Date & Time: Monday, September 14, 22:45 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
In the third match of T20 Blast 2020 on Monday, Middlesex takes on Surrey at the Lords. Both sides haven’t started the league well as they couldn’t register a win in their first 3 matches of the tournament. But since then Surrey has won 3 games in a row and Middlesex won a couple in the last 3 games. The one defeat has come against the very Surrey, so the visitors definitely have the upper hand against the hosts.
Middlesex is heavily reliant on its top 2 as the rest of the batting unit is yet to deliver. Bowling though seems to be their stronger suit. On the other hand, Surrey found one or other with the bat to deliver and with the ball they have performed collectively.
Stephen Eskinazi, Max Holden, Dan Lincoln, Jack Davies, Martin Andersson, John Simpson (wk), Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Miguel Cummins, Steven Finn (c), Tim Murtagh.
Will Jacks, Hashim Amla, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes (wk), Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Overton, Gareth Batty (c), Daniel Moriarty, Reece Topley.
Lords always offers something for everyone and this season it has been no different. The average score of first innings in this season has been around 160. So expect another sporting game on the cards. Picking equal batting and bowling options is the way to go.
He is among the top run-scorers of the season and has been the most prolific batsman of the side. In absence of international players, he took the responsibility at the top of the order. In the tour, he has scored at least 30 runs apart from the a lone game. His PPM of 67 in the tour makes him the top pick of the match.
He is just unstoppable in the tournament as he is among the top wicket-takers. He has brought consistency to the table to his genuine wicket-taking ability in this season. He has PPM of 67 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
The left-arm spinner has been the top wicket-taker for his side in the season. At times he may not havebeen among the wickets but proved to be the economical bowler which yielded wickets for other bowlers. His PPM of 46 in the tour makes him a worthy pick in this match.
After his 75 runs against Kent, he hasn’t been at best with his performance. But one never knows when he going to come up with a match-winning performance given his impressive record in the format.
Apart from his match-winning performance in the last match, he hasn’t done much so far in the tour. In fact, it was the only 20+ score he has gone past. Adding to it, he doesn’t have a great record at the venue as well. In the two matches played at this venue he has a PPM of only 17.