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Kent vs Middlesex, VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021, Today Match Prediction

St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England

178/8 in 20.0

8.90

162/8 in 20.0

8.10
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Middlesex won the toss and chose to bowl first

Kent beat Middlesex by 16 runs

MIDDLESEX LOOK TO RECOVER & CHALLENGE THE HOSTS KENT

  • Pacers picked up 10 wickets at an economy rate of 8.1 RPO while spinners picked 6 wickets at an economy rate of 7 RPO in the last match at this venue.
  • Middlesex won one and tied one game against Kent last year with both matches being a last ball thriller.
  • Kent has 3-2 win-loss record at this venue in last 5 T20 matches.

MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH

Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England | Toss: To Bowl

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Name
LAN
YOR
WOR
NOT
NOR
DUR
DER
WRW
LEI
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
2
2
0
0
0
4
0.584
1
1
0
0
0
2
0.746
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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0
1
0
1
0
0
0
-0.369
1
0
1
0
0
0
-0.746
1
0
1
0
0
0
-0.8

Kent had an impressive all-round performance with both bat and ball in their opening match to win easily by 38 runs. Their top order must look to make a big score once they are set might be their only concern going ahead. Middlesex on the other hand lost their opening match by 58 runs failing to chase 224 runs. Their bowlers were smashed all over the park by the opposition. Kent will look to extend their winning streak on injured Middlesex while their opponents will to eager to put their first points on board this season.

Kent Preview

Kent openers Joe Denly (44 runs) and Daniel Bell Drummond (42 runs) started their campaign with a brilliant 86-run partnership in just 42 balls. Oliver Robinson (48 runs) and Jordan Cox (23 runs) rebuild their innings after 4 quick wickets in the middle overs (8-12) to end their innings on a good total of 176 runs.

Their bowlers kept the run rate in the check in the early part of the match despite opposition scoring 50 runs in the powerplay. The wickets started to crumble like a deck of cards. Fred Klassen picked up 4 wickets while Grant Stewart and Darren Stevens chipped with 2 wickets each. They restricted the opposition to just 138 runs in the 20 overs to win by 38 runs.

Top players to bet on:

Joe Denly: Denly smashed 44 runs off 23 balls with 2 sixes and 6 boundaries to kput the opposition bowlers under pressure. He then coupled his batting performance with a bowling spell of 2-0-11-0 to help his team.

Darren Stevens: Stevens broke the opening partnership (dismissed both openers) and opened the floodgates for his team.  He ended with brilliant figures of 4-0-22-2 in the match to help his team win easily.

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Joe Denly, Oliver Robinson (wk), Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, James Logan

Kent Actual Playing XI:

Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Joe Denly, Alex Blake, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ollie Robinson, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, James Logan

Middlesex Preview

Middlesex batting unit were set a mountain of 224 runs to chase in this match. Their top-3 of Stephen Eskinazi (36 runs), Paul Stirling (58 runs), and Eoin Morgan (32 runs) kept scoring runs at a good rate and scored 130+ runs in the first 13 overs. But the run rate pressure got them back and they kept losing wickets easily in the middle overs to finish with just 169 runs on board in 20 overs.

Chris Green was their most economic bowler with figures of 4-0-25-1 while the other spinner Nathan Sowter and Skipper Steve Finn picked up 3 & 2 wickets respectively in the match. Ethan Bamber and Blake Cullen`s combined 5 overs cost 84 runs for the team. Their bowlers need to rethink their line of attack in this match.

Top players to bet on:

Paul Stirling: Stirling brought life into the chase with 58 runs off 28 balls with 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. But he was unlucky to be run-out due to miscommunication and will be eager to bat again.  

Nathan Sowter: Sowter had bowling figures of 4-0-40-3 and he in fact bowled the last over with his leg breaks.  He kept taking wickets in almost every over and his one big over of 15 runs spoiled his bowling figures.

Middlesex Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Stephen Eskinazi, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan (c), John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Nathan Sowter, Blake Cullen, Steven Finn, Tom Helm/Tim Murtagh

Middlesex Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
P Stirling
58
28
5
4
207.14
S Eskinazi
36
33
4
0
109.09
E Morgan
32
17
2
2
188.24
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
N Sowter
4.0
0
40
3
10
S Finn
4.0
0
41
2
10.25
C Green
4.0
0
25
1
6.25

Middlesex Actual Playing XI:

Ethan Bamber, Christopher Green, Max Holden, Luke Hollman, Paul Stirling, Blake Cullen, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
3.37 k/h
From: SW
1%
03h
14
0 mm.
2.97 k/h
From: SW
4%
06h
16
0 mm.
2.29 k/h
From: WSW
17%
09h
21
0 mm.
2.94 k/h
From: WSW
43%
12h
22
0.41 mm.
3.6 k/h
From: SW
56%
15h
22
0.39 mm.
4.59 k/h
From: WSW
100%
18h
22
0 mm.
4.14 k/h
From: SW
100%
21h
17
0 mm.
3.12 k/h
From: WSW
100%

Weather Conditions

Canterbury has pleasant weather in the temperature range of mid 20s and no weather interruptions will be expected in this match whatsoever.

Venue Details

Canterbury is a good pitch to bat on and batsmen will look to take advantage of the field restrictions in the powerplay. The ball might aid spinners once it slows down in middle overs. We can expect runs around 170-180 runs in this match.

Toss: To Bowl

Chasing is the best option as no target is safe in T20 matches and all captains elected to field first so far in the T20 Blast this season.

Both teams relied heavily on the likes of their top-3 batsmen in the last game to score the bulk of runs for team. Middlesex has a slightly better-quality batting line-up with international stars Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling in their team XI. Kent bowlers performed well in the opening match while Middlesex struggled with fourth and fifth bowling options. We expect Middlesex to win this match as they have more experienced players at the big stage in both batting and bowling departments.

MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar