ESS vs SUR Dream11 Team: Essex Eagles look to return from their opening day defeat against Middlesex
At the end of the day, Essex Eagles were left suffering the aberration of a dwindling bowling unit. Despite having Australian legspinner Adam Zampa in their outfit, the side failed to cause jitters in Middlesex’s batting unit who went onto rake the 165 run target with ease to seal a 7 wicket win.
For Essex Eagles, their opening match in the Vitality Blast was one where things never got going for them. Batting first on a completely batting friendly wicket, one that was as flat, dry and playing in the batsmen’s favour as they get, the side were jolted by two quick bolts with both their openers falling within single digits.
And although the side managed to pull themselves up from that with Tom Westley and Doeschate both contributing with stellar innings, the rest of the middle-order failed to revolve around those two innings to leave the side atleast 20 runs short of a fighting total. And when you have AB de Villiers in the opposition, one total is a safe one, especially not one at 8 runs per over and Essex Eagles learnt that the hard way with the South African going onto it 88 in just 43 balls.
Now up against Surrey today, Essex will be finally fancying their chances of getting their first win on the board. The identity of their opposition bespoke a side who themselves are a paper thin batting setup, one relying heavily on their formidable bowling department to take them to a win.
However, Surrey’s line-up in the Vitality Blast massively overwhelms. One of the strongest outfit in the league, the team is heavily stacked with international names from the global stage and English side, a perfect blend of batting and bowling to see the side touted as one of the frontrunners for the trophy.
For us, Surrey are going to win this one on the basis of a slightly better bowling department. Paired with Imran Tahir in their side, the player will get wickets for them with spin always a difficult proposition to navigate for English players. This will be a jaffer of a match, one where both bowling line-ups will step up to the mantle with Surrey’s extra runs winning them the match.
Wicket-Keeper for ESS vs SUR Dream11
Surrey’s wicket-keeper, Ben Foakes is our first pick today for our Dream 11 side. He’s enjoyed a tremendous time in the domestic arena, plundering a hefty amount of runs, one that saw him enter the fray for a call up to England’s 15 member squad at the CWC as well.
Batters for ESS vs SUR Dream11
With opener Aaron Finch an uncertainty for the league, the onus will lie on Dean Elgar to come and set the platform for his side for the rest of the middle-order to come and build on from. A reliable name who has always delivered for his side in tricky situations using his guile, the number 3 bat was an undoubtable pick for us in this one.
From Essex meanwhile we have their saviour from yesterday, Tom Westley come in along with Dan Lawrence. Playing infront of another legspinner today in the form of Imran Tahir, these are the only two bats we see holding fort and showing the application needed to parry away the turning variety.
All-Rounders for ESS vs SUR Dream11
After his 74 against Middlesex at a time when everything was falling apart for his side, we have Ryan Ten Doeschate being selected by us. He played an extremely technically aware and astute innings and against one of the most exemplary bowling units in the league, his side will be turning to his services once again.
Meanwhile from Surrey we have Sam Curran come in. A dauntless player, he’s emerged as one of England’s biggest find, a player who loves doling out scintillating displays with both the bat and ball.
Bowling Order for ESS vs SUR Dream11
Building this department was an absolute delight for us given the slew of options to choose from Surrey. The side is lined up with myriad performers, a bowling unit which has some of the biggest and most sensational names in it in the marquee league.
Legspinner Imran Tahir and pacers Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett are among a hoard of exceptional performers in the outfit and they all find a place in our side. We have also opted for Amar Virdi for this one after his stunning displays in the County Championship Division 2 to pick out all the viable bowling options from the side.
From Essex its legspinner Adam Zampa who comes in with the rank turner of paramount importance to his team’s chances today.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Sam Curran has been unanimously chosen as our captain for today while we have gone ahead with his brother Tom Curran as the vice-captain.
Match: Essex Eagles vs Surrey T20 Vitality Blast
Date And Time: 19th July, Friday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford