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Worcestershire vs Kent, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

New Road, Worcester

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  • ME Milnes took 16 wickets for Kent in 2019, averaging 30 and a 6.87 economy rate.
  • In the most recent edition of the Royal London One-day Cup, Zak Crawley scored 394 runs for Kent with an average of 56 and a strike rate of 87.
  • George Munsey scored a quickfire 96 with a strike rate of over 121 against Durham in Kent’s first group game.

Expect Worcestershire to open their account with a comfortable win over Kent.

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: New Road, Worcester | Toss: To Bowl

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Worcestershire will start their game against Kent on Sunday on a high. They have just defeated Herefordshire convincingly in a warm-up match after bowling them out for a mere 191 and later chasing down the target with seven wickets in hand and 128 balls (21.2 overs) to spare. They have an all-round strength with experienced players in the squad. Joe Leach can be challenging under overcast conditions that have been predicted for Sunday. His movement with the ball can bring the early wickets. Baker can also come in handy.

Kent has already started their Royal London campaign, but with a 103-run defeat against a strong Durham side. Kent didn’t look convincing both with the bat as well as the ball. Except for two or three batters, no one really could last an impression. Although they chased over 300 runs without getting bundled before 50 overs, their batting raised a lot of questions. With the ball, their condition is even worse. They gave away 242 runs before dropping first blood. Even the fresh batsmen weren’t intimidated by the way Kent bowlers bowled. In New Road, the weather will favor the bowler. They must maintain their line and length to challenge the hosts.

Kent finished the league stage of the Royal London One-day Cup 2019 with 5 points after winning 2 and losing 5 of their 8 matches. On the other hand, Worcester was second in their group with 12 points after winning 6 games. Both teams will want to perform better, especially Kent after losing their opening match of this season’s Royal London edition.

Worcestershire Preview

Haines and D’Oliveira will open for the hosts with Fell and Dell securing the third and fourth spot. Both the middle-order batsmen are in terrific form and formed a 125-run partnership for the third wicket just a couple of days ago. Against Kent, they will pose a formidable force if the opponents do not bowl the right line and length. Leach will be dangerous with the new ball and Morris can be lethal if weather conditions help the bowling side. Baker, if given the ball, can tame the Kent batsmen during the slog overs.

Worcestershire Predicted Playing XI:

Jack Haynes, Joshua Dell, Tom Fell, Brett D'Oliveira, Jacques Banton, Joe Leach, Moeen Ali, Gareth Roderick, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris, Ed Barnard

Kent Preview

Kent’s batting is strong, but the top-order has recently collapsed while chasing a mammoth 406-run chase against Durham. George Munsey and Harry Finch will strengthen the side’s middle-order. Hamidullah Qadri’s spinning abilities can distress Worcestershire. And his sensible yet fearless batting can add an edge to the visitors’ line-up. Bowling is generally looking very weak as compared to the hosts.

Kent Predicted Playing XI:

Alex Blake, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Tawanda Muyeye, Zak Crawley, Grant Stewart, Ollie Robinson, Sam Billings, Hamidullah Qadri, Harry Podmore, James Logan,

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
21
0 mm.
2.59 k/h
From: SSE
29%
03h
20
0 mm.
2.23 k/h
From: SSW
52%
06h
18
0 mm.
2.34 k/h
From: SSW
76%
09h
18
0.10 mm.
3.67 k/h
From: SW
100%
12h
17
1.12 mm.
4.87 k/h
From: SSW
100%
15h
18
0.31 mm.
4.54 k/h
From: SW
100%
18h
22
0.19 mm.
4.14 k/h
From: SW
99%
21h
24
0.35 mm.
3.98 k/h
From: SW
83%

Weather Conditions

The pitch is expected to have excess moisture which might help the seamers. The weather prediction for the matchday suggests cloud to stay for most of the day, making it lethal for batsmen. If breeze accompanies, the wicket shall play for the bowling side.

Venue Details

New Road County Ground will host the match between Worcestershire and Kent. In the last games, each team has won two and lost two, with one game being drawn.

Toss: To Bowl

The siide that wins the toss, would be keen to bowl first and restrict the opposition to less than 250 runs.

The toss will play a crucial role in the match. As data suggests, most times teams batting second at the New Road County Ground has won. Cricket can never be judged based on the past performance of a team. Nevertheless, the majority of Kent’s line-up isn’t in form and that showed during their last outing. And as per our analysis, it will be a comfortable win for Worcestershire.

Expect Worcestershire to open their account with a comfortable win over Kent.

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Author: Shoaib Z.