Sussex Sharks’ battle to cement a place in the quarterfinals
Sussex Sharks to win
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.
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.
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
Zak Crawley, Dan Lincoln, George Munsey, Marcus O'Riordan, Calum MacLeod, Harry Finch, Heino Kuhn, Matthew Quinn, Safyaan Sharif, Elliot Hooper, Harry Podmore
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.
Luke Wright (c), Philip Salt (wk), Ravi Bopara, Harrison Ward, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Will Beer, Ollie Robinson, Mitchell Claydon, Archie Lenham
Luke Wright, RS Bopara, Harrison Ward, Oliver Carter, Ollie Robinson, Delray Rawlins, Jofra Archer, Will Beer, Rashid Khan, Phil Salt, D Wiese
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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.
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.
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 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