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Sussex and Middlesex face off against each other in their last match of the group stage. Sussex will be hoping that it can get past Gloucestershire and come into this match with a quarter-final berth still within grasp. For Middlesex, the goal is much more modest and not finishing dead last would be a creditable achievement at this point in time.
Sussex and Middlesex have had two very different seasons to lead up to this point. Sussex was one of the pre-tournament favorites and has played some wonderful cricket while Middlesex has failed to come to close to being relevant in the Vitality Blast 2018.
All of Sussex’s systems are running perfectly at the moment. The bowling was never an issue with this team but the batting has also started to fire at the right time. The fact that Luke Wright is expected to be available for selection once again very soon is a huge boost for Sussex going into these must-win games.
Wright, Evans, Rawlins, Salt and Burgess will form a formidable batting side. Tom Bruce from New Zealand has been disappointing in the middle order but hopefully, he can get his act together during the knockouts as well.
As things stand right now, Sussex would be very confident of winning this game against Middlesex. The bowling attack that Wright and co. will face is among the weakest in the competition.
Sussex’s own bowling attack in comparison is rock solid. There is no doubting the class of Rashid Khan and Jofra Archer. Now that Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills have started to bowl with rhythm as well, Sussex does not have a weak bowler in its lineup. Briggs, who is the fifth bowler of this team is also very good.
Middlesex is not going to get a ‘weak’ bowler to target and will be forced to take risks against some of the best T20 bowlers in the world.
Philip Salt, LJ Wright, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, D Wiese, Michael Burgess , Jofra Chioke Archer, Chris Jordan, Will beer, Danny Briggs, TS Mills.
It will almost be a relief to see Middlesex end its tournament run and end the misery that has been its campaign. The team has not been able to play with any sort of consistency and has just two wins to its name from 10 matches, the other 10 being losses.
Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, and a couple of other players in the lineup are all pretty solid players. They have international experience and have the game to be able to win matches on their day. Morgan is one of the most sought after T20 players in the world and has extensive experience of playing in the IPL.
For some reason, though, while playing for Middlesex, these players are unable to perform up to expectations.
We don’t think Middlesex has much of a chance against a very strong Sussex lineup but if we had to pick one of the batsmen to watch out for then it would Dawid Malan.
He is comfortable against pace, is an underrated T20 player, and has a lot to prove to the English selectors.
Among the bowlers, there is not a lot of quality to talk about. James Franklin has been reduced to a part-timer, while the likes of Fuller, Patel, and Barber are not going to give any opposition team any nightmares.
Middlesex is a weak bowling team with an out of form batting lineup and nothing to play for. Don’t expect any miracles here.
PR Stirling, George Scott, John Simpson, Eoin Morgan, James Fuller, Stephen Eskinazi, James Franklin, Martin Andersson, James Harris, Nathan Sowter, Tom Barber.
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The weather forecast is a bit mixed for match day. Some amount of rain has been forecast but hopefully, the weather should clear up by the time the match starts. The pitch in Sussex has been good for batting with some carry in it for the fast bowlers. A score of around 180 should be considered par.
Sussex could be playing for its place in the quarter-finals if things go its way but even if it's not, we think Sussex has enough talent and depth in its side to come out winners against Middlesex.
Back Sussex to win.
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