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184/4 in 20.09.20
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Toss Winner - Kent won the toss and chose to bat first
Essex beat Kent by 4 wickets
Will defending champions open their point account against Essex?
We predict that Kent will defeat Essex.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Essex will face defending champions; Kent in their first fixture of the new season on 27th May at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. Kent had a brilliant last season but lost the first match of the new season against Somerset whereas Essex will try to forget the last season and would like to start on a good note against Kent.
Kent were at the top spot in the points table of the south group by clinching 9 games from 14 matches and collecting 19 points. On the other side, Essex had finished the league stage with just 11 points from 13 games with 5 wins. They didn’t qualify for the knockout stage and finished at the 7th position in the south group.
Though Kent have a strong squad this season, they failed to claim points against Somerset in the first match. Essex on the other hand will try to utilize their maximum strength against Kent in their opening fixture and will try to open points account against the defending champions.
Kent have started their campaign of the new season with a defeat against Somerset in the first match. Now they will face Essex in their 2nd fixture on 27th May in their backyard; St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. They will try to register their first win of the season on Friday against Essex.
Sam Billings won the toss in the first match against Somerset and decided to bat first but Kent’s batters failed to generate momentum in the inning. As a result, they have managed to put 162 runs on the board against the well-depth batting order of Somerset. Jack Leaning played a key knock of 72 runs from 43 balls in those 162 runs.
While defending the target of just 163 runs, Mat Milnes and Fred Klassen had bowled superb spells at the start and Somerset could manage to score 45 runs and lost 2 wickets also in the first 7 overs. But unfortunately despite those two spells, no other could manage to put pressure on the opponents and Somerset have managed to chase down the target without losing a single wicket in the later overs.
Kent have built a strong squad this season also and now they just need to execute their plans well on the ground. They will try to learn from the last game against Somerset where they failed to strike in the middle overs and will try to overcome those issues in this fixture against Essex.
Key players for Kent:
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Sam Billings, Fred Klaassen
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Sam Billings(c/wk), Jordan Cox, Grant Stewart, Jack Leaning, George Linde, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, Qais Ahmed.
Zak Crawley, George Linde, Matt Milnes, Joe Denly, Matthew Quinn, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, Qais Ahmad
Essex will start their campaign for the Vitality Blasts 2022 when they face the defending champions; Kent on 27th May at Canterbury. Essex had a season to forget last year and they will try to start this new season on a positive note against Kent.
Essex had managed to win just 5 games last season from 13 matches. They were heavily dependent on their bowling attack which was led by captain Simon Harmer and Sam Cook. They both were phenomenal last season and had picked 39 wickets combined in the 13 matches they played.
Essex’s main concern is their batting unit. They had struggled last year with their batting throughout the league. Michael Pepper was the only batter who had managed to put some runs on the board last season. He had scored 260 runs in the 13 matches scoring one fifty as well. Other batters like Dan Lawrence and Tom Westley need to score some runs this season to strengthen their batting unit.
The team has a pretty balanced squad where they just need to work on their middle-order batting and utilize their bowling strength as a weapon this season as well. They will face Kent who have a decent bowling attack and that is why it will be a big test for Essex’s batters to score runs against the defending champions in their opening fixture.
Key players for Essex:
Dan Lawrence, Tom Westley, Simon Harmer, Sam Cook.
Adam Wheater (wk), Dan Lawrence, Tom Westley, Michael Pepper, Josh Rymell, James Neesham, Simon Harmer (c), Paul Walter, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Sam Cook.
Adam Rossington, Matt Critchley, Paul Walter, Aron Nijjar, Samuel Cook, Daniel Sams, Tom Westley, William Buttleman, Ben Allison, Simon Harmer, Michael Pepper
The weather will be cloudy on match day, with a 10-20% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 19°C - 8°C range.
St Lawrence Ground from Canterbury will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 15000 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This ground has conducted only 4 ODIs matches so far but is mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers. But here the general trend is a captain prefers to chase in the limited-overs format. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
Though Kent’s bowlers failed to take wickets in the first game against Somerset, they have a pretty good bowling attack that can help them to put pressure on Essex’s batting lineup. By looking at the current squads, Kent have an upper hand over Essex as far as the batting and bowling depth is concerned.
We predict that Kent will defeat Essex.
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