Date & Time: Monday, September 14, 18:30 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Kent faces Hampshire in one of the three matches being played in the South Group of T20 Blast2020 on Monday. This is a crucial time for Kent which is in the race for the quarterfinals with 3 wins from 6 matches played so far. Their opponents, Hampshire could only register one win so far. Their hope to finish in the top 8 teams seem bleak unless a miracle happens.
Kent has come up with all-round performance so far in the tournament but they have relied on the top order to score the bulk of the runs. On the other hand, the Hampshire batsman has been sloppy which has been their shortcomings in the tournament.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox (wk), Grant Stewart, Calum Haggett, Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen
Tom Alsop, James Vince (c), Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (wk), Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi
Southampton is usually known to produce sporting games and in the only match played in the tournament it has been the case. The average score at this venue is around 160 and spinners have done slightly better than pacers historically.
The Kent opener is among the top 5 run-scorers in the season and has been key for side’s victories so far in the tournament. His PPM of 70 and MDTA of 1.25 makes him amongst the top picks of the match.
He is one of the consistent performers for Hampshire in the season. He has scored at PPM of almost 45 in the tour. His all-round ability makes him a worthy pick in the Dream11 cricket team.
He is unfortunate to miss out on the Australian Series but his presence proved to be vital for Kent at this crucial phase of the tournament. In the first match of the tour, he has come up with 75 points with an all-round show. He also has an impressive record in the league where he has a PPM of almost 60.
He usually is known for his worthy performances on a daily basis but in this tour, he is yet to hit his best. In the two matches played he could only score 30 points. But given he has a PPM of 40 in 45 matches of T20 Blast we expect him to fire in this match.
He is only second to Bell Drummond when it comes to run-scoring in the season. He scored at PPM of almost 50 but we didn’t opt him for C or VC in this match given there are other consistent and all-round performers.