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

18 July 2021 | 23:00 | St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England
130/7 in 20.0 6.50
134/6 in 17.1 7.81 winner

Toss Winner - Kent won the toss and chose to bat first

winner Sussex beat Kent by 4 wickets

Sussex Sharks’ battle to cement a place in the quarterfinals

  • Kent Spitfires would miss several key players in this game who are out due to Covid isolation protocol
  • Sussex Sharks have lost only 3 games this season and the side has enjoyed good form from most of their players
  • Sussex Sharks batsmen Luke Wright and Phillip Salt have played well and scored more than 500 runs so far

Sussex Sharks to win

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


Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Nottinghamshire 14 8 3 3 0 19 -0.711
Lancashire 14 7 5 1 1 16 0.205
Yorkshire 13 7 5 0 1 15 0.305
Warwickshire 14 7 6 0 1 15 0.006
Worcestershire 13 6 5 1 0 14 -0.593
Durham 14 6 7 0 1 13 1.503
Leicestershire 13 5 8 0 0 10 1.029
Derbyshire 12 4 7 1 0 9 -0.375
Northamptonshire 13 4 8 0 0 9 -0.7
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
19 -0.711 14 8 3 3 0
16 0.205 14 7 5 1 1
15 0.305 13 7 5 0 1
15 0.006 14 7 6 0 1
14 -0.593 13 6 5 1 0
13 1.503 14 6 7 0 1
10 1.029 13 5 8 0 0
9 -0.375 12 4 7 1 0
9 -0.7 13 4 8 0 0

kent vs sus Match Prediction & Analysis

It is the 127th game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2021 where the Kent Spitfires would be up against the Sussex Sharks. The Spitfires won the last game against Middlesex and have already earned a place into the quarterfinals. The Sussex Sharks lost the last game against Hampshire Hawks and need to win this one to earn a guaranteed place in the next round. 

The Kent Spitfires have had a great season so far where they have lost only three games. However, the side has been hit by a Covid scare and had to field a new look side in the last game. There is lot of uncertainty in the squad at the moment and there isn’t clarity on their best players playing this game. Sussex Sharks would sniff an opportunity here in this game.

Teams Preview

Kent Preview

Heino Kuhn would be proud of the way his side played in the last game against Middlesex winning it by 77 runs. Kuhn was forced into the leadership role after several key players including their skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond had to be quarantined due to cases of Covid in the squad. They have already made it to the next round and the skipper would look to win this game and carry the momentum forward. 

George Munsey and Zak Crawley would have a very important role to play in this game and shall need to provide the side with a good start. In Kuhn and Harry Finch, the side has the middle order in good form. They would also expect good hitting towards the end from the likes of Calum MacLeod, Dan Lincoln and Marcus O’Riordan. 

Their bowlers had a brilliant outing in the last game dismissing Middlesex for 80 runs. The side would expect Matthew Quinn and Marcus O’Riordan to bowl similar spells with the new ball. Safyaan Sharif, Harry Podmore and Elliot Hoope were excellent in the last game sharing 7 wickets between them in the middle overs and they shall look to start from where they had left in the last game.

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Heino Kuhn (c), George Munsey, Zak Crawley, Harry Finch, Calum MacLeod, Dan Lincoln (wk), Marcus O’Riordan, Safyaan Sharif, Harry Podmore, Elliot Hooper, Matthew Quinn

Kent Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
H Finch 47 35 6 0 134.29
H Kuhn 42 34 4 0 123.53
Z Crawley 26 12 1 3 216.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
Elliot Hooper 4.0 0 24 3 6
M Quinn 2.3 0 13 2 5.2
H Podmore 3.0 0 12 2 4
Bowlers O M R W Econ
Elliot Hooper 4.0 0 24 3 6
M Quinn 2.3 0 13 2 5.2
H Podmore 3.0 0 12 2 4

Kent Actual Playing XI:

Zak Crawley, Dan Lincoln, George Munsey, Marcus O'Riordan, Calum MacLeod, Harry Finch, Heino Kuhn, Matthew Quinn, Safyaan Sharif, Elliot Hooper, Harry Podmore

Sussex Preview

Luke Wright would be upset with the performance of his bowlers as they failed to defend a big score in the last game against Hampshire Hawks losing by 6 wickets. The Sharks’ skipper would be aware of the chances playing against a depleted Spitfires team and shall want his side to stand up and win this game.  

Philip Salt and Luke Wright have looked in good form and the side would need a good show from them at the top. In the middle order the side has good strength with David Wiese, Ravi Bopara and Delray Rawlins scoring runs in the last game. They would also expect big hits down the order from Rashid Khan and Harrison Ward. 

Ollie Robinson and Wiese were expensive in the last game, and they would have to start off well. Rashid Khan had a bad day, and the side would have huge expectations from him in this contest. In Archie Lenhman, Bopara, Will Beer and Rawlins the side has good variety in its bowling attack and shall look to do well in the next game.  

Sussex Predicted Playing XI:

Luke Wright (c), Philip Salt (wk), Ravi Bopara, Harrison Ward, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Will Beer, Ollie Robinson, Mitchell Claydon, Archie Lenham

Sussex Key Players From Previous Game Of VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
R Bopara 62 42 4 3 147.62
L Wright 54 41 9 0 131.71
R Khan 26 13 4 1 200
Bowlers O M R W Econ
W Beer 3.0 0 20 2 6.67
O Robinson 3.2 0 40 1 12
D Wiese 1.0 0 8 0 8
Bowlers O M R W Econ
W Beer 3.0 0 20 2 6.67
O Robinson 3.2 0 40 1 12
D Wiese 1.0 0 8 0 8

Sussex Actual Playing XI:

Luke Wright, RS Bopara, Harrison Ward, Oliver Carter, Ollie Robinson, Delray Rawlins, Jofra Archer, Will Beer, Rashid Khan, Phil Salt, D Wiese

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 15 0 mm. 1.12 k/h From: NE 0%
03h 15 0 mm. 0.85 k/h From: N 0%
06h 17 0 mm. 1.25 k/h From: NNW 0%
09h 23 0 mm. 1.94 k/h From: N 0%
12h 26 0 mm. 2.41 k/h From: N 1%
15h 27 0 mm. 1.83 k/h From: NNE 0%
18h 23 0 mm. 3.87 k/h From: ESE 6%
21h 17 0 mm. 2.77 k/h From: ESE 0%

Weather Conditions

The skies over Canterbury would be clear on July 18 and we expect to see a high scoring encounter. The pitch has been a belter so far and lots of runs have been scored on this surface with very little there for the bowlers. The side that bats first in the game would have a target score of 200 runs in mind.

Venue Details

St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury has been a happy hunting ground batsmen and we have seen big scores here. The track has true bounce and pace, and this allows batsmen to play their strokes freely. Fast bowlers do get some assistance here, but the small dimensions of the ground make it a big challenge for the spinners to bowl.

Toss: To Bat

We have seen big scores being made and chased at this venue this season. It has without doubt been one of the best wickets for the batsmen in this tournament. The side that wins the toss would be like to bat first in this game and aim at putting up a very big score. 

KENT vs SUS Winning Prediction

Kent Spitfires have done well so far in the season, but they are a depleted side with 8 of their starting XI out of the contention for this game due to a covid scare. The second-string side would face a huge challenge in this game. Sussex Sharks on the other hand have a very strong side going into this game and they would start nose ahead of the Spitfires.

Sussex Sharks to win

Author: S. Bhatarjee