About the Match
Two big guns of the NatWest T20 Blast take on each other as Middlesex travels to Surrey in what promises to be an action packed encounter. Both the teams are coming off some impressive wins and will be full of confidence. With a potential place at the top of the table up for grabs, this is a match that both teams will be desperate to win.
No other team boasts of the galaxy of stars that Surrey has and this is why it is no surprise to see them sitting at second in the league standing right now. A batting order of Finch, Roy, Pietersen, and Sangakkara should be enough to take on most world class attacks forget some of the less than stellar ones you come across in the Blast.
It would be however prudent to note that even with all their stars in attendance, Surrey could only manage a total of 150 in the last match against Essex. Pietersen thrilled with 52 runs including five sixes but it was the Surrey bowling that won them this match.
Speaking of the bowling, Tom Curran, the elder of the two Currans has been absolutely stunning when it comes to performing under pressure. He has 9 wickets to his name already and has been well supported by Gareth Batty (6 wickets) and Jade Dernbach (6 wickets).
We think Surrey got it right in the last match by including Meaker instead of Ravi Rampaul and expect them to continue doing the same.
We are of the opinion that the Surrey team can appear stronger than it actually is and can be beaten by other better drilled T20 units.
Brendon McCullum finally came to the party in the last match and proved why he is such a force to be reckoned with. His 88 put the game beyond Kent with ease and he will be looking for a few more such performances in the tournament. We think that McCullum is a form player and can get on streaks on when he is hot.
With Dawid Malan being picked in the England squad, Paul Stirling might move up one place to the opening slot. In Eoin Morgan and an in-form Ryan Higgins, Middlesex has a middle order that is formidable and quite capable of getting the big hits when they need.
Tim Southee and Steven Finn will open the bowling for Middlesex and their battle against the Surrey top-order will pretty much decide the game. If these two can nip out Finch and Roy early, we firmly believe that Middlesex will romp to victory.
Middlesex’s support bowling has also been pretty strong with Nathan Sowter and James Frankling contributing regularly and others like Paul Stirling and Ryan Higgins chipping in as well.
Expect Middlesex to go hard with the bat and for McCullum to set some innovative fields against the Surrey top order.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Oval is excellent for batting and a full crowd is supported to cheer the Surrey stars on. The weather is also predicted to be co-operative with some clouds around but the rain staying away. A high scoring cracker might be in store.
Middlesex to win