About the Match
Middlesex is coming into this match on the back of an unexpected loss against Somerset while Kent too would be low on confidence after losing in a low scoring affair to Gloucestershire. Both the team occupy the middle of the South Group table right now but the close nature of the tournament means that a couple of wins is all that is needed to move to the very top.
A lot of the Middlesex hopes would have been riding on Brendon McCullum and one feels it is only a matter of time before he comes good but with only 36 runs in 4 matches, his form is clearly not the best. In fact, batting as a whole has been problematic for Middlesex. Against Somerset, they managed to score 186 on a flat deck and when the opposition had scored 207 thanks to some fireworks from Sterling and Higgins at the end.
With Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and James Franklin also in the side, the Middlesex batting is too good to have only batsmen total over 100 runs in this tournament right now.
The Middlesex bowling is also led by a Kiwi, Tim Southee, who has enjoyed solid returns so far but not really won matches for his team. 6 wickets in 4 matches is a good tally but he has not taken more than 2 wickets in any one match.
Nathan Sowter and Toby Roland-Jones also have 6 wickets to their names giving some useful options to the captain.
Another team with a top-heavy batting lineup, Kent has 2 wins from its 4 matches so far. Two of their batsmen, Denly and Bell-Drummond are totaling close to 200 runs in this competition while others like Sam Billings and Sam Northeast have also shown glimpses of what they are capable of.
The Kiwi flavor is strong in this team as well with Jimmy Neesham and Adam Milne being the mainstays of the Kiwi bowling along with James Tredwell who has been having a terrific start to this competition as well.
Kent suffered a middle order collapse in the last game and while some of their top-order batsmen got in, none of them made it count. What is also surprising is that the Kent batting was not up against the greatest bowling lineup either.
In our opinion, this team lacks some power hitting options in the middle order and needs to make sure that at least one of its top-4 fire in every match. With a couple of batsmen in good form, Kent would be confident of putting up good scores but we have a feeling they may struggle to chase.
The bowling has been much more consistent with the internationals leading the way. Kent fans would be hoping that their kiwi bowlers come out on top when they face up to the greatest short format batsman from their country in this game.
Pitch and Conditions
This match will be played at the Old Deer Park, a ground where the boundaries can be particularly inviting to the batsmen. The pitch is expected to be flat and slow down a little as the game progresses. The weather conditions are expected to be dry and excellent for cricket, although, that is not something we would take for granted in this region of the world!
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