Sussex vs Worcestershire, Vitality Blast T20 2019 – Preview, Prediction, Dream11 Team, Playing XI and Live Stream
The third quarter-final of the Vitality Blast T20 2019 will be played between Sussex and Worcestershire at the County Ground in Hove on Friday.
In a repeat of a year ago’s final, Sussex and Worcestershire go head to head against one another in what vows to be a highly entertaining conflict at the County Ground in Hove. Sussex has been absolutely widespread with 19 points in the league while Worcestershire managed to sneak in with 15 points from their set of games.
The defending champions don’t have Hamish Rutherford for this game with the Kiwi joining the national side in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, they have outstanding amongst other allrounders in the world in Moeen Ali, whose skill-set is perfectly suited to the nature of the pitch. Sussex’s top order trio of Wright, Salt, and Evans has done the majority of the harm this season and will be relied upon to proceed in a similar vein of form come Friday too.
Sussex vs Worcestershire Team News
Sussex Sharks were the champion team in the South Group losing only three of their 14 matches as they were constantly close to the top all through the group stage and at last qualified with relative ease.
Their campaign has been hampered by the flight of Rashid Khan, the injury to Tymal Mills and the most recent blow comes as injury to Australian left-arm pace bowler Jason Behrendorff who has come back to his country.
It is a demonstration of their strength in depth that they can still boast a talented bowling attack including Chris Jordan, Reece Topley, and Will Beer, while their batting remains highly imposing and they will require all their key men to click into gear against the Worcestershire Rapids.
Sussex were the leaders in the south group and finished at the top of the points table. They won eight and lost three out of their 14 matches. Sussex likewise tied one game while two of their games were rained-off. The team finished the group stage with 19 points.
Luke Wright has scored the most runs for Sussex with 360 runs from 13 matches at an average of more than 35 and a strike rate of more than 125. He has scored two half-centuries and has a top score of 76. Philip Salt is next in line with 334 runs from 13 matches at an average of 33 and a strike rate of more than 155.
Worcestershire Rapids did not appreciate the most effortless of group stages as they just managed to scratch into fourth place and they will need to vastly improve their performances in the event that they are to hold their trophy this year.
They are helped by the way that Moeen Ali is out of support with England and accessible to captain the side with his improving form a key purpose behind them reaching the knockout places, so he will be key once again here.
Hamish Rutherford was signed to replace Martin Guptill, yet Guptill’s injury playing for New Zealand has seen Rutherford called up to replace him in Sri Lanka so they are left short as far as batting firepower and that has debilitated them remarkable in front of this crunch quarter-final.
Worcestershire were the last to qualify in the north group. They won six and lost five out of 14 matches while three of their games finished without a result. The team had 15 points and lost its last game against Northamptonshire by seven wickets.
After having a back surgery prior this year, Reece Topley is the top wicket-taker for Worcestershire with 16 wickets from 10 games at an average of 17 and a strike rate of just more than 12.
Sussex vs Worcestershire Match Details and Live Stream
Date: Friday 6th September
Time: 19:00 (UK)/ 23:30 (IST)
Venue: The 1st Central County Ground, Hove
TV Channel/Live Stream: Sky Sports Cricket, SkyGo app
Sussex vs Worcestershire Probable Playing XIs
Luke Wright, Phil Salt, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Alex Carey, Ollie Robinson, Chris Jordan, Will Beer, Danny Briggs, and Reece Topley
Bench: Harry Finch, Ben Brown, George Garton
Riki Wessels, Moeen Ali, Tom Fell, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, Wayne Parnell, Ed Bernard, Joe Leach, Dillon Pennington, and Patrick Brown
Bench: George Rhodes and Charlie Morris
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Moeen Ali, Phil Salt, Delray Rawlins
Vice-Captain – Riki Wessels, Laurie Evans, Ed Bernard
Both Moeen Ali and Phil Salt are capable of giving tornado begins at the top of the order yet with his off-turn considered, Moeen Ali is the first choice for captaincy.
Sussex vs Worcestershire Dream11 Team
Wicket-Keeper – Ben Cox
Batsmen – Riki Wessels, Phil Salt (VC), Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali (C), Daryl Mitchell
Bowlers – Ed Bernard, Reece Topley, Danny Briggs, Pat Brown
Sussex vs Worcestershire Prediction
The Sussex Sharks and Worcestershire Rapids have been among the top choices for the T20 Blast all season however the two teams have been hampered by injuries and the nonappearance of some star abroad players. The Sussex Sharks have at least had a core group of English batsmen in Salt, Wright, and Evans who give an extraordinary foundation for the team while the bowling unit still possesses a lot of quality in spite of missing Archer, Behrendorff, Mills and Rashid Khan. The Worcestershire Rapids batting line-up has been debilitated quite with Guptill, Ferguson and now Rutherford out of the equation and that could cost them beyond all doubt here. Moeen Ali is accessible yet there is just so much he can do and thus, the more noteworthy depth to this Sharks team should see them arrive at Finals Day.