Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? Thursday 25th July, 19:00 (UK)

Where is Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning taking place? Emerald Headingley, Leeds

What is the expected weather for Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning? Temperatures of 30c expected and sunshine all day

What television channel is Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning on? Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Yorkshire Vikings vs Lancashire Lightning? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Yorkshire Vikings W12, Lancashire Lightning W13, Tied 2, No result 3
Last meeting: Lancashire Lightning beat Yorkshire Vikings by 6 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

YORKSHIRE VIKINGS

  • After a defeat to Derbyshire and a washed out match in their opening two games, the Vikings picked up their first win of the T20 Blast campaign in emphatic fashion on Tuesday night as they smashed a staggering 255/2 against Leicestershire to ultimately win by 54 runs and warm up nicely for this Roses clash.
  • Overseas star Nicholas Pooran found some form in that game as he smashed a stunning 67 from just 28 balls including six sixes as he was promoted up the order to number three, and that came along with superb knocks of 96* and 69 from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth respectively as their batting looked fearsome.
  • Pooran also played as wicket-keeper as Jonny Tattersall made way for an additional bowler, and it will be interesting to see if they retain that which gives them the option of six bowlers to rotate as required in what should be another high-scoring game while there is an outside chance that England’s Adil Rashid could play if he is considered fit enough.

LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING

  • Lancashire Lightning are sitting on three points from their opening two matches as their opening match against Leicestershire was washed out and they then picked up a thoroughly comprehensive victory over Durham by an impressive 72 runs.
  • Croft and Maxwell set the platform for that victory as their fifties enabled them to reach 189/3 while the talented legbreak bowler Matt Parkinson showed that he will be a factor again this season, as they looked particularly strong.
  • The Lightning are boosted by the return to fitness of Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood who both returned to action for the second team earlier in the week and the duo could feature in this match which would notably strengthen the team.

THE PREDICTION

Both Yorkshire and Lancashire have warmed up for this first Roses clash with two outstanding performances which has only served to increase the anticipation ahead of this game. The likelihood is that this will be a high-scoring game at Headingley and this could very well come down to which bowling unit is able to take wickets at key moments. Both teams possess strong batting line-ups with the edge going to the Vikings in that department, but the Lightning arguably have the stronger bowling unit unless Adil Rashid is playing. Recent matches between the two sides have been incredibly tight and this one could go down to the wire, with the preference going to the team batting first and getting the runs on the board.

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