The T20 Blast game between Surrey and Middlesex on Tuesday will mark the presence of AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and Imran Tahir. AB de Villiers marked his T20 Blast debut in style with an unbeaten 43-ball 88 against Essex in the tournament opener. This win brought an end to Middlesex’s 8-match losing streak in T20 Blast. Surrey, on the other hand, got blown away by Cameron Delport’s 49-ball 129 in their first game as Essex posted 226/4 in only 15 overs and won by 52 runs.
With lack of reliable depth in the batting department, Surrey needs Aaron Finch to bat through and bring his last season’s consistency. Finch would love to bat at the Surrey home ground, The Oval as he stood as the player of the match in three of the five completed T20 Blast games he played here in 2018. During the World Cup, Finch smashed 150 against Sri Lanka and got out after getting a start against India. Imran Tahir also will be eager to make a make for Surrey which is his 6th team in the English T20 Cup.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Surrey and Middlesex at the Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT). This game will be live on Sky Sports in England.
The track becomes good for batting while chasing Irrespective of how the track at The Oval plays during the first innings. The last five unaffected T20 games at this venue had an average first innings total of 189 out of which three were won by the teams chasing including a 220+ chase.
Average first innings score: 189 (Completed 20-over T20 Blast matches in 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Mark Stoneman/Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Jade Dernbach (C), Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir.
Bench: Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Mark Stoneman/Ollie Pope.
Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan (C), Nick Gubbins, AB de Villiers, John Simpson (WK), George Scott, Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Nathan Sowter, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Bench: Stephen Eskinazi, James Harris, Tom Barber.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Imran Tahir in T20 Blast 2018:
15 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 13.53. He picked two 4-wicket hauls and had a strike rate of 12.8.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers, David Malan, Paul Stirling
Vice-captain Options – Will Jacks, Tom Helm, Ben Foakes, Jordan Clark
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
In case of confusion over picking or selecting captain among Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers, the first preference should go to Finch. The Australian skipper had an impressive record in the 2018 T20 Blast and has an even better record while playing at their home ground Surrey.
Surrey will have a good chance of gaining their first points if they can stop AB de Villiers.
*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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