Date & Time: Thursday, September 03, 22:45 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
It has been a tough ride so far for Essex and Middlesex, who are yet to open their account in the points table. Both teams have already put fine performances in the tournament but unfortunately, they ended on the wrong side of things when it mattered the most.
Middlesex is hurt with the unavailability of their star players while Essex is facing issues with their bowling department. Both teams decided to go with same lineups to secure their first win of the seasons. Eskinazi and Holden are top contributors for Middlesex while Essex is reliant on Cameron Delport and middle-order department.
The form of Varun Chopra and Westley has been a big concern while the inexperienced fast bowling attack is making things further tough for Essex. Meanwhile, Middlesex is struggling to get runs from the middle-order department.
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
Max Holden, Stephen Eskinazi, Martin Andersson, Nick Gubbins, John Simpson (wk), Dan Lincoln, James Harris, Luke Hollman, Tom Helm, Steven Finn (c), Nathan Sowter
There comes a sigh of relief for the bowlers, with Lord’s being the venue for this game. The pitch has always given support for both batsmen and bowlers to go and fight neck-to-neck. Batsmen need to be very careful with their shot selection while spinners will enjoy turn and bounce from the wicket. All in all, a decent contest is expected from this clash tonight.
He has been splendid in this season with his batting skills. Eskinazi has already put his name in the leading scorers’ chart with his big scores. He has got PPM of 105 in the last two games and PPM of 51 in the last five games.
Delport is failing to make things happen with the bat but he has developed his bowling skills to bring points for the users. He has got PPM of 59 in the last five games with an MDTA of 1.25.
He is in fine touch with the ball and also contributing with the bat on a consistent basis. He has got PPM of 65 in this tournament so far with an MDTA of 1.
Holden is our big bet for this game. He started the tournament on a blistering note but failed to make things happen in the last couple of games. However, he can deliver big once he gets his eye in.
Unfortunately, Harmer is missing out from this team, only to bring balance to this side. The skipper of Essex is yet to show his mark with the ball in this tournament.