Man of the Match: Will Jacks
Can Middlesex breach Surrey`s London fortress
SURREY will win the match
Middlesex and Surrey will start their 2021 season campaign against each other in the 6th league match. Both teams have won the T20 Blast titles but it was a decade ago with Surrey winning the inaugural title in 2003 and Middlesex in 2008. Surrey had a better season last year as they ended runners-up after losing the finals against Nottingham. Middlesex ended their campaign in group stages itself failing to qualify for the knockouts. And the availability of a lot of England players will amke both teams playing XI filled with more star power. Both teams will look to start their season with a victory.
Max Holden, Steve Eskinazi, John Simpson, and Luke Hollman will form the pillars of their batting department. Eoin Morgan may play this match based on his availability. Aussie duo of Mitchell marsh and Peter Handscomb will add experience to the batting squad. Paul Stirling will make a huge difference with his aggressive start for the team.
Skipper Steve Finn will lead their bowling attack with Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-James, and Tom Helm for company. They have an exciting spin department with Afghan Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Nathan Sowter, and Luke Hollman in their ranks. They have very experienced pace and spin bowling departments.
Top players to bet on:
Steve Eskinazi – Eskinazi scored 413 runs at a strike rate of 150 last season and gave brilliant start to his team in almost all the outings. He had 4 fifties to his name last year. We expect him to continue his assault in this year too.
Steve Finn – Steve Finn picked up 14 wickets at an economy rate of 8 RPO. He is tall, lanky pacer who will be tough to predict for the batsmen in this conditions. He will trouble the batsmen with his pace and bounce and pick vital wickets.
Max Holden, Stephen Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, John Simpson (wk), Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn (C), Eoin Morgan/Mitchell Marsh, Tim Murtagh, Toby Roland-Jones, Luke Hollman
Ethan Bamber, Christopher Green, Max Holden, Luke Hollman, Paul Stirling, Blake Cullen, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, Nathan Sowter, ST Finn
Rory Burns will miss this match and Will Jacks will take over the captaincy duties. Will Jacks, Hashim Amla, Jamie Smith, and Jason Roy will form the core of their batting line-up and they will miss Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes too. Laurie Evans, Mark Stoneman, Jamie Overton, and Rikki Clarke are veteran county players and form an excellent batting depth for the team.
Their pace bowling unit is full of big players with Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Sean Abbott, Kemar roach, Liam Plunkett, and Jade Dernbach who have played in the international stage. Gareth batty, Daniel Moriarty, and Amar Virdi will form the spin department for the team and they have the ability to bowl in all conditions effectively.
Top players to bet on:
Will Jacks – Will Jacks scored 309 runs and picked up 13 wickets last season. He was one of the most valuable player for the team and we expect him to continue his good form in this year too.
Sam Curran – Sam Curran has been most sought after youngster in T20 format and can bowl in both power play and death overs effectively. We expect him to make a big mark in this year`s T20 Blast season.
Will Jacks (C), Hashim Amla, Jason Roy, Jamie Smith, Jamie Overton, Laurie Evans, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Daniel Moriarty, Gareth Batty
Matt Dunn, Gareth Batty, Jason Roy, Jamie Smith, Jordan Clark, Will Jacks, Daniel Moriarty, Jamie Overton, Laurie Evans, Tom Curran, Sam Curran
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||2.19 k/h||From: SW||17%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||2.32 k/h||From: SW||24%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||2.08 k/h||From: SW||39%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||3.01 k/h||From: WSW||69%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: SW||84%|
|15h||23||0.19 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: SW||75%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||4.41 k/h||From: SW||76%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||3.05 k/h||From: SW||49%|
London will have bright and sunny weather on the match day. We expect no rain appearance in this match with pleasant weather conditions.
London is a high scoring ground and we can expect a run feats in this match. Bowlers must execute their plans to perfection on this track. We expect average scores around 180-200 runs in this match.
Chasing is the preferred option in T20s unless the captains feel the pitch will slow down in the second innings. We expect both captain go as per the trend by bowling first.
Both teams have excellent batting and bowling units with English national players like Sam Curran, Tom Curran, and Eoin Morgan available currently. Surrey has a slightly better team with a number of all-rounders such as Sam Curran, Will Jacks, Tom Curran, and Jamie Overton in their team to provide depth and balance. They have also have an excellent record at this venue and opposition Middlesex in the recent years. We expect Surrey to win this match
SURREY will win the match