Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears taking place? Sunday 4th August, 14:30 (UK)

Where is Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears taking place? Emerald Headingley, Leeds

What is the expected weather for Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears? 22c but rain could play a big part in this contest with it expected to worsen during the day

What television channel is Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears on? Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Yorkshire Vikings vs Birmingham Bears? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Yorkshire W4, Birmingham W6, No Result 4
Last meeting: Yorkshire beat Birmingham by 31 runs (D/L method)

THE TEAM NEWS

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

  • Yorkshire’s struggles in this year’s T20 Blast continued as the Vikings suffered a five-wicket defeat against Worcestershire but a win here could lift them right back into contention for the knockout stages.

  • They would leapfrog Birmingham with a victory but will have to show serious improvements on their performances against the Rapids as they failed to kick-on following an opening partnership of 104 between Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
  • Adil Rashid’s availability is once again under a cloud after he failed to prove his fitness for the clash with Worcestershire and Yorkshire will be desperate to get him back on the pitch after struggling without him so far.

BIRMINGHAM BEARS

  • Birmingham Bears lost for a second consecutive game as they were hammered by Notts in their last encounter with the Outlaws condemning their opponents to a 71-run defeat at Trent Bridge.

  • Needing 185 to win, the Bears got off to a decent start at 50/1 but their scoring rate was not good enough and put pressure on them, collapsing from that score to 113 all out as all of their players failed to reach the 30s.
  • After Olly Stone made his reappearance for the Bears following his release from the England squad, he will once again be unavailable whilst Ed Pollock’s place in the team looks under serious threat following scores of 0, 0 and 3 in his last three matches.

THE PREDICTION

Yorkshire will not want to lose any more ground on the teams above them as they attempt to stay in contention for qualification to the knockout stages. This game has been labelled a ‘must-win’ by the Vikings’ Adam Lyth and it is easy to see why following his side’s poor start to the competition. They face a Birmingham Bears side that have lost their last two but the away side could edge this if the weather does not completely ruin the game .

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