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Toss Winner - Middlesex won the toss and chose to bowl first
Surrey beat Middlesex by 20 runs
Middlesex has been rocked by three consecutive losses.
Surrey should emerge victorious in this match.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
Middlesex’s campaign has derailed a bit after suffering three losses in a row. They are currently placed 6th in the South Group with 3 wins, 3 losses, and 6 points, and a net run rate of -0.800. They have a tough task ahead of them as they take on table-toppers Surrey in their next game. Surrey is having a dream run this season and is yet to lose a match. With 5 wins and 11 points at a net run rate of +1.749, Surrey has looked the most dominant side in the competition and will look to continue their run.
Middlesex started the season with three wins in a row but have been rocked by consecutive losses in their next three matches. In their last game, they could only post 142-7 against Hampshire, and the opposition chased it down with 9 wickets in hand and 8 overs remaining. That crushing loss would have seriously dented their confidence.
Captain Stevie Eskinazi has led from the front so far with 208 runs in 6 matches at a strike rate of 170.49. Fellow opener Max Holden (160 runs at 148.14) and No.3 Joe Cracknell (158 runs at 137.39) are the other two who have been consistent. The onus will again be on the top three to get the runs as the others in the batting unit have been out of form.
Martin Andersson has been Middlesex’s best bowler this season with 10 wickets at an economy of 9.21. Jason Behrendorff has only played 3 games and picked up 2 wickets, but the fast bowler has looked good. Toby Roland-Jones (9 wickets at 8.11) has been really good too while off-spinner Chris Green (6 wickets at 8.66) has done a decent job at containing the flow of runs.
Stephen Eskinazi (c), Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, Martin Andersson, Jack Davies, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Toby Roland-Jones, Thilan Walallawita, Jason Behrendorff
Toby Roland-Jones, Christopher Green, Max Holden, Tom Helm, Jason Behrendorff, Luke Hollman, Martin Andersson, Joe Cracknell, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson
Surrey is looking unbeatable this season. They registered their 5th win in their last match against Sussex where they chased down a target of 147 in just 16.3 overs with 7 wickets to spare. The best part about this win was that opener Jason Roy got some necessary runs under his belt with a well made 50 off 41 balls on a tough wicket. Will Jacks has now overtaken Sam Curran as the leading run-getter of the season with a composed 57 off 37 balls that took his tally to 197 runs.
Another positive point about Surrey’s win against Sussex was Kieron Pollard’s cameo of 23 off 11 balls at the end to finish the game. The burly West Indian opener has been out of touch of late and this knock will give him confidence.
Surrey’s bowling has looked good and balanced. Reece Topley has been dependable at the start with his seam and swing and has 9 scalps so far at an economy of 7.91. Off-spinner Sunil Narine continues to impress with his miserly ways and is going at an economy of just 4.85. Captain Chris Jordan is doing his job well at the death and returned figures of 23-2 off 4 overs in the last match.
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Laurie Evans, Jamie Overton, Kieron Pollard, Chris Jordan (c), Sunil Narine, Jamie Smith (wk), Daniel Worrall, Reece Topley
Jason Roy, Reece Topley, Jamie Smith, Will Jacks, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Worrall, Jamie Overton, Chris Jordan, Sunil Narine, Laurie Evans, Sam Curran
The pitch at Lord's cricket ground in London is traditionally a really good batting wicket. This will be a fresh pitch, so the ball should come on nicely to the bat. But bowlers should get some purchase too.
The average score batting first at the Lord's cricket ground is 170. The highest total posted here is 223-7 by Surrey. A total of around 180-190 runs in this game should be a match-winning one.
Teams batting first have had a better record at this ground, winning 17 of the 32 matches played here. Since this will be the first match of the season here, the team winning the toss is likely to bat first.
Surrey has dominated Middlesex comfortably in recent years and has won 4 of the last 5 games played between the two sides. The last time Middlesex beat Surrey was way back in August 2019. Surrey is likely to continue their dominance; they have a great winning momentum with them and have got most bases covered. Middlesex, meanwhile, is heavily dependent on their top three batters while their bowling pales in comparison to Surrey’s.
Surrey should emerge victorious in this match.
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