KET vs MID Dream11 : Kent head out in search of their fifth consecutive win while Middlesex look to continue snapping at their heels.
Ever since the start of the showpiece English T20 league, if there has been one team for whom everything has clicked to perfection, its Kent Spitfires. With four wins from four, the campaign has traversed out perfectly for the side, seeing them take an undisputed first place in South Group.
Playing a reduced 7 over encounter against Surrey the last time around, Kent needed just 4 overs to win the fixture. Stepping out in pursuit of an average 55 run target, Kent didn’t mess around, cruising to a nine wicket with Nabi scoring 43 in 12 balls to see the side garner eight points in the group and all but ascertain themselves of a spot in the ensuing round.
Elsewhere, their opponents on the day have enjoyed a fruitful time in the league as well. With just the one defeat in four matches, the side find themselves right behind Kent Spitfires in second match and will be looking to enforce the first defeat on Kent when the two sides from London take on each other today in the league’s first match of the day.
For Middlesex, the previous encounter was just as pristine as it was for Kent with the side going onto register a profound 8 wicket win. It was a clinical showing, one where the batting and bowling segments encapsulated their skill set together, dismissing Glamorgan for a paltry 136 runs before going onto complete the chase with 16 balls to spare.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
With an average score of 173 for the side batting first, this pitch has played out decently in the T20 format, reverting from what has been a usually tricky surface for batsmen. However, there is still adequate purchase for the faster bowlers early on with the ball frisking about on this surface, meaning that the side winning the toss will be looking to field on this wicket.
Probable Playing 11
- Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling should return for Middlesex today.
Dawid Malan (C), Paul Stirling, Stephen Eskinazi, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson (WK), Tom Helm, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Nathan Sowter, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (WK), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum
This is bound to be an extradonaire match, one packed to the brim with some exceptional batsmen. It could easily end up being a runs galore given the exemplary nature of batting superstars in both the sides and we are going to side with Middlesex for this one owing to the more depth they come packed with in their batting department.
Match: Middlesex vs Kent Spitfires
Date And Time: 1st August, Thursday- 10:45pm IST
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
- Dawid Malan (C), Paul Stirling, AB de Villiers, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
- Oliver Robinson, Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Hardus Viljoen
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for KET vs MID Dream11
Kent Spitfires’ Ollie Robinson is our choice for this on. With both him and Simpson occupying the same batting spots for their side, the decision came down to which batsmen is more well quipped in clearing the fence in the death overs, seeing us opt for Robinson.
Batsmen for KET vs MID Dream11
A match winning 75 run stand in the previous match between openers Stevie Eskinazi (51) and Dawid Malan (45) sees both of Middlesex’s opening batsmen enter the fray of our side. The two have revelled us in some astonishing batting displays with Malan in particular being extremely consistent and we see them resonating the same showings today as well.
AB de Villiers comes in from the side as well while from the Kent we have gone ahead with only the one pick in the form of opener Heino Kuhn.
All-Rounders for KET vs MID Dream11
After scoring 43 in 12 balls in the last match and given the left handers in Middlesex’s batting unit, we are roping in Mohammed Nabi from Kent Spitfires for this one. What has served well for the outfit till now is the fact that they have not relied on any one name in the batting department to come up with the runs in every match and Nabi gives the side extra depth in the middle-order.
From Middlesex meanwhile is Toby Roland Jones with the pacer emerging as the side’s leading wicket taker. His spell of 5-21 the last time around sent Glamorgan packing for 136 and he’ll need to pick up wickets today as well against a side who comes equipped with some astute batsmen.
Bowling Order for KET vs MID Dream11
Frontline pacer Tom Hel is our first pick from Middlesex with his accurate line and length leaving batsmen flummoxed on how to get under his deliveries and with him coming on in the death overs as well, he’s bound to snare up wickets. He will be accompanied by Nathan Sowter with the spinner set to move the ball away ominously from the batsmen and make him cleaning him apart a tricky prospective.
From Kent Spitfires we have picked out Fed Klaasen and Hardus Viljoen with the two emerging as two of the biggest successful players for the side till now.
Captain And Vice-Captain for KET vs MID Dream11
Toby has been selected as our captain for today while we are opting for Dawid to be our vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.