Date & Time: Friday, August 30, 23:00 IST
Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England
Winner takes it all in the crucial contest
The equation is quite clear for Middlesex and Somerset. When they face each other on Friday in Taunton, the winner of the game will book a place in the quarterfinals and the loser will be knocked out of the tournament. In case of a tie, both teams can make it through the next stage, if a couple of other results go in their favor. So after all the hard work, it has come down to the final match of the league phase for both the teams.
Somerset Possible Xi: Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell, James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Craig Overton, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Tim Groenewald, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller.
Middlesex Possible XI: Dawid Malan (C), Paul Stirling, Mohammad Hafeez, Eoin Morgan, AB de Villiers, George Scott, John Simpson (WK), Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn.
The surface in Taunton has lived up to its expectations in the season as it produced mostly high scoring games. The average score of teams that bat first in the season has been around 185, so expect the same for the crucial contest on Friday as well.
AB de Villiers
The versatile batsman has come back with a half-century in his return to the T20 Blast after a break. Before the break, he had scored 253 runs from 5 matches which includes three half-centuries. Now with the side in a must-win situation, in every chance he will continue the good form that he is known for.
There seems to be no stopping the Somerset opener in the season. He has scored 578 runs from 12 matches played so far. Apart from 3 matches, he has scored 30+ score on every instance in the remaining matches. His consistency makes him the most sought after player in today’s match.
He is the leading wicket-taker for Middlesex in the season with 19 wickets from 12 matches. In the last 3 matches, he may not have been at his best where he bagged only a couple wickets but he still holds the key for Middlesex’s bowling unit.