Hampshire face Somerset in the second Semi-Final of Vitality T20 Blast 2022 on Saturday, July 16, at Edgbaston, Birmingham from 7:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Hampshire won their last four group stage matches in a row to advance into the knockout stages of the competition. They knocked out the North Group table-toppers Warwickshire in the Quarter-Final. Ben McDermott and Joe Weatherley ensured with the bat that Hampshire got 186 runs on the board James Fuller’s four-fer and three wickets in nine balls for Nathan Ellis sealed a 104-run win against the Bears.
Somerset finished second in the South Group points table with 20 points this season in the T20 Blast. They posted 265 runs on the board, the highest in the history of the competition, in their Quarter-Final against Derbyshire. Peter Siddle and Ben Green took three wickets each and Somerset wrapped up the Derbyshire batters for 74 runs and won by 191 runs. This is also now the biggest victory margin in T20 Blast history.
Hampshire vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 odds
Parimatch odds: Hampshire: 2.02, Somerset: 1.77
Bet365 odds: Hampshire: 2.00, Somerset: 1.80
Betwinner odds: Hampshire: 2.09, Somerset: 1.74
10CRIC odds: Hampshire: 1.98, Somerset: 1.80
Betway odds: Hampshire: 1.95, Somerset: 1.80
Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.
Hampshire vs Somerset head-to-head
Somerset and Hampshire have faced each other 23 times in the history of the T20 Blast. Somerset have won 14 matches, one was tied and Hampshire won on the other eight occasions.
Somerset have won three of the last five matches against Hampshire in this tournament. Hampshire won the latest head-to-head by 14 runs.
Hampshire vs Somerset probable playing XI
Hampshire: Ben McDermott (wicket-keeper), James Vince (captain), Tom Prest, Joe Weatherley, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Brad Wheal.
Somerset: Will Smeed, Tom Banton (wicket-keeper), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Abell (captain), Lewis Gregory, Tom Lammonby, Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Peter Siddle, Marchant de Lange.
Hampshire vs Somerset top picks
Hampshire: James Vince is the top pick in this crucial match at Birmingham. The Hampshire captain has scored 653 runs in 14 matches at an average of 54.41 and a strike-rate of 146.08 in the T20 Blast this season. He scored 129 runs off 62 balls in the last head-to-head against Somerset in this tournament.
Somerset: Watch out for all-rounder Ben Green in this encounter. He has taken 20 wickets and scored 139 runs in the Vitality T20 Blast 2022. The 24-year-old picked up two wickets in their win in this head-to-head in May earlier this season. Overall, he has scored 304 runs and taken 28 wickets in his T20 Blast career.
Hampshire vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 prediction
Hampshire ended the group stage with excellent form and their batsman have particularly been in good form. They are likely to pose a stiff challenge for this Somerset side in this encounter.
Somerset finished above Hampshire in the South Group points table and also have a good head-to-head record against the Southampton-based side. Somerset are likely to win this match and go into the final.
Hampshire vs Somerset Vitality T20 Blast 2022 playing conditions and weather report
Maximum Temperature: 27°C
Wind: 6 km/h