About the Match
A mouth-watering clash is in the offing as Hampshire take on Middlesex, both teams that are coming off wins and have in fact, yet to lose in this competition. Can Hampshire continue their winning streak at home or will the start studded Middlesex team be able to put a spanner in their plans?
With two wins from two matches, Hampshire has got off to a fantastic start in this competition. There is absolutely no doubt about the quality in their side this year which has quickly emerged as one of the favorites to reach the finals day from the South group.
Hampshire was boosted by the form James Vince showed in the last match as he top-scored with 81 off just 48 balls. With him and Rilee Rossouw at the top, followed by Michael Carberry, Shahid Afridi, and George Baily, Hampshire boasts a fearsome batting lineup.
Sean Ervine and Lewis McManus are also very potent batsmen down the order, thus allowing the top-order to bat with complete freedom.
The two South African Kolpak signings have also meant that Hampshire’s bowling unit is packed with quality lead by Kyle Abbott, Shahid Afridi, and Mason Crane. Abbott left the international game at the top of his game while Afridi still continues to be a very dependable bowler in this format.
Every T20 team wants the X-factor that a leg-spinner brings and this is exactly what Mason Crane brings to the equation. All the frontline bowlers for Hampshire have shared in the wickets so far promising greater things in the matches to come.
Starting out with an absolute thrilling tie, Middlesex would be happy to have won another incredibly tight contest against Surrey to get on the board in this competition. This is another team that is brimming with international talent and anything less than a finals day appearance will be considered a failure for this unit.
The county has Brendon McCullum, one of the best T20 batsmen in the world even now and quite possibly one of the best captains in recent times, as their skipper for this competition. He is constantly looking for wickets while in the field and does not let the opposition team settle at all.
He has New Zealand’s best fast bowler, Tim Southee, to help him pick wickets as well as former England international Steven Finn and James Franklin who is now playing in England on a Kolpak deal.
The batting lineup is a truly ferocious one with Paul Stirling and Dawid Malan at the top followed by Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, James Franklin and Tim Southee to wield the long handle down the order.
This is a batting lineup that should chase most totals but can also suffer the odd collapse. In fact, even in their win against Surrey, Middlesex went from 132 for 2 to 153 for 9 and won literally by the skin of their teeth.
We think this first victory would have settled their nerves somewhat and will help them express themselves better in the matches to come.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Rose Bowl is flat and excellent for batting. We think this match could be a slugfest between two strong batting lineups, promising a lot of entertainment for the spectators. The weather is expected to be dry and not play a spoilsport either.
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