Surrey, led by Jade Dernbach, will kick off their T20 Blast campaign against Essex on Friday at the County Ground in Chelmsford. The Surrey side is filled up with the likes of Aaron Finch, Imran Tahir and Curran brothers who put on a good show in the recent matches. With the presence of Will Jacks and Ben Foakes in the squad, the Surrey team would be hopeful about good times ahead.
They will be up against Essex, who were blown away by an AB de Villiers special on the opening day of the tournament. Their former T20 skipper Ryan ten Doeschate put on lone fight as only Tom Westley (40) cross 20 in their line-up. Doeschate alone scored 74* from 46 balls out of his side’s total of 164/6. Middlesex chased down the target with three wickets and seven wickets to spare as ABD scored an unbeaten 43-ball 88.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Essex Eagles and Surrey at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This match can be streamed live on Middlesex County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
The County Ground in Chelmsford has been a high-scoring venue as each of the last five T20 Blast games here witnessed 150+ scores by the teams batting first. Those scores were never enough as the teams chasing won on four occasions while once the game ended in a Tie.
Average first innings score: 175 (Last five T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Tie – 1
Probable Playing XIs:
Varun Chopra, Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Adam Wheater (WK), Simon Harmer (C), Adam Zampa, Shane Snater, Matt Quinn.
Bench: Mohammad Amir, Aaron Beard, Paul Walter.
Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Rory Burns, Ben Foakes (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jade Dernbach (C), Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir.
Bench: Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Aaron Finch in T20 Blast 2018:
589 runs from 9 innings at an average of 147.25. Finch smashed two tons and three fifties in those nine innings to finish as the 2nd highest run-getter of the tournament.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Aaron Finch, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sam Curran, Tom Westley
Vice-captain Options – Will Jacks, Cameron Delport, Ben Foakes, Ravi Bopara
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Foakes
Batsmen – Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Will Jacks
All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Ryan ten Doeschate (VC)
Bowlers – Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, Tom Curran
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Adam Wheater, Ben Foakes
Batsmen – Tom Westley (C), Aaron Finch, Varun Chopra
All-Rounders – Sam Curran (VC), Simon Harmer, Ravi Bopara
Bowlers – Matt Quinn, Imran Tahir, Jade Dernbach
Essex hasn’t announced their squad for the 2nd game. However, they did give a hint about the unavailability of Mohammad Amir for this game as well. But the Pakistan pacer could be a last-minute inclusion if he gets cleared with his visa issue.
Essex might find it tough to open their account against Surrey, who are filled with inform International players.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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