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Essex and Middlesex will be playing each other in this upcoming match of the T20 Blast 2019. Middlesex seems to have lost some momentum after a brilliant start. It is also going to be without the services of AB de Villiers for the next two-three matches.
Essex suffered a massive defeat by 114 runs against Somerset in its last completed match. It has just two wins out of the 8 scheduled matches so far and is staring at an uphill task to try and make the quarter-final stage of the T20 Blast 2019.
Essex vs Middlesex T20 Blast 2019 is going to be played at the County Ground, Chelmsford on the 14th of August 2019.
Three international bowlers in the bowling attack for Essex did not make much of a difference as the side ended up conceding 225 runs to Somerset in its previous completed match. Mohammad Amir, Simon Harmer, and Adam Zampa were smashed around the park with ridiculous ease.
Ravi Bopara was the only bowler who emerged from that inning with his dignity as he picked up three wickets for just 18 runs in his four overs.
Essex is up against a very strong batting side once again and will be hoping that its bowlers can give a better account of themselves.
The batting has been a huge struggle for Essex this season. Cameron Delport is the de-facto leader of the side and his inability to get the big totals from the opening position has hurt Essex badly.
Tom Westley, Cameron Delport, Adam Wheater, Ryan ten Doeschate, and Ravi Bopara form a decent batting lineup on paper but their performances this season fo the T20 Blast have been extremely disappointing.
The team faces an uphill task against Middlesex in this upcoming contest.
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Losing AB de Villiers is a big blow to the Middlesex side but that does not mean they have suddenly become a weak team. Mohammad Hafeez has been roped in for the few matches that AB de Villiers is not available and while he is not even in the same class of batting, he is a handy all-rounder to have in the side.
Dawid Malan scored 91 not out as he helped his side to a win in a rain-affected match the last time around. He has been very dominant at the top of the order and is able to provide a solid platform to Middlesex consistently.
Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling, Stephen Eskinazi, Eoin Morgan, and George Scott form a much stronger batting lineup than Essex. Mohammad Hafeez should be able to slot in the side in place of George Scott in all likelihood.
Equally important, the Middlesex bowling attack has backed up its batsmen. Steven Finn, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Nathan Sowter, and Toby Roland-Jones have all been in excellent form. One of these bowlers is always able to step it up when the side needs it most.
This confidence of having several players in form will give Middlesex the belief that they can win from any position in the match.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first with all the rain around
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Essex vs Middlesex T20 Blast 2019 is going to be played at the County Ground, Chelmsford. The weather forecast for Chelmsford for this match is not good. There has been quite a bit of rain that has been predicted and we could struggle to get any cricket at all.
If the rain does abate and we are able to get some play, then we expect the pitch to be very good for batting with a lot of runs in it. The outfield is going to get slower and help balance things out a bit.
Middlesex has appeared as one of the strongest sides in the T20 Blast 2019 and we think they have enough in their side to be able to win without AB de Villiers as well.
Bet on Middlesex to win.
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