MID vs SUR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - May 25, 2023
Tournament: T20 Blast, 2023.
Date: May 25, 2023.
Venue: Lord's Cricket Ground, London, England.
In one of the South Group matches for Vitality T20 Blast for the 2023 season, Middlesex will take on Surrey later tomorrow. This is the first game of the competition for both teams and the match will be played at the historical venue of Lord's Cricket Ground in London. Let's take into consideration the betting tips, pitch report, and match prediction for this match.
Middlesex vs Surrey Head-To-Head
The Middlesex and Surrey teams have collided in 38 matches that have produced a result in terms of a clear winner. Out of these 38 games, the Surrey outfit has picked up 26 wins while Middlesex has picked 12. This is the first time when these teams are meeting against each other in Vitality Blast for the 2023 season. The average number of runs scored by the Surrey team against Middlesex is 161.7 while Middlesex has averaged 149.5 per game.
Middlesex vs Surrey Live Streaming and Broadcast
This game will be telecast live in India on Sony Sports Network. You can also watch live streaming of the game on the SonyLiv website and app in India. In the UK this game will be telecast on Sky Sports and live streaming will be available for the UK viewers on Sky Go.
MID vs SUR Team Previews
In one of the practice games for Surrey, Ravi Bopara was in exemplary batting form as he hit 38 runs from one over against the team of Middlesex 2nd X1. Bopara scored 144 runs from just 49 balls with 12 sixes and 14 fours. This inning wreaked havoc on the bowling attack of Middlesex. This was after the Surrey top order had already made a stellar beginning to their inning scoring 67 runs from their first four-and-a-half overs. The Bopara onslaught began in the 8th over of the inning when he smashed Josh de Caires for 3 sixes in a row.
The last T20 game Middlesex played was against Gloucestershire in July 2022. This South Group game saw the Middlesex team lose against Gloucestershire by a margin of 5 wickets with just 1 delivery remaining. Batting first, Middlesex scored a decent total of 163 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. But their opposition in the game Gloucestershire managed to chase down the target in 19.5 overs. Middlesex batting got off to a great start with a half-century stand for the first wicket between Stephen Eskinazi and Max Holden.
Eskinazi scored 65 runs from 55 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. But it was Max Holden that provided the impetus to the Middlesex score by hitting a quickfire 37 from 19 balls with 6 boundaries and 1 six. However, apart from these two batters at the top of the batting order, only Joshua De Caires managed to reach double figures with 24 from 28 balls. The Middlesex batting failed to provide the finish that could have taken them to an imposing total after making a good start to the inning. Tom Helm and Max Harris picked up 2 wickets each for Middlesex.
Middlesex Playing 11
Stephen Eskinazi, Joe Cracknell, Pieter Malan, Max Holden, Ryan Higgins, Luke Hollman, John Simpson, Martin Andersson, Nathan Fernandes, Tom Helm, Blake Cullen.
The Surrey team played their last game in this competition against Yorkshire. They ended their campaign on a losing note going down to Yorkshire. It was a closely fought affair in 2022 July played at The Oval that went right down the wire. Batting first Yorkshire put up a score of 160 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets. The Surrey batting made a game attempt at the title coming close to it. But they fell short by a single run, in the end, to lose out by a margin of one run. Tom Kohler-Cadmore playing for Yorkshire was named player of the match with 62 runs scored from 48 balls.
One of the key players for the Surrey team is Rory Burns. He was among the runs in the last game Surrey played in last year's competition. In this game while batting first Yorkshire inning ran into troubled water immediately. They lost their openers with almost nothing on the board. However, the Yorkshire middle order responded well to the situation with Tom Kohler-Cadmore who is a wicketkeeper-batsman, scoring a brisk 62 from 48 balls with five fours and 2 sixes. The best bowler for Surrey in the match was Gus Atkinson who picked up 2 wickets for 28 runs from his 4 overs.
Some other bowlers that were among the wickets for Surrey included Will Jacks, Daniel Worrall, and Sunil Narine. All these bowlers picked up a wicket apiece. Although the Surrey side lost their opener early in their innings there was a good resurrection job done by Rory Burns and Tom Curran. Burns hit 28 runs from 27 balls while Tom Curran scored 36 runs from 28 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. But the batsmen that brought Surrey close to the target were Laurie Evans and James Overton. They scored 35 and 40 runs respectively. However, this collective effort was not to be fruitful.
Surrey Playing 11
Sunil Narine, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Laurie Evans, Jamie Smith, Jamie Overton, Jordan Clark, Sean Abbott, Gus Atkinson, Thomas Lawes.
MID vs SUR Toss Prediction
This game will be played at the Lord's cricket ground in London. As many as 36 games have been played at this venue in the T20 domestic circuit. The team batting first has won 19 of these games. So, we expect the skipper that wins the toss to opt to bat first on this track.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The average first-inning total scored on this track is 170 runs. The highest total scored at this venue in domestic T20 matches is 223 for 7 by Surrey. The lowest total at this ground came from Middlesex who were bowled out 80. So, any team batting first will look to get to a score of 180 runs to feel safe on the wicket.
The temperatures during the games played at the Lord’s cricket ground will vary between 18 degrees and 21 degrees. It might get partially cloudy in the evenings. The relative humidity during the game will be close to 61%. There are no chances of getting showers during the game.
MID vs SUR Betting Tips
This is the first match of the new season to be played on Lords. The Surrey team will be expecting bigger things from this game. They easily topped the tables last year in South Group. However, during the next stages of the competition, the side was shocked by Yorkshire as many top players from the side left for other engagements. The Surrey side is expected to breeze past the mediocre Middlesex team in this game. We will bet with Surrey to win this game and open their account in the season.
Bonus Cricket Bets
Ollie Pope has been a reliable batter for all the teams he has played for. You can bet on him to score more than 25 runs in the match.
Stevie Eskinazi did a good job for his team last year. It is expected that he will score more than 26 runs in his stay at the wicket.
Middlesex top order appeared to be in good nick during the practice games and toward the end of the season last year. They might get off to a good start in this game as well.
We are eager to know what you think of our match predictions, if there is anything we can do better or if you want to let us know your own predictions for the match.