We have finally arrived at the day we have been waiting for – the finals day of the Vitality T20 Blast – 2021 – after a run that has lasted over a few of months. We’ve seen a lot of wishes come true and records smashed throughout the years, and this next day might be a lot like that.
The first of two semi-finals will be contested at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground between Hampshire and Somerset. The game will take place on September 18, 2021. Given how the two teams have developed as the campaign has progressed, a cracker of a match is undoubtedly on the cards.
Match Details to Note
Match: Hampshire vs Somerset, Vitality T20 Blast 2021
Date: September 18, 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Hampshire vs Somerset Team Previews
Hampshire (Match Odds – 2.20)
Team Hampshire did not have the start they wanted in the competition, but they can surely finish, and that is all that matters. For a long time in the league stage, they were in the bottom part of the table. However, as the competition progressed, Hampshire gained momentum and qualified for the playoffs.
In the quarter-final, they looked merciless as they edged past Nottinghamshire in a game when they appeared to be on their way out. They qualified because of their sheer tenacity and belief, and this will play a significant part in the following encounter as well.
Hampshire has a decent team on paper, with a number of match-winning players at their disposal. They have a top-order that may be difficult to deal with, with players like James Vince, D’Arcy Short, and Tom Prest available. Aside from that, they have a great spin department that can be quite useful on worn-out wickets. The bowlers to keep an eye on from the Hants camp are Liam Dawson and Mason Crane.
Overall, Hampshire have a solid team that is unaffected by the departure of players to the IPL. If they can keep playing like they did before the competition began, defeating them will be extremely difficult for Somerset.
James Vince(c), Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus(w), Liam Dawson, James Fuller, Chris Wood, Scott Currie, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal, Ian Holland, Kyle Abbott, Toby Albert, Tom Alsop
Tom Prest scored 44 runs in their previous game and will try to continue his hot streak. Skipper James Vince and D’Arcy Short have been among the runs in this edition of the Vitality T20 Blast and will need to deliver at the top. Vince, who has 371 runs, is also their highest run-scorer.
Liam Dawson took three wickets in the quarter-finals, while Brad Wheal and Scott Currie each took two. Last time, the bowlers performed admirably as a team, and they will strive for a similar result this time.
Predicted XI: Tom Prest, D Arcy Short, James Vince (c), Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus (wk), James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, Scott Currie, Mason Crane, Bradley Wheal
Somerset (Match Odds – 1.67)
Somerset had a lot of concerns to answer before the competition started, notably regarding their batting in the absence of Babar Azam. They not only responded elegantly, but they also passed with flying colors. The opening pair of Tom Banton and Devon Conway appeared to be well-equipped to deal with any bowling assault, which proved to be a key element in Somerset’s qualifying.
In fact, it was only after Devon Conway joined the squad that the graph of Somerset’s victory began to rise. Somerset eventually finished with 18 points and a net run rate of 0.371 at the end of the group stage. More remarkable has been their recent run, and if they can build on that, Somerset will be a very difficult team to defeat, even if they will be missing a handful of key players.
Tom Banton(w), Will Smeed, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory(c), Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey, Lewis Goldsworthy, Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Max Waller
With the bat, Will Smeed has had a fantastic Vitality T20 Blast season. He hit 44 runs in the quarterfinals and has 327 runs with a strike rate of 134.56. Tom Abell stayed undefeated with 78, while Tom Lammonby contributed with 47.
It will be critical for Tom Banton to score first. Roelof van der Merwe and Marchant de Lange were the bowlers of choice in the previous game and will want assistance from the rest of the bowling unit.
Predicted XI: Tom Banton (wk), Will Smeed, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory (c), Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Jack Brooks, Josh Davey
Hampshire vs Somerset Toss prediction
Both teams would like to field first if given the option, however the Hampshire Hawks qualified for Finals Day by batting first. If the captains win the toss, we anticipate them to insert the opposing team.
To Win the Toss – Hampshire – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Somerset – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This wicket’s average scoring is about 160-170 runs. Fast bowlers may also benefit from the surface, and bowling first should be a good strategy for making the most of the circumstances.
The weather will be suitable for a whole game of cricket. The weather indicates that it will be partly overcast, but no rain is expected. Temperatures will range from 19 to 20 degrees Celsius.
Hampshire vs Somerset Match Prediction
Both teams performed admirably in their last group stage matches, and there is nothing to choose between them in terms of form. However, when considering the team makeup and experience, Somerset look to be a lot more well-balanced side and are, as a result, our selection to win this forthcoming match. Back Somerset to win this match and go to the grand finale.
Somerset is the favorites to beat Hampshire at the odds of 1.67.
- Team Somerset has a more balanced side than the other, at least on paper.
- Somerset has a team that is better suited to manage pressure with experience available all the way through.
- Hampshire looks to be overly reliant on their spinners and James Vince.
Your ComeOn Recommended Betting Options:
Somerset Top Batsman – Tom Banton – 3.50
Most Sixes in Match – Somerset – 1.85
Most Fours in Match – Somerset – 1.85
Highest Individual Score – Over 65.5 – 1.85
Highest Individual Score – Under 65.5 – 1.85
The Highest Opening Partnership:
Somerset – 1.90
Tie – 21.00
1st Over Total Runs – Over 6.5 – 1.85
1st Over Total Runs – Under 6.5 – 1.85