Date & Time: Thursday, August 22, 22:45 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
Do or die for Hampshire at Lord’s
Middlesex is having their dream run when compared to what they went through the last season. They are placed at No.3 in the points table with 6 wins from 10 matches so far. One more victory in the remaining four matches will see them through the Top.4 in the points table. On the other side, Hampshire had a pretty poor season up until now, as they won only 3 matches out of 10 played so far. Now, one more loss will knock them out of securing a place in Top.4. So it’s high time for Hampshire to win all the remaining four matches to have a realistic chance of making it to the knock offs.
Mohammed Hafeez is likely to play his first match of the season for Middlesex. So that leaves either George Scott or Paul Stirling out of the Playing XI. On the other side, A Donald is likely to be replaced by either Tom Alsop or Ian Holland for Hampshire.
The surface at Lords has produced high scoring games so far in the season and it is likely to remain the same way for tonight’s clash as well. The forecast is clear for the game with temperatures hovering in the low 20’s during the match time.
He has been the backbone of Middlesex batting in the season. He has scored 370 runs from 9 matches played so far which includes a century and a couple of half-centuries. His aggressive batting at the top allowed others to play cautiously. His present form makes him a must-have in today’s match for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
One of the reasons for Hampshire poor showing thus far has been their batting. But Vince is an expectation in it, as he has been the lone warrior for the side with 227 runs from 8 innings. He may not have gone past 20 in the last two games but he still holds the key for Hampshire with the bat.
It has to be said, he has done enough for his recall into England’s senior team. He is the leading wicket-taker for Middlesex with 17 wickets from 9 matches. He may be a touch expensive at times but his strike rate of 12 in the season make him a must-have a bowler for today’s match.
He is only behind Finn by a wicket in the leading wicket-takers list of the season. He has picked 16 wickets from 9 matches with bowling 4 fewer overs than Finn. Adding to it, he has also been handy with the bat down the order whenever the middle order failed to raise their game.