Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Friday 6th September, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? The 1st Central County Ground, Hove

What is the expected weather for Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids? 17c with cloud but just a 20% chance of rain

What television channel is Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids on? Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids? This match is available to stream live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for Sussex Sharks vs Worcestershire Rapids? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Sussex Sharks W0, Worcestershire Rapids W1
Last meeting: Worcestershire Rapids beat Sussex Sharks by 5 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

SUSSEX SHARKS

  • Sussex Sharks were the standout team in the South Group losing just three of their 14 matches as they were always near the top throughout the group stage and ultimately qualified with relative ease.
  • Their campaign has been hampered by the departure of Rashid Khan, the injury to Tymal Mills and the latest blow comes in the form of an injury to Australian left-arm pace bowler Jason Behrendorff who has returned to his homeland.
  • It is a testament to their strength in depth that they can still boast a talented bowling attack featuring Chris Jordan, Reece Topley and Will Beer, while their batting remains highly formidable and they will need all their key men to click into gear against the Rapids.

WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS

  • Worcestershire Rapids did not enjoy the easiest of group stages as they only managed to scrape into fourth place and they are going to have to vastly improve their performances if they are to retain their trophy this year.
  • They are boosted by the fact that Moeen Ali is out of favour with England and available to skipper the side with his improving form a key reason for them reaching the knockout places, so he will be key once again here.
  • Hamish Rutherford was signed to replace Martin Guptill, but Guptill’s injury playing for New Zealand has seen Rutherford called up to replace him in Sri Lanka so they are left short in terms of batting firepower and that has weakened them notable ahead of this crunch quarter-final.

THE PREDICTION

The Sharks and Rapids have been among the favourites for the T20 Blast all season but both teams have been hampered by injuries and the absence of some star overseas players. The Sharks have at least had a core group of English batsmen in Salt, Wright and Evans who provide an outstanding foundation for the team while the bowling unit still possess plenty of quality despite missing Archer, Behrendorff, Mills and Rashid Khan. The Rapids batting line-up has been weakened notably with Guptill, Ferguson and now Rutherford out of the equation and that could cost them dearly here. Moeen Ali is available but there is only so much he can do and for that reason, the greater depth to this Sharks team should see them reach Finals Day.

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