About the Match
The NatWest T20 Blast returns after a couple of days off and we can expect some excellent action once again. Middlesex will be taking on Sussex as both teams try and make a final push to move up the South Group and make their way into the finals.
This has not been a season to remember for Middlesex especially after they started out with what seemed a formidable lineup on paper. The likes of Brendon McCullum, Paul Stirling, and Eoin Morgan in the batting order could not help them win more than three matches from their ten so far.
That, however, does not mean that they are out of this competition. Far from it actually thanks to the compressed nature of the South Group. Even from 8th
in the table right now, Middlesex is just a couple of matches away from the 2nd
placed team in the table and that is what they will have to keep in mind when they play their remaining matches.
In their last match played a week ago, Eskinazi made an impressive debut at the T20 Blast this year scoring 43 runs from 27 deliveries. He took the place of Brendon McCullum who will not be available for Middlesex from now on because of his Caribbean Premier League commitments.
Simpson, Morgan, Voges, and Franklin in the middle order though should have more than enough ammunition to provide Middlesex a good target. The problem for Middlesex this season has been getting their big names to actually perform on the field.
The bowling this season has been led by Tom Helm with 13 wickets to his name Tim Southee who has 10 wickets in the tournament so far. They both will need to bring their A game against a strong Sussex side. Nick Gubbins and Adam Voges have been ruled out of the match due to injuries.
Statistically speaking, Sussex has also won the same number of matches that Middlesex has in the NatWest T20 Blast this season but the momentum that they are bringing into this match could not be more different.
The Sussex Sharks won their last two games convincingly and are looking like a very settled unit and all the pieces seem to be coming together very nicely.
Chris Nash scored a fantastic 73 in the last match and now has 303 runs in the tournament with a total of three fifties to his name. Stiaan Van Zyl has not had the best tournament till now but he has been given the freedom to play his shots up the order.
Wiese, Taylor, Brown, and Evans have all had middling tournaments themselves to give this batting order a slightly frail look. A couple of players need to hit form for Sussex to really give their batting a boost.
The bowling for Sussex has been absolutely stellar. In Jofra Archer Sussex seems to have unearthed a potential international while the likes of Chris Jordan, Tymall Mills, and David Wiese are all proven performers at the international stage.
Pitch and Conditions
It promises to be a cloudy but dry day in London and we should get a full game in. The pitch at Lords always favors some shot making and it should be no different this time as well. This is a match between two slightly uncertain batting lineup but we still expect scores of close to 180 by the teams in this match.
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