Date & Time: Thursday, August 29, 23:00 IST
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
Will luck favour one of these teams into the Top 4?
Both Hampshire and Middlesex are in the bottom half of the table. They both need to win both their remaining fixtures which makes it an extremely critical fixture. If HAM lose tonight, they will be out of the tournament. But, MID will still have a slim chance even if they lose. That will require other fixtures to go in their favour as well though. HAM is facing something similar to most teams in the tournament. Their top order is at the top of their game but lack of contributions from the middle order is hurting them. They are getting starts but are not able to finish the innings well. MID were missing the services of AB De Villiers who held the innings together for them. But now with E Morgan and M Hafeez doing that, they should feel more comfortable. They are coming off a couple of defeats and will be looking to get back the momentum with a win.
MID will be looking to bolster their bowling by bringing in an extra spinner. HAM should retain the same team from the tied game last week.
It has been a mucky, tacky, low scoring wicket here at Southampton. The wicket especially gets slower and lower as the game progresses.
The English/Hampshire opener has given his side a good start more often than not. He has by far been their best batsman averaging 32 and scoring 227 runs.
The opener is the 4th highest run-getter in the tournament and the highest for his side. He has been scoring heavily and consistently. He is the only Middlesex batsman to score a 100 this season.
He automatically picks himself in any team with stats of 12 wickets in 10 games at an economy of 6.5 and 210 runs at number 4.
The English limited-overs captain joined the Middlesex team just a couple of weeks ago and has already made everybody feel his presence. He has just short of 200 runs in 6 innings at a SR of 149. He could definitely be a game-changer tonight.