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Vitality Blast 2021: How did the international stars fare on Day 1 of the league?

Kent Spitfires v Hampshire Hawks - Vitality Blast 2021
Kent Spitfires v Hampshire Hawks - Vitality Blast 2021
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The first day of the Vitality Blast 2021 saw some nail-biting encounters. A few international stars guided their team home with a victory while others failed miserably.

On that note, let's take a look at how the top players fared on Day 1 of the Vitality Blast 2021.


Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Liam Livingstone scored an unbeaten 94 for Lancashire Lightning in Match 1 of Vitality Blast 2021
Liam Livingstone scored an unbeaten 94 for Lancashire Lightning in Match 1 of Vitality Blast 2021

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone picked up one wicket for 22 runs in his club's season opener as he dismissed Derbyshire skipper Billy Godleman for a duck.

Livingstone dazzled with the bat on Day 1 of the league. He opened the innings for his club and remained unbeaten with 94 runs off 58 balls that included 10 fours and two sixes.


Finn Allen (Lancashire)

Allen opened the batting alongside Liam Livingstone on Day 1 of the Vitality Blast 2021 against Derbyshire. The Kiwi scored a crucial 29 runs off 13 deliveries for his side. On the field, he took one catch as well to dismiss Alex Hughes.


Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler played a slow innings to guide Lancashire to a win against Derbyshire. He didn't want to put his team under pressure by losing his wicket early, so he scored a patient 30 runs from 28 balls at a strike rate of 107.14


Dane Vilas (Lancashire)

South African wicket-keeper Dane Vilas scored 15 runs from as many balls against Derbyshire. The Lancashire skipper made a solitary boundary during his time in the middle.


Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Moeen Ali picked up two wickets on Day 1 of the Vitality Blast 2021
Moeen Ali picked up two wickets on Day 1 of the Vitality Blast 2021

Worcestershire skipper Moeen Ali was cleaned up by Nottinghamshire's Matt Carter after scoring six runs. Moeen was exceptional with the ball though, picking up two wickets (Ben Duckett and Tom Moores) for just 15 runs from his four-over spell.


Ben Dwarshuis (Worcestershire)

Ben Dwarshuis proved to be a costly bowler for Worcestershire in their Vitality Blast 2021 season opener against Nottinghamshire. He conceded 38 runs from three overs with an economy of 12.60 per over.


Ish Sodhi (Worcestershire)

New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi picked up the most crucial wicket of the match when he removed Nottinghamshire's Joe Clarke, who was on fire. His figure after four overs was 1/27.


Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Alex Hales helped Nottinghamshire tie with Worcestershire in Vitality Blast 2021 season
Alex Hales helped Nottinghamshire tie with Worcestershire in Vitality Blast 2021 season opener

Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales amassed 31 runs off 18 balls, including two fours and three sixes, and had a strike rate of 172.22. His quickfire knock at the start helped his side tie the game with Worcestershire.


Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Nottinghamshire's Ben Duckett managed to score only six runs before being trapped leg before wicket by Worcestershire's Moeen Ali. He had a disastrous season opener in the Vitality Blast 2021.


Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

Samit Patel bowled three overs for Nottinghamshire and went wicketless in their Vitality Blast 2021 season opener against Worcestershire. With the bat, he scored a paltry 12 runs off 15 balls.


Tom Banton (Somerset)

Banton opened the innings for Somerset and scored 18 runs from eight balls against Essex. He played at a strike rate of over 200.00.


Roelof van der Merwe (Somerset)

Somerset's Roelef van der Merwe was bowled out for a duck and went a bit costly with 35 runs from four overs against Essex.


Marchant de Lange (Somerset)

Marchant de Lange was trapped leg before wicket and had to walk back to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs off seven balls. With the ball, he picked up three Essex wickets, including those of James Neesham, Ryan ten Doeschate and Simon Harmer.


Ryan ten Doeschate (Essex)

Essex's Ryan ten Doeschate scored 26 runs from 21 balls at a strike rate of 123.81 against Somerset on Day 1 of the Vitality Blast 2021.


James Neesham (Essex)

James Neesham was poor with the ball as he went for 39 runs from 18 deliveries. He covered up for that with his excellent knock of 53 runs from 25 balls against Somerset, which included seven boundaries and a couple of maximums.


Simon Harmer (Essex)

Essex captain Simon Harmer picked up the wicket of Somerset skipper Tom Abell. He also contributed 16 runs with the bat for his side.


Joe Denly (Kent)

Joe Denly scored 44 runs on the opening day of the Vitality Blast 2021
Joe Denly scored 44 runs on the opening day of the Vitality Blast 2021

Kent opener Joe Denly amassed 44 runs from 23 balls at a strike rate of 191.30 against Hampshire. The Englishman belted six boundaries and a couple of sixes during his innings.


James Vince (Hampshire)

Hampshire skipper James Vince led his side from the front with 34 runs from 30 balls against Kent. However, his side fell short by 38 runs.


D'Arcy Short (Hampshire)

Australian player Short opened the batting for Hampshire alongside skipper Vince. He managed to score 29 runs from 19 balls. With the ball, he conceded 29 runs in just two overs at an economy of 14.50.


Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Liam Dawson picked up 1/28 with the ball and scored nine runs with the bat in his club's Vitality Blast 2021 season opener against Kent.


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Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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