MID vs NOT Dream11 : North Group’s Notts Outlaws lock heads against third placed Middlesex from South Group for the second quarter-final in the Vitality Blast
The second quarter-final from the dramatic land of the Vitality Blast is upon us today with two sides akin to each other taking on each other in a match which promises to be an evenly contested and finely balanced affair. Notts Outlaws and Middlesex enjoyed similar campaigns in the group stages of the marquee league, ending on 16 and 15 points respectively with both the sides extremely similar in their composition and gameplan as well.
Playing against each other today, both the sides promises to immerse us in a pool of riveting cricket, a match which promise to be tantalising poised and witch hands several times across the course of the topsy-turvy encounter. With the 6 wins, Notts Outlaws saw their superior net run-rate see them finish about Derbyshire Falcons to take second place in North Group, despite unravelling in their final group stage clash.
With a massive 47 run defeat against Durham Cricket, one where Notts Outlaws were bundled out for just 124 in their pursuit of 171, the side will be well aware that they can’t afford a similar slip up today as well. They are against one of the most formidable and sensational batting unit in the league with the returning AB de Villiers only adding to the staunch stature of their batting line-up.
The side are making a foray into today’s clash having pulled off a piquant run chase, one which saw them get past a humongous 227 run target with a staggering 3 overs and 6 wickets to spare as their top-order made a mockery of Somerset’s bowling unit, guiding the side into the top 4 with aplomb.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
A wicket made for batting first, the small boundaries and batting friendly conditions in the first part of the match will allow for a colossal score being piled on today by the side batting first. The wicket does tend to become sluggish, slow down and see the spinners come into full effect in the second part though with no side losing after putting on 160 while batting first here.
No hesitation for the side winning the toss with batting first the clear choice today.
Probable Playing 11
Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores, Jake Libby, Samit Patel, Daniel Christian, Luke Fletcher, Matthew Carter, Harry Gurney, Imad Wasim
Dawid, Paul Stirling, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Eskinazi, George Scott, John Simpson, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn
MID vs NOT Match Prediction
Although Middlesex were unsure of their participating in the quarter-finals with the team enduring an inconsistent run of results, one which threatened to stall their campaign, the side have scraped through to make it this far and look a menacing unit. They might just be one of the best batting units in the league, filled to the brim with specialist batsmen, names who’ll spare no expense in putting on a huge score today.
This is what favours them today with Notts Outlaws yearning for runs previously. Middlesex win this one and move onto the semi-finals.
Match: Notts Outlaws vs Middlesex Quarter-Final 2
Date And Time: 5th September, Thursday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
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- Alex Hales, Jake Libby, Samit Patel, Harry Gurney
- Paul Stirling, AB de Villiers, Toby Roland-Jones, Nathan Sowter
Top 4 Batting Order
- Joe Clarke, Alex Hales, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores
- Dawid, Paul Stirling, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan
- Alex Hales, Jake Libby
- Paul Stirling, AB de Villiers
Death Overs Bowlers
- Daniel Christian, Harry Gurney
- Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn
Wicket-Keeper for MID vs NOT Dream11
With 33 runs in 26 balls in the previous encounter, we are selecting Notts Outlaws wicket-keeper for this clash. His side are bound to lose wickets and he’ll get ample time to come out and bat and pile on the runs especially in the death overs.
Batsmen for MID vs NOT Dream11
AB de Villiers returned for Middlesex in the last clash and took no time in reverting to his clean hitting ways. He scored 32 runs in 16 balls, ripping apart the bowlers to set the tone for his side’s successful run chase and is bound to score big today as well.
Eoin Morgan’s 83 in 29 balls see us opt for him as well from the side while from the opposition we are getting in their opener Alex Hales for this fixture.
All-Rounders for MID vs NOT Dream11
With this surface bound to spin as the ball gets old and the match goes on, getting in spinners was a certainty for this clash. This sees us bring in Samit Patel from Notts Outlaws while our duo from the opposition composes of Paul Stirling and Toby Roland Jones. Stirling has been pivotal for them in the opening slot recently, getting 25 runs the last time around while Jones took 2-32.
MID vs NOT Dream11 Bowling Order
We are selecting all the frontline bowlers from Middlesex with their pacer and new ball bowler Steven Finn, Tom Helm and legspinner Nathan Sowter coming into our side. The trio is bound to snare wickets as Notts Outlaws look to up the ante and score runs and given the dwindling nature of their batting unit, expect Middlesex to enjoy their time out today.
From the other side we have Harry Gurney, their leading wicket taker complete our side.
Captain And Vice-Captain
AB de Villiers gets to be our side’s captain while Stirling is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, 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.