In the eighth match of the 2023 Vitality T20 Blast, Lancashire and Leicestershire, LAN VS LEI square off. The match is slated to take place at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford stadium on May 25. At 16:00 IST, the match between the playoff hopefuls from the previous season would begin.
LAN vs LEI Match Details:
Lancashire vs Leicestershire, Vitality Blast 2023
Time: 16.00 PM IST
Venue: Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford stadium, Manchester
TV: Sony Sports Network
Live Streaming: Sony Liv
Lancashire’s Successful Campaign Launched with Outstanding Performances:
Lancashire, who reached the final in 2022, began their current campaign on a positive note by securing a victory against Derbyshire Falcons over the weekend. Luke Wells stood out as the top performer for Lancashire in their triumph against Derbyshire Falcons. The opener showcased his batting prowess, smashing nine boundaries and three sixes in his 35-ball innings of 66. Fans can anticipate another exciting display from Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme, both of whom played aggressive innings and will be worth watching closely in this game.
Luke Wood enters this match in excellent form, having delivered an outstanding T20 bowling performance against Derbyshire Falcons. He swiftly dismissed Haider Ali with the first ball and went on to claim two more wickets among the top five batters. The pitch is expected to provide some turn, which will work in favor of Matt Parkinson.
Leicestershire’s Bold Old Trafford Challenge to Lancashire:
With a roster full of talented individuals, Leicestershire will travel to Old Trafford with the hope of defeating the visiting squad. The Foxes, who placed sixth in the previous year’s tournament, just one point below fourth place, will play their first game of the 2023 Vitality Blast in this contest. With three half-centuries, captain Colin Ackermann was Leicestershire’s most productive batsman last season, but the squad will need more runs from every member of their lineup to finish in the top four this year. However, we predict that the powerful Lancashire assault will present challenges for the Foxes. With their outstanding bowling, Leicestershire might be a threat to Lancashire.
Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq claimed 24 wickets in the previous season, only second to Richard Gleason in the entire tournament. The spinners Rehan Ahmed and Callum Parkinson are both highly skilled and could create problems for the Lancashire batsmen.
Toss & Pitch Report
Three times in the five games played at Old Trafford, the team batting second has prevailed. It’s a difficult call, but I believe whoever wins the toss will want to chase so they might chose to bowl first. Lancashire easily chased down 179 last time the two faced off.
It is set to have partly sunny with little clouds during the entire match
|Real Feel Shade™ 18°
|Wind NNW 9km/h
|Cloud cover 46%
|Wind Gusts 22km/h
|Visibility 16 km
|Cloud ceiling 9100m
|Dew point 10°C
|Time 16.00 PM INST
LAN VS LEI Head-to-Head statistics :
Overall Played: 30
Won by LAN: 20
Won by LEI:10
No Result: 0
Lancashire vs Leicestershire, LAN VS LEI recent forms
LAN Predicted Playing XI:
Luke Wells, Steven Croft (C), Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, George Bell, Tom Hartley, Rob Jones, Luke Wood, Tom Bailey, Danny Lamb, Matthew Parkinson
LEI Predicted Playing XI:
Lewis Hill, Wiaan Mulder, Aaron Lilley, Tom Scriven, Louis Kimber, Rishi Patel, Nick Welch, Colin Ackermann, Naveen-ul-Haq, Callum Parkinson, Rehan Ahmed
LAN VS LEI Prediction: KENT to Triumph:
It is difficult to support Leicestershire’s prospects of winning the match based on the teams’ strengths. Although Leicestershire has talented spinners who could be able to contain Lancashire’s batsmen, we think they will have trouble scoring enough runs to remain competitive. So, based on our projection, Lancashire is more likely to win. The odds also show Lancashire as the favourites to win, which makes sense given their outstanding achievement in making it to the finals the previous season.
On a wicket that is favorable to spin bowling, Leicestershire does boast talented spinners who might wreak havoc. However, their pace bowling unit is at best suspect, and Ben Mike’s absence has left a batting lineup vacuum that hasn’t been well filled.
On the other hand, Lancashire boasts a strong top-order batting lineup featuring Salt, Vilas, and the reliable Croft, who remains one of the league’s most dependable batsmen. Additionally, they have talented spin bowlers like Hartley, and their pace bowlers have consistently delivered solid performances.
Therefore, it would be wise to place a bet on Lancashire to secure the victory.