Date & Time: Wednesday, September 16, 18:30 IST
Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England
In one of the 3 matches being played in the South Group of T20 Blast 2020, Middlesex takes on Kent at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. Middlesex which is at No.4 in the South Group has managed only two victories so far. Now they need to win all the reaming games and a lot of results have to go in their favour in order to earn a spot in the Quarterfinals. On the other hand, Kent is well within the race for quarterfinals as they won 4 out of 7 matches played so far. Both sides rely heavily on their top order to get the job done. So the side which makes an early breakthrough will have the upper hand as both sides have good bowling units. When these two sides met earlier in the season, it was a cracker of a game as the encounter ended in a tie.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox (wk), Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen
Stephen Eskinazi, Max Holden, Joe Cracknell, Jack Davies, Martin Andersson, John Simpson (wk), Luke Hollman, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn (c), Tim Murtagh
Canterbury is known to produce sporting games as it offers enough assistance for everyone. The average score of first innings here is around 150 in the past few seasons. So picking a balanced team with equal batting and bowling options is the way to go here.
He is the top run-scorer for Middlesex in the season where he has come up with consistent performances throughout the season. His consistency in the tournament makes him the top pick of the match. He has a PPM of almost 70 in the tournament.
He is continuing his good form in the season. He has been among the runs in the test series against Pakistan and he has just transferred the form into the T20 format. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the tournament.
He is among the top wicket-takers of the season and one among the consistent performers for Middlesex. Apart from a couple of games, he has chipped in with at least a wicket or two in every match played so far.
He is our big bet for the match given how he has performed in the tournament. He gets going big when he is on song but in the other times, he was dismissed for a low score. Since he had scored comparatively lower in the last two games we expect something big from him in this match.
He has been handy for Middlesex in the middle overs throughout the tournament with his leggies. But given Hollman offers the same and also scored some handy runs we excluded Sowter in our SL team.