Kent’s 5-match winning came to an end when they toured Hove to play Sussex, another unbeaten side of the South Group. Kent, who batted first in this game, posted 154/8 in their 20 overs. Sussex’s death bowling came into the picture as the score in last 5 overs read 32/4. The home team needed only 16 overs to chase it down for the loss of one wicket. They will now host Hampshire on Sunday in Beckenham.
The team led by James Vince had only one point from their first three games thanks to a washout in the first game. However, they registered three straight wins since then to move up in the points table. They are now placed at No.3 in South Group and also improved their NRR. They bundled out Glamorgan to 87 in their previous match and registered a 41-run victory.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Kent and Hampshire at the Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (7:30 PM IST) (2:00 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Kent Cricket Club’s YouTube channel.
The track at the County Ground in Beckenham stays the same throughout the match. The six T20s hosted by this venue since 2015 saw the chasing team scoring big. Only twice the batting first side ended up on the winning side in the span; both when they posted 190+ totals. The margin of those wins was quite small as the 2nd batting teams threatened to chase down the targets at a stage.
Average first innings score: 176 (Twenty20s since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Chris Wood, Kyle Abbott, Mason Crane.
Bench: Brad Taylor, Tom Alsop, Ryan Stevenson.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (WK), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen, Grant Stewart.
Bench: Calum Haggett, Sean Dickson, Matt Milnes, Imran Qayyum.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Liam Dawson in T20 Blast 2019:
With Bat – 105 runs from 5 innings at an average of 52.5
With Ball – 7 wickets from 5 innings at an average of 17.42
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nabi, James Vince, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Liam Dawson
Vice-Captain – Heino Kuhn, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Aneurin Donald
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batsmen – Heino Kuhn (VC), James Vince (C), Alex Blake, Rilee Rossouw
All-Rounders – Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers – Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Hardus Viljoen
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Heino Kuhn, James Vince
All-Rounders – Liam Dawson (C), Chris Morris, Mohammad Nabi (VC)
Bowlers – Chris Wood, Mason Crane, Hardus Viljoen, Adam Milne
Liam Dawson, Chris Morris and Mohammad Nabi are a must considering their form. In fact, capain and vice-captain can be made among these three players.
Kent are expected to bounce back after their first defeat in the tournament.
*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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