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After getting off to a sluggish start due to inclement weather conditions, Vitality T20 Blast is finally beginning to motor along. Middlesex and Essex have already met in the tournament before and they are once again set to meet each other. They both had a pretty good season last year but have struggled in this edition. Lying in the bottom half of the table, both teams are expected to come hard at each other. The match between them is to be played 3rd September 2020 at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.
The Panthers' fate in the tournament so far has been exactly similar to that of the Eagles. Just like the Eagles, Middlesex too has played three matches and has failed to win any of those. They were in a pretty good position in their first match of the tournament, against Essex, before rain played spoil-sport and didn't allow Essex to bat even for five overs.
In their previous match, Middlesex Panthers were defeated by Sussex Sharks by a narrow margin of three wickets. Batting first on a good surface, the Panthers rode on a terrific knock by Stevie Eskinazi, who was coming fresh off a brilliant 84-run knock. Eskinazi continued from where he left off against Kent as he smashed yet another half-century to power his team to a pretty good position. However, he didn't get much support from the other top-order batsmen as Middlesex continued to lose wickets.
Coming in at number five, Middlesex's wicket-keeper batsman played a vital knock of 46 off 31 as Stevie Eskinazi found a perfect partner in John Simpson. The pair added 80 runs together in a little in eight overs before Eskinazi was dismissed. Middlesex eventually finished with 165 runs, which should have been enough had it not been for David Wiese's belligerent knock for the Sharks.
Stephen Eskinazi, Max Holden, Martin Andersson, Nick Gubbins, John Simpson, Dan Lincoln, Luke Hollman, Thomas Helm, Nathan Sowter, Miguel Cummins, ST Finn.
Essex Eagles cames into the competition on the back of a superb title win last year and would have been one of the most confident sides. However, they haven't gotten off to the start they were looking for. In the three matches done so far, they lost two, and one was washed out due to rain. They are languishing at the fourth spot on the points table with only Middlesex and Surrey behind them.
Leading up their previous match, Essex Eagles had a terrific unbeaten run of 13 matches. Superb performance by Hampshire's bowlers coupled with a half-hearted effort from the Eagles ended their unbeaten streak. Batting first on a slow surface, Essex struggled against the spinners as Mason Crane picked up three Eagles' batsmen. Had it not been for Ryan ten Doeschate, who scored 37 off 29, the Eagles would have struggled to post a competitive total. Essex Eagles eventually finished their innings with 139 runs on the board.
It was a difficult surface and with the bowling quality they had, they could have made things difficult for Hampshire. However, they were exceptionally poor in the field as they not only dropped George Munsey twice but also failed to be agile and proactive in the field. As a result, Hampshire kept riding their luck throughout the innings. They eventually won the match by five wickets with one ball to spare. Given that the margin of the loss was so less, things would have been a lot different had Essex caught on the chances they got.
C Delport, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, RN ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater, Paul Walter, SR Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Matthew Quinn.
Although the surface is unlikely to change over the course of twenty overs and there won't be any extra advantage for the team batting second, batting first could backfire here. That is mainly because there are chances of rain and the DLS method might come into the equation. Therefore, we expect both the captains to take the safer route of bowling first.
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Like in most parts of England, there is rain predicted for the day in London as well. However, we do not expect the rain to hamper a lot of play and we should be able to get a result. In the last match played here, the total of 170 seemed par and there was equal assistance for both spinners as well as the seamers. We do not expect that to change, but with the use of DLS likely to come into the picture, setting a score could be challenging. Therefore, the team batting first would want to score a total of at least 185, which is around 15 runs more than the par score on this wicket.
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This is a tough match - for both sides. They both did exceedingly well last year, but have struggled to get going in this edition. Both sides are still without their power-packed players and that is likely to stay for some more matches. Going by the way things have gone in the tournament so far and the on-paper combinations of the two sides, betting on a Middlesex win should be the way to go in this upcoming encounter.
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