Date & Time: Friday, July 19, 23:29 IST
Venue: County Ground, Chelmsford, England
Both teams seek to considerate their recent poor form
Essex who were hit by AB storm in the opening match of the Vitality T20 Blast 2019, now brace for the star studded Surrey challenge. Surrey missed the quarter-finals last time and now they will be eager to make the most use of the stars this time around. Both the teams want to consolidate their poor showing in the recently concluded Royal London Cup 2019 where they finished in the bottom of the table in South Group.
Essex is likely to stick with the same playing XI of yesterday’s match. Surrey, on the other hand, has announced a 13-member squad on the eve of the match. Surrey 13-member squad: Dernbach, Batty, Bothwick, Burns, Clark, Clarke, S Curran, T Curran, Finch, Foakes, Jack, Patel, Tahir.
The surface in Chelmsford has been a sporting one where the average first innings score in the 2018 T20 Blast is around 156. This time around it will be the same. The forecast is for rain throughout the evening, so a shortened game is on the cards.
The Aussie captain is in incredible form this summer where he has piled on runs in the recently concluded World Cup. He was the top run-getter for Surrey in the 2018 Blast where he scored 589 runs in just 9 games. His fireworks at the top order make him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He may not have gotten a chance in the World Cup, but he was in good leading into it. He has picked 93 wickets in 89 T20s played so far across the world. He is also a handy lower-order batsman who is reliable when needed. So his all-round ability makes him a worthy pick in Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is coming into the tournament on the back of a good county championship where he was amongst the wicket-takers for his side. Before it, he was in decent form in his debut IPL season where he almost turned the tide for KXIP in a couple of matches. His present form alone makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team.
Ryan ten Doeschate
He has set the stage on fire in the opening game of Vitality T20 Blast before AB’s blast in the chase. His knock allowed Essex to post a competitive total on the board. And on Friday, he is once again going to be crucial for Essex in the batting front.