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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Sussex could confirm fears of Hampshire captain

IPL champions Hyderabad set to thwart hopes of Knight Riders

Hampshire captain George Bailey
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One-Day Cup: Hampshire v Sussex
Sky Sports 2, 1.30pm Wednesday
IPL: Hyderabad v Kolkata
Sky Sports 1, 3.30pm Wednesday

The One-Day Cup group phase comes to a close on Wednesday afternoon with four South Group matches which could all shape the make-up of the knockout stage.

Only sectional leaders Essex are certain of their place in the final six and the Eagles will confirm top spot, and a semi-final berth, if they avoid defeat at rock-bottom Kent.

The race for second and third - which would secure a quarter-final berth - is more intriguing and Sussex can throw their hat into the ring with victory over Hampshire.

The Sharks need to win and hope Gloucestershire beat Surrey in order to pip the London county to third position and at odds-against they look the value call in a tight clash.

Hampshire captain George Bailey has openly questioned whether his side deserve to progress after a number of inconsistent performances and Sunday's defeat at Surrey did little to dispel the Australian's belief.

Surrey chased down a revised target of 238 in just 38 overs and for the loss of two wickets as Hampshire's bowlers failed to offer any penetration. That is certainly a concern for those taking quotes of odds-on about a home victory at the Rose Bowl.

It's elimination playoff time in the IPL and Sunrisers Hyderabad are fancied to confirm their place in Friday's semi-final.

The defending champions have timed their playoff charge to near-perfection, winning four of their last six outings, which is in contrast to opponents Kolkata.

The Knight Riders looked unstoppable earlier in the campaign but they enter the Bangalore clash having recorded just a single win in five and look set to fall at the first hurdle.

Recommendations
Sussex
1pt 11-10 Betway
Hyderabad
1pt 20-21 Betfair

Hampshire captain George Bailey has openly questioned whether his side deserve to progress after a number of inconsistent performances
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