Date & Time: Thursday, July 18, 22:45 IST
Venue: Lord’s, London, England
Lord’s gears up for the Vitality T20 Blast Opener
The hangover of the World Cup final has still not settled in England and all over the world. But the time has come up for the Vitality T20 Blast as Middlesex take on Essex in the tournament opener at the Home of Cricket on Thursday. Both the teams will be eager to start the campaign on a high after their poor show in the last season where both sides finished only with a couple of wins from the 14 games played.
The teams haven’t announced any updates with regards to their respective Playing XI. The Playing XI will be updated after the toss.
The surface at Lord’s has produced high scoring games in recent times and it might be the same for the tournament opener. The forecast is for a few showers in the morning but there is no rain threat to the match in the evening.
AB de Villiers
Middlesex will be mighty pleased with the presence of one the modern legends of the game after what happened in the last season with the absence of star players. He has been in some great form across the T20 leagues in the world over the last few months. His ability to change the game from any given situation on a consistent basis makes him the most sorted player in Dream11 cricket team.
He adds the much-needed firepower for Middlesex alongside Devilliers. He has been in good form in the World Cup where he was amongst the top 10 economical bowlers. His record in the shortest format across T20 leagues makes him a must-have bowler in today’s match.
He may not have been that effective for Essex in the previous season but he certainly will be the go-to man for them this time around. He is coming into the tournament on the back of an impressive show in the World Cup which makes him a must-have player in the Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He is in great form over the past few months whether it is international cricket or county cricket. He is the second-highest run getter for Ireland in the recent Zimbabwe series where he scored 141 runs from 3 games. Adding to it he was also among the Top 10 run-getters in 2018 T20 Blast.