Dimi Mascarenhas: Hampshire are FL t20 underdogs

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Hants are T20 underdogs - Mascarenhas

T20 finals day

Venue:
Swalec Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 25 August
Start:
11:00 BST
Coverage:
BBC Sport online, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC local radio

Twenty20 captain Dimi Mascarenhas says Hampshire are "underdogs" going into finals day but is confident they can spring a surprise and win the trophy.

Hampshire take on Somerset in the day's second semi-final, with the winner facing either Sussex or Yorkshire.

Mascarenhas told BBC South Today: "We are probably the worst team left in the competition at finals day on form.

"But we are there now and it is all to play for. We know it's all about who can perform the best on the day."

Hampshire, who beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in their quarter-final to book a place in Cardiff, have a proud history in the competition.

They lifted the trophy two years ago on home soil and Saturday will be their third finals day in a row, having also lost to Somerset in the semi-finals last season.

And Mascarenhas is relishing Saturday's action at the Swalec Stadium.

"It's huge, it's very exciting and is our third one in a row and hopefully we can go one better than last year and then you never know, we can win the trophy," he said.

"It's one of those things in Twenty20. If you get on a roll then you can keep winning.

"We didn't start off the season very well this year and had a couple of losses. But we've got better and played some good cricket.

"This year we are in the second semi-final which is nice, so we can get there, soak up a bit of the atmosphere, watch some of the first game and then get ready.

"The boys are used to it now, we know what to expect and the boys are looking forward to it.

He added: "We are coming up against Somerset who are a seriously good team. Going into it we are underdogs.

"They've got to be favourites and have played better than us, to be fair, in their group. But being underdogs is not a bad thing.

"In Twenty20 any team can beat any other team on any given day. All you need are a couple of people to hit form and hopefully those two people can be in our team."

Route to finals day
HampshireSomerset
14 June v Sussex - no result13 June bt Warwicks by 63 runs
18 June lost to Middlesex 6 wkts14 June v Glos - no result
22 June lost to Kent by 3 runs17 June bt Northants by 5 wkts
24 June bt Kent by 6 wkts21 June v Warwicks - no result
27 June bt Middlesex by 4 wkts22 June bt Glamorgan by 4 wkts
29 June bt Essex by 6 wkts26 June bt Northants by 7 wkts
30 June bt Surrey by 7 wkts29 June lost to Glos by 9 wkts
2 July bt Surrey by 19 runs1 July lost to Worcs by 54 runs
6 July v Sussex - no result6 July v Glamorgan - no result
8 July v Essex - no result8 July bt Worcs by 7 wkts
25 July bt Notts by 4 wkts24 July bt Essex by 27 runs

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