The inclusion of AB de Villiers is really telling in the results of Middlesex who now have won four matches in the T20 Blast 2019 out of the six they played. The Dawid Malan-led side won as few as two games in the previous edition. De Villiers’ efforts itself resulted in two victories for Middlesex this season. They are now placed at No.3 in the South Group and are set to host Surrey on Thursday.
Surrey’s situation has been completely opposite to that of Middlesex’s position. Aaron Finch, who scored consistently throughout the previous season for Surrey, failed to replicate this time. The bowling too hasn’t found consistency as a result, they won only one after six matches. The London Derby that was played at The Oval last month was comfortably won by Middlesex.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Middlesex and Surrey at the Lord’s.
The match starts at 6:15 PM local time (10:45 PM IST) (5:15 PM GMT).
This game will be live on Sky Sports in England and Fan Code app in India.
The Lord’s surroundings would remain dry throughout the day. However, the issue is towards the end of the game. About 70% rain chances are predicted by weather forecasters from 9:30 PM local time. The game began at 6:15 PM and might complete by the time of the expected rain time.
The Lord’s has been whole different surface since the completion of the World Cup. The venue hosted two T20 Blast games thus far and both being high-scoring ones. The venue’s history expects yet another T20 Blast game with 170+ scores.
Average first innings score: 177 (Last seven Twenty20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3
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: Tom Barber, James Harris, Dan Lincoln.
Aaron Finch (C), Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Jade Dernbach.
Bench: Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Mark Stoneman.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
After being left out from England’s Test XI, Sam Curran came into Surrey as No.3 batsman and smashed a fifty. This makes him the main pick for the T20 Blast games he plays from here on. AB de Villiers’ success depends on the situation he bats while Toby Roland-Jones has been consistent with the ball and also with the bat whenever he got a chance.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – AB de Villiers, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Aaron Finch
Vice-captain – Will Jacks, Toby Roland-Jones, Jordan Clark, Paul Stirling
Aaron Finch might have had a mixed tournament so far but will be captain or vice-captain in most of the fantasy XIs.
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ollie Pope
Batsmen – Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, AB de Villiers (C)
All-Rounders – Sam Curran (VC), Paul Stirling, Toby Roland-Jones
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ollie Pope
Batsmen – AB de Villiers, Dawid Malan (VC), Aaron Finch (C), Stephen Eskinazi
All-Rounders – Toby Roland-Jones, Sam Curran
Bowlers – Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir
With a lots of International stats present in this game, it is ideal to prefer who are likely to make an impact rather than the ones with reputation.
The star-studded batting of Middlesex is expected to thrash the Surrey team.
*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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