Middlesex will be looking to cash on he lost momentum after the big loss against Kent. The Middlesex team had AB de Villiers, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling in their side during the home game against Kent. However, the pace attack of the visiting team was too tough for them to handle despite their experience. With three wins and two defeats, Middlesex will host Somerset in Richmond.
Somerset, on the other hand, won only two out of five games including the recent most match. Their risk of picking up young Eddie Byrom ahead of Peter Trego turned out to be a master-class. Byrom came into T20 Blast on the bank of good performances in T20s for the Somerset 2nd XI. The left-hander showed his skill with an unbeaten 19-ball 54 on his Twenty20 debut against Surrey.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Middlesex and Somerset at the Old Deer Park in Richmond.
The match starts at 2:30 PM local time (7:00 PM IST) (1:30 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Middlesex County Cricket’s YouTube channel.
The Old Deer Park in Richmond has hosted five T20s since the start of 2015. Most of them have been comfortable wins for the chasing teams especially when the target is low. However, the batting first sides won in both instances when the 170+ was posted. With some big hitters on both sides, a high-scoring game could be expected.
Average first innings score: 155 (Twenty20s since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Dawid Malan (C), Paul Stirling, Stephen Eskinazi, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson (WK), Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Nathan Sowter, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Bench: George Scott, James Harris, Dan Lincoln.
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton.
Bench: Ollie Sale, Tim Groenewald.
Injury and Availability News:
AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling are available for this game.
Tom Banton in 2019 T20 Blast:
215 from 5 innings at an average of 43.00 and a strike rate of 147.26 with help of 3 fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Babar Azam, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, AB de Villiers, Toby Roland-Jones
Vice-captain – Paul Stirling, Eddie Byrom, Tom Helm, Jerome Taylor, Stephen Eskinazi
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Banton
Batsmen – Babar Azam (C), AB de Villiers, Eddie Byrom, Dawid Malan
All-Rounders – Toby Roland-Jones (VC), Paul Stirling, Roelof van der Merwe
Bowlers – Jerome Taylor, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Banton (VC)
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan, Babar Azam, Eddie Byrom, AB de Villiers (C)
All-Rounders – Toby Roland-Jones, Paul Stirling
Bowlers – Tom Helm, Steve Finn, Craig Overton, Max Waller
The four International star batsmen in Middlesex – AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling may not be fitted in one go. A maximum of three can be picked excluding one of Morgan and Malan.
The star-studded batting of Middlesex is expected to come to the party this time around.
*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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