Date & Time: Saturday, September 05, 17:35 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
Kent and Essex have had contrasting seasons so far in the tournament. Essex had a tough time and is still looking for their first victory under the captaincy of Simon Harmer. The batting department has been failing in unison, while none of the bowlers are showing consistency to make things fall in place.
On the other hand, Kent had a superb journey so far, winning 2 out of their four games. The rest of the matches were tied to take one point from each. Technically, they haven’t lost a single game yet and are looking to stable their position in the points table.
Kent is mostly dependent on the trio Zak Crawley, Drummond, and Kuhn, who has been exceptional with the bat. When it comes to bowling, it is Fred Klassen, who is doing the job for the team. For Essex, the team is completely dependent on Cameron Delport with the likes of Westley and Varun Chopra failing to deliver in this season. However, it would be interesting to see how things would be tonight.
Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox (wk), Grant Stewart, Tim Groenewald, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum
Cameron Delport, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (c), Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Matthew Quinn
So far Kennington has given equal assistance for both batsmen and the bowlers. Fast bowlers enjoyed a bounce on the wicket while the spinners have got their turn to make things happen. Batsmen need to be careful with their shots initially but once they get settled in, batsmen can make use of the shorter boundaries.
Daniel has been a bit inconsistent in this season but whenever he gets settled in the crease, he makes things pretty easy for his side. He already proved his worth by scoring match-winning knocks for his side. Drummond has PPM of 62 on this tour.
He has to be the first player on your paper for his consistency in the tournament. The flamboyant batsman has been delivering goods on a regular basis to be in the Dream Team in every single game. He has PPM of 58 in the last three games.
Delport has been exceptional for his side but somehow, always ended on the wrong side of things. Not just with the bat but, Delport has been delivering consistently with the ball. He has got PPM of 60 in the last three games with an MDTA of 1.
Ryan Ten Doeschate has finally made a good comeback with his consistent scores. But, the problem with him is his conversion rate of normal scores to big knocks. However, he has got the ability to make it happen on his day. Thus, we chose him as our big bet today.
Unfortunately, we had to leave Tom Westley from our side. He had a fantastic season in 2019 but somehow, he couldn’t deliver for Essex in this season. Looking at poor stats in the season so far, we decided to ignore him for this contest.
We had to ignore him just to bring balance to this side. Walter had done well enough with the ball in the initial few games but he didn’t get his full quota of overs. He is also very unpredictable regarding his performance. Thus, we opted for him out.