Date & Time: Friday, September 11, 18:30 IST
Venue: County Ground, Chelmsford, England
Essex (ESS) vs Surrey (SUR)
Well, Essex is back on the show tonight, as they are all set to lock horns with Surrey in the evening clash. So far, they had a pretty poor season with zero wins to their name. They lost three of their five games and involved in a draw and a washout game. They are on the bottom of the points table and seriously, looking for a win in this phase.
On the other hand, Surrey is at second in the points table and slowly turning the tables in their favour after the top-order picking form. The likes of Hashim Amla, Will Jacks has been doing well while Batty and Moriarty are doing the job with the ball to end things on right side. Coming back to Essex, they are heavily reliant on Cameron Delport and Doeschate with the bat while bowling has been their major concern. With both teams eyeing to take those crucial points, one can expect a quality contest between the duo.
Varun Chopra, Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Paul Walter, Simon Harmer (c), Shane Snater, Aron Nijjar, Matthew Quinn
Hashim Amla, Will Jacks, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes (wk), Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Overton, Gareth Batty (c), Daniel Moriarty, Reece Topley
With the ball coming on nicely, the batters have used the shorter boundaries to their advantage in the initial phase of the season but spinners are yielding turn and bounce from the wicket in the last few games, which is making things tough for the batsmen. It is once again expected to be in favour of the spinners, which means that batsmen need to be on top of their game.
Jacks has been splendid in this tournament so far. Both with the bat and the ball, he is doing the job for Surrey in this season. He has got PPM of 44 in the last five games, which shows his consistency.
Amla is showing his experience for Surrey in a perfect way. He started the tournament on a positive note and carrying it in the right way to help his side get good starts on a consistent basis. We expect him to do well tonight, especially, against inexperienced-Essex team.
Delport has to be on your side at any cost. He is batting well in the opening slot and also delivering wickets with his medium-fast bowling. Either by stats or looking at the pitch conditions, Cameron Delport has the odds in his favour to do well.
He has got brilliant stats in the last couple of seasons but unfortunately, he is finding it tough to make things happen for his side. However, in the last game, he showed a bit of himself of the past, which is why we picked him as our Big Bet tonight.
Rory Burns has good scores to his name in this season but his batting position and inexperience in this format of the game has made us leave him out for this contest.