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Will Kent open their point account up against mighty Lancashire who are still unbeaten in this tournament?
We predict that Lancashire will defeat Kent.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: Kent County Cricket Ground, Beckenham | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Kent will face Lancashire in their 3rd fixture of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 28th July at Kent County Cricket Ground which is the home ground of Kent. Kent are yet to win a game in this tournament whereas Lancashire are still unbeaten. Currently, with 2 wins in 2 games, Lancashire are at 2nd place in group 2 having 4 points in their account whereas, Kent are at 8th place in the same group as they lost both the games they played in this season.
Kent needs to win this game to open their point account and to stay in the race of the playoffs, on the other side, Lancashire will try to continue their winning momentum against Kent on 28th July at Beckenham.
Kent lost their previous 2 games of this league against Durham and Worcestershire respectively in the first two matches. With 0 points in hand, Kent are currently at 8th place in the 2nd group of the tournament and they will try to win this game against Lancashire to remain in this league. In the first match against Durham, Kent’s bowling department failed to restrict Durham and conceded 405 runs in 50 overs. None of the team’s bowlers could manage to put the economy under 6 during their spells. As a result, they failed to chase down this huge target and lost the match by a huge margin of 103 runs. George Mundey’s 96 from 79 balls couldn’t help the team to secure a win.
In the second match against Worcester, the same thing happened as although they managed to score 322 runs on the board, they failed to restrict opponents from chasing a target. Again George Munsey managed to score 108 runs from113 balls, but bowlers ruined his inning and Kent lost this match by 3 wickets. Kent have some serious batting depth in their squad but their bowling ailed in both matches they played and became the reason for their defeats. They will now try to solve those issues before playing against Lancashire on 28th July.
Key players for Kent: Ollie Robinson, George Munsey, Hamidullah Quadri, Matt Quinn.
Tawanda Muyeye, Ollie Robinson(c, wk), Heino Kuhn, George Munsey, Darren Stevens, Harry Finch, Harry Podmore, Marcus O'Riordan, James Logan, Hamidullah Quadri, Matt Quinn.
Lancashire are looking more strong this season and have managed to win both games against Sussex and Gloucestershire in the first two matches of the league to claim the 2nd spot in group 2 with 4 points. While playing against Sussex, with the help of Liam Hurt’s (3 wickets for 55 runs) and Danny Lamb’s (2 wickets for 65 runs) attacking spells, they have managed to restrict opponents to 270 runs in 50 overs. During the chase of that target, Danny Lamb showed his batting skills also to score not out 86 runs from 69 balls in the lower order by helping his team to pick up 2 points.
Against Gloucestershire, bowlers of the team were on the mark and bowled out opponents on just 171 runs. Danny Lamb was sensational again to take fifer on just 30 runs in 9 overs. Lancashire easily chased down the target in 43 overs to continue their winning streak. The overall squad is looking strong in both batting as well as bowling and will try to continue their winning momentum against Kent in their 3rd match of the league on 18th July.
Top players for Lancashire: Luke Wells, Dane Vilas, Danny Lamb, Rob Jones.
Keaton Jennings, Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells, Dane Vilas(c), Steven Croft, George Lavelle(wk), Danny Lamb, Rob Jones, Liam Hurt, Tom Bailey, Jack Morley.
The weather will be cloudy on match day, with a 60-70% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 19°C - 13°C range.
The Kent County Ground in Beckenham will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Kent side and has conducted many domestic games. This stadium can accommodate a total of 10,000 people.
This ground has offered an advantage to bowlers in few previous domestic matches. The team who has opted to bowl first here has delivered better than the batting team. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.
By looking at the current form in this tournament, Lancashire are looking strong in this game. They have good depth in the batting order as well as have some good all-rounders in their squad to handle the inning in the middle overs. On the other side, Kent are still looking to fix their bowling issues and also their batting in death overs. They need to solve those issues first while playing against Lancashire.
We predict that Lancashire will defeat Kent.
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