The manner in which the Vitality T20 Blast’s four finalists evolved is an incredibly unusual sight. All four finalists are from the South Group of the points table, and we are now certain to have a victor from the same group. The tournament’s second semi-final will be contested on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham between Kent Spitfires and Sussex Sharks.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kent vs Sussex, Vitality T20 Blast 2021
Date: September 18, 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.
Kent vs Sussex Team Previews
Kent (Match Odds – 2.00)
The Kent Spitfires were the top team in the South Group, and their point total reflects that. They finished first in the league with 19 points and an impressive net run rate of 0.657 at the completion of the league stage.
While Kent was clinical in the early and middle stages of the competition, they appeared to lose their way at the end of the group round. The Spitfires have won two and lost two of their previous four T20 matches. Having said that, their recent form in the various forms has been rather strong, and they will be overflowing with confidence.
The Kent Spitfires have a formidable hitting lineup. Kent Spitfires, bolstered by aggressive players from head to toe, are capable of pursuing or setting any given target on their day. In addition, they have a very diverse bowling assault that might come in helpful, particularly on the worn surface of Birmingham. If the Spitfires continue to play as well as they did in the early stages of the competition, defeating them will be extremely difficult.
Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Sam Billings(w/c), Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, Nathan Gilchrist, James Logan, Marcus ORiordan, Matthew Quinn, Ollie Robinson, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart
In this Vitality T20 Blast, Kent openers Zak Crawley (330 runs) and Daniel Bell-Drummond (394 runs) have scored runs at a strike rate of 150+. Joe Denly (210 runs), Jack Leaning (294 runs), and Jordan Cox (309 runs) have also been outstanding in the middle order, contributing to their hitting unit’s strength.
Kent’s bowling statistics are led by pacers Matt Milnes (18 wickets) and Fred Klassen (14 wickets). Sam Billings, who is playing in the IPL, will be missed by Kent. In his absence, Denly will captain the team.
Predicted XI: Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly (C), Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Alex Blake, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, Oliver Robinson (Wk), Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart
Sussex (Match Odds – 1.80)
Sussex is probably the most balanced team not just in their group, but also in the competition. However, they do not always have their full-strength side accessible, and this was the case this time as well. The majority of their players are either on international duty or competing in some other domestic tournament.
Sussex, like the Spitfires, had a poor second half of the league stage and will be hoping to improve when it counts the most. They will be without the services of the Curran brothers in this forthcoming match, which may be a significant influence. Aside from that, Sussex boasts a fantastic side and will be difficult to cope with.
Philip Salt(w), Luke Wright(c), Ravi Bopara, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Chris Jordan, George Garton, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham, Jack Carson, Oliver Carter, Mitchell Claydon, Harrison Ward
Sussex’s best scorers in this year’s Vitality T20 Blast have been Luke Wright (360 runs), Philip Salt (293 runs), and Ravi Bopara (237 runs). Tymal Mills has 14 wickets and has had an outstanding season, earning him a spot in England’s T20 World Cup team as well.
Sussex, on the other hand, will be severely hampered by the absence of David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Chris Jordan, and George Garton. With the cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England, Ollie Robinson may be eligible for his game. He is a much-needed boost to a Sussex squad that has been decimated.
Predicted XI: Philip Salt (wk), Luke Wright (c), Ravi Bopara, Delray Rawlins; Harrison Ward, Oliver Carter, Mitchell Claydon, Ollie Robinson, Will Beer, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham
Kent vs Sussex Toss Prediction
In their victorious quarter-final games, neither team won the toss. Both captains are likely to opt to field first.
To Win the Toss – Kent – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Sussex – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch is predicted to have strong bounce and carry, resulting in an equal match between bat and ball. Fast bowlers are likely to benefit from the new ball. A minimum of 170 is required.
Throughout the game, light rain showers are expected. Conditions will stay partially overcast, and despite probable interruptions, we should expect a full game. The temperature is anticipated to be in the 20s Celsius range.
Kent vs Sussex Match Prediction
This semi-final appears to have all the ingredients for a nail-biting fight; maybe with some weather delays thrown in for good measure. We anticipate lots of runs for both teams in this encounter, and we predict a Sussex Sharks victory.
Sussex is the favorites to beat Kent at the odds of 1.80.
- Sussex is missing some key players, which might be a differentiating factor in this forthcoming encounter.
- The Kent Spitfires has a strong batting lineup and will be better prepared to handle high-pressure situations.
- Sussex Sharks has undoubtedly been the tournament’s strongest team.
Your ComeOn Recommended Betting Options:
Sussex Top Batsman – Luke Wright – 3.25
Most Sixes in Match – Sussex – 2.15
Most Fours in Match – Sussex – 1.97
Highest Individual Score – Over 65.5 – 1.85
Highest Individual Score – Under 65.5 – 1.85
The Highest Opening Partnership:
Sussex – 1.80
Tie – 21.00
1st Over Total Runs – Over 6.5 – 1.85
1st Over Total Runs – Under 6.5 – 1.85