toppers Kent at home. After inviting Kent to bat, the Gloucs bowlers restricted them to 147 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. the Gladiators chased the target with 7 wickets in hand
Gloucestershire and Sussex have faced each other 17 times. The sharks have won 11 times while the Gladiators took all the points from the remaining 6 games. The Sharks started their campaign this season against the Gladiators. Batting first Gladiators set a target of 178 runs. Sharks successfully chased 178 in the 18th over with 5 wickets in the hand. In all George Garton Day, the all-rounder took 3 wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs and played a thunderous knock of 46 runs in 25 balls with help of 3 sixes and 2 boundaries.
The return of Captain Luke Wright has been proven worthy for the Sharks as he scored 44 balls 75 runs in his first game of this season. Wright will open the innings with Phill Salt who missed the chance to catch a flight to Sri Lanka after ECB management declared Jonny Bairstow fit to travel. Left-handed Travis head and veteran Ravi Bopara will be the ideal choice for the Sharks to come at numbers 3 and 4. Head is struggling this season with the bat as he has barely managed to contribute with 52 runs in 3 games.
Sharks all-rounder George Garton is leading their bowling department with 8 wickets in 4 games with an economy of 5.15. Sharks will miss Chris Jordan due to his inclusion in the England T20 squad against Sri Lanka. Tymal Mills and Archie Lenham will team up with Garton in such a scenario against the Gloucs. Sharks are also waiting for spin sensation Rashid Khan to join them after his PSL team Lahore Qalandars got crashed out in the group stage.
The Sharks’ players are under the scanner of the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) as five of their players have been found guilty of showing dissent towards umpires in the County Championship. Sharks can lose 2 points in T20 Blast if any Sussex Player is caught guilty of breaching the code.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Sussex Sharks.
Key players for the Sussex Sharks
|Name (Batsman)||Innings||Runs||Strike Rate|
|Luke Wright (C)||1||75||170.45|
Sussex Probable Playing XI
Miles Hammond and Chris Dent will continue opening the games for the Gloucs. Dent has the highest strike rate amongst the Gloucs’ players this season. Cockbain who scored the only 50 for the Gladiators this season against Middlesex played a quickfire knock of 30 runs in 17 balls before getting retired hurt. George Hankins might rope in place of the injured Cockbain.
Kiwi wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips has been most consistent for the Gloucs this season. His last 4 innings include 41*, 7, 38, and 42. Skipper Jack Taylor has yet to play a captain’s knock. It has been due for the last two seasons. Except for Josh Shaw, each of the bowling team members is struggling to take wickets. This has been turned out to be a headache for the Gloucs management. In 5 innings they have collectively taken 29 wickets. If these stats don’t improve this season will turn out to be a disaster for the Gladiators once again.
Here are the top batsmen and bowlers for Gloucestershire Gladiators.
Key players for Gloucestershire:
|Name (Batsman)||Innings||Runs||Strike Rate|
The game will be played at The 1st Central County Ground, Hove. Built-in 1872, the stadium has a capacity of 4000. The venue has hosted one ODI and T20I each.
43 domestic T20s have been played at the 1st Central County Ground, Hove. 20 times the teams have won the game batting first, while 21 times the target has been successfully chased. In 5 of the last 7 occasions, the team bowling first has won the game. Bowling first will be an ideal option in such a scenario after winning the toss.
Pitch and Weather Report
The pitch helps swing bowling. The ball dips sometimes as the ground slopes slightly towards the sea. The maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to be 17°C and 12 °C respectively, with a wind speed of 15 to 25 kmph. Humidity will be around 90-95% as per the weather reports. Showers are expected with a 70% chance.
Though Sussex are enjoying their unbeaten status this season, they haven’t played a game for a long time. They are having a poor run at their home ground too. They haven’t batted first in this season. The Gladiators have also won only while chasing a target. But Sussex are building this season on team performances rather than the individual ones. We predict the home team to defeat the visitors
Prediction: Sussex Sharks will defeat Gloucestershire Gladiators.
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