Trent Rockets beat 147 for 4 (Hales 58, Munro 36, Root 34*, Helm 2-11) Birmingham Phoenix 143 for 7 (Livingstone 47, Moeen 35, Sams 3-24, Samit 2-12) by six wickets
Moeen struck early in the chase, bowled to David Malan with a ball that was kept low, after being slapped over cover for two fours, but Phoenix failed to pick up the opening wicket he needed: Munro Targets Graeme Van Buren’s left arm spin. His first five balls at 16, and the required rate was always in check.
Hales looked to collect his way, scoring 30 off 26, and then smashed Van Buren for two sixes in three balls to take away any pressure. He overtook Tom Helm once to drop him for 58 and Tom Koehler-Cadmore then fell on the second ball, but Root’s innings got him close and Lewis Gregory hit the winning boundary down the field.
Hells, Root Ice Chase
The Rockets needed 83 off 62 balls when Root went out to join Hales and, as he struggled to get boundaries early, he made a late push by moving the ball around and keeping the wickets in hand. established himself.
When Hales knocked Van Buren down, hitting him two sixes at long-on – the first was tipped over the rope by Miles Hammond for a boundary – the equation fell from 51 to 31 to 39. Both the batsmen hit the boundary off Imran’s ball. Tahir and Root sweep Moeen over midwicket.
“I’ve spent my entire career here and it’s a place I’ve always enjoyed batting,” Hales later told the BBC. “It was about trying to get the run rate down as quickly as possible. We thought it was a par score but Trent Bridge is a small ground with a fast outfield; we talked about partnerships being important. “
Rashid Khan is only available for a handful of matches this season due to Afghanistan’s upcoming series against Ireland, but the Rockets were not what the Rockets expected. He hadn’t played a game for a month, an unusually long break for one of the busiest cricketers in the world, and struggled to find his rhythm.
Moeen hits a six off his second ball over midwicket and Livingstone hits a ball into the stands. He bowled a tough third set but Livingstone hit his third set, hitting him for three consecutive sixes on the leg side. Rashid scored 0 for 39 in his 20 balls, which was his most expensive spell in ten hundred games.
Livingstone, meanwhile, got one run away from AB de Villiers and now tops the list of batsmen with most T20I runs, facing Rashid: 115 off 65 balls.
Phoenix managed only 14 runs in the last 15 balls of the innings: Sams and Luke Wood relied heavily on their cutters, squeezed, and made 143 for 7, even the slowest, used Even on the pitch that went, proved to be a little less than equal. Sams, who was ahead of Marchant de Lange, one of the fastest bowlers of the competition last year, finished with 3 for 24, caught by Livingstone at long-off on the final ball of his spell, while Wood’s 20-ball The cost was exactly 20 runs.
Last year’s runners-up Phoenix suffered several absences: Ollie Stone, Chris Woakes and Tom Abell were ruled out of the tournament due to injuries, while Adam Milne is still recovering from an Achilles problem and Matthew Wade is feeling unwell. are the day before the game.
He will need to recover quickly, with a repeat of last year’s final against the Southern Braves at Edgbaston on Wednesday. “We probably gave up a few runs at the end. He played really well in the powerplays,” Livingstone said. “We thought we had a competitive score, but lost to a better team.”
Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98