Will Middlesex take another step towards to knockout stages?
Our Prediction is Middlesex to win this game!
Middlesex returned to the winning way with their victory over Surrey by 37 runs last match. They have three wins out of their four completed matches and are looking good for knockouts qualification. Kiwi Ross Taylor has joined the team and straightaway made an impact with his 64 runs on a tough pitch in the last match. Cameos from Nick Gubbins, Nathan Sowter and Toby Roland-James took the score to competitive 277 runs. Their bowling unit came to the fore dismissing Surrey for just 240 runs and helping their team win comprehensively. Tom Helm and Nathan Sowter took 4-wicket hauls and never allowed any partnership to bloom in the middle. Steven Finn had an off-day last match and leaked runs at over 7 RPO. They will look to win this contest and strengthen their position in the points table.
Sussex had their first defeat last match after rain washed away the match in just 16.3 overs into their batting. The early loss of 4 wickets cost them the match as per the DL method and are extremely unlucky to lose the match. Philip Salt scored a brilliant century in the second match and is in good form with the bat. Laurie Evans, Luke Wright and Harry Finch have made vital contributions with the bat so far. David Wiese played a match-winning knock of 92* in the first match after top-order wickets fell. Their bowling has been their biggest positive his season reducing all the teams to a score below 300 runs. Pakistani Mir Hamza is their strike bowler and is taking wickets at regular intervals to stop the opposition`s batting momentum. David Wiese, George Garton and Chris Jordan have provided good support to the team`s bowling and added strength to the team`s pace attack. Will Beer and Danial Briggs bowl in tandem to take control of spin bowling in the middle overs.
Ross Taylor – Taylor replaced Eoin Morgan who leaves the team owing to his national duties. Ross Taylor is an experienced player who can play in all conditions effectively and his presence in the middle order is a welcome change for Middlesex.
Nathan Sowter – Sowter is making the right noises this season with his performances. His all-round contribution of 31 runs from no. 10 position and bowling figures of 4/37 was instrumental for their victory last match.
Nick Gubbins – 188 runs Avg. - 62.7, Hs-98*, 50s-2
Nathan Sowter – 11 wickets, Avg – 20.4, Economy – 5.7 RPO (BB – 6/62)
Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan (c), John Simpson (wk), Ross Taylor, Stephen Sean Eskinazi, Nick Gubbins, George Scott, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn
David Wiese – Wiese is an all-rounder who can contribute with both the bat and ball equally and is a complete all-rounder. He played a match-winning knock with the bat in the first match but has just two wickets with the ball in three matches.
Mir Hamza –Hamza has 8 wickets in just 3 matches played so far and is amongst the leading wicket-takers. He is a wicket taking bowler and in pitches which aid batsmen getting their wicket is the only way to stop the batsmen.
Philip Salt – 176 runs Avg. -88, Hs-137, 100s-1
Mir Hamza – 8 wickets, Avg – 20, Economy -5.5 RPO (BB -4/41)
Luke Wright/Stiaan Van Zyl, Will Beer, Ben Brown (c & wk), Laurie Evans, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Mir Hamza, David Wiese, Harry Finch, Philip Salt, George Garton
Lord's pitch at London is good for batting and both teams will enjoy batting on this placid surface. Teams batting first must score a minimum of 300 runs to put up a contest. London weather is not looking good with high chances of rain and it may disturb the match proceedings and may bring DL equation into consideration.
Teams are not sure of par score in batting pitches and are comfortable chasing the target. Further, rain and DL factor may push captains to bat second so that they can calculate their chase to perfection.
Middlesex is having momentum with a win and is looking like a well-settled line-up. They also have home conditions to their advantage. Sussex have a fragile top order with less contribution compared to Middlesex and come from a loss in the last match. So, we expect Middlesex to win this match.
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