In-form Sussex takes on hosts Essex
Our Prediction is Essex to win this match!
Sussex are playing a good impressive brand of cricket this season and have yielded positive results with three wins out of 4 matches. They were unlucky to lose the match against Somerset as the match was decided by DL par score in just 16.3 overs in their batting innings. Luke Wright scored a massive 166 runs last match and helped his team post a good total of 298 runs in 48 overs. Skipper Ben Brown scored a well-compiled half-century to provide stability to their batting. They will be proud of the fact they scored 298 runs after two of top three batsmen were dismissed for a duck. Bowlers kept pegging away with wickets and bowled out Middlesex for just 176 runs. All six bowlers took wickets and they were in complete control of the chase. Mir Hamza took three wickets last match and is the pick of the bowlers this season. Danny Briggs and George Garton chipped in with a couple of wickets each.
Essex is back on track in their campaign after their massive win against Hampshire by 111 runs last match. Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate scored an identical 89 runs whereas the former came back with the ball to take 3 wickets. Tom Westley too chipped in with 48 runs and they ended with a huge score of 341 runs in 50 overs. Their bowlers Matt Coles and Peter Siddle put them on pressure straightaway and reduced Hampshire to 125/5 in the halfway mark. They bowled out Hampshire inside 41 overs for 230 runs to achieve the victory. They will be delighted with the victory after three consecutive losses. They still have a chance to qualify for knockouts provided they win all their remaining matches.
Ravi Bopara – Bopara had an excellent all-round performance last match scoring 83 runs off 59 balls and took 3 wickets with the ball. He lends support to the team and has the ability to take wickets in his overs.
Matt Coles – Matt Coles made his impact straightaway with figures of 6.5-0-48-74 with his bowling. His addition has changed the outlook of the bowling attack and they changed the fortune of the team with a win the last match.
Stats from the season:
Tom Westley – 234 runs, Avg. – 46.8, HS-77, 50s-2
Peter Siddle –11 wickets, Bowl Avg. –20, Economy – 5.6 RPO, BB – 4/60
Sir Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate (c), Peter Siddle, Tom Westley, Rishi Patel, James Porter, Daniel Lawrence, Robbie White (wk), Paul Walter, Matt Coles
Philip Salt – Salt had one big knock of 137 runs and he has no other big score in 4 matches. He was dismissed for 7 & 0 in last two matches. He needs to sort out his batting before his good form declines.
Mir Hamza – Mir Hamza has been amongst the top wicket takers and has two 3-wicket and four-wicket hauls in four matches. He can take wickets both at the top and end overs of the match.
Stats from the season:
Luke Wright – 258 runs, Avg. – 86, HS-166, 100s-1, 50s -1
Mir Hamza – 11 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 18.4, Economy – 5.6 RPO, BB – 4/43
Philip Salt, Luke Wright, Stiaan van Zyl, Harry Finch, Laurie Evans, Ben Brown (c & wk), David Wiese, George Garton, Danny Briggs, Abidine Sakande, Mir Hamza
Chelmsford pitch is a batting paradise and batsmen love the ball coming onto the bat with good pace and bounce. Teams batting first have scored runs over 340 in both the matches. The match day seems to have overcast weather with 50% chances of rain. Fast bowlers may enjoy bowling with the new ball in overcast conditions.
Teams batting first have won both the matches played here. They put up a huge total on board and then strangled the opposition batting with scoring rate pressure. Both captains will look to repeat the same this match too.
Both teams have good playing XI on paper and come off good wins in their last games. There is very little to separate them in terms of form and momentum but Essex has the experience of playing in these conditions and this might tilt the match in their favor.
We are backing Essex for the win in this game!
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