MID vs SUR Dream11 Team Prediction: Middlesex look to reaffirm their spot in the Top 4 when they take on Surrey today.
Where Middlesex has been on a rapturous run ever since AB de Villiers has returned to the outfit, Surrey elsewhere have failed to overhaul a horrid spree of results for them. With just the one win from six matches, Surrey find themselves firmly planted in the bottom of the league, an impasse the side need to break free of at the moment.
AB de Villiers’ importance to this Middlesex outfit can’t be disguised. He helped the side win their league opener and immediately overhauled their horrid run of results upon his return to the side. He scored a rousing 88 in 35 balls in the previous encounter, helping his side navigate their way past 200, a target Somerset ended up falling short of by 35 runs.
On the other hand, Surrey slipped to their fourth defeat of the Vitality Blast with Somerset managing to finally peel off yet another 200 plus target set to them. They ended up making a mockery of Surrey’s 203, reaching the target at hand with 8 wickets to spare after a flabbergasting bowling performance from Surrey failed to appreciate the incredible job done by their batsmen.
With both these sides going onto rake up scores in excess of 200 in their previous encounters, expect this to be another match where the runs will pour by. This should be an extraordinary encounter, one which could easily see both the sides traverse their way past 200 and revel us in a cascading run feast.
MID vs SUR Dream11 Team Prediction
Jade Dernbach returns to Surrey’s outfit today and is expected to be reinstated with the captaincy role immediately.
Probable Playing XI
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
Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Jade Dernbach (c), Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir
Pitch Conditions and Toss
This surface has played every differently to the one we were doled out at the Cricket World Cup. The surface has settled down with the ground team working rigorously to ensure that this wicket plays in favour of the batsmen.
With scores of 170 in the two matches played here, expect this one to be another high scoring encounter with the side winning the toss looking to chase over here. The ground dimensions and layout of the ground will offer purchase to the pacers early on which the side winning the toss will look to extract.
Dream 11 Picks for MID vs SUR Dream11
Wicket-keepers for MID vs SUR Dream11
Ollie Pope stands tall amongst the rest of the choices available here. He doesn’t have the gloves anymore for his side with Ben Foakes taking over that duty but continues to remain an irreplaceable player given his high role in the batting order. He scored 37 in 19 balls in the previous encounter before getting run-out and we envision him scoring big today as well.
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Batsmen for MID vs SUR Dream11
When we reached this segment of our Dream 11 side, there was one player who we had to rope into our side. It’s AB de Villiers from Middle with his boundary laden knock of 85 in the last match seeing him smash his way to nine 6s. Opener Dawid Malan comes in as well after scoring 56 and putting on a 78 run partnership alongside Paul Stirling for the opening wicket.
With 72 in 44 balls, opener Aaron Finch is our first pick from Sussex. On a surface where the runs will be scoured by with ease, his side will need him to score good runs for them once again if they are to heavy any chance of winning this encounter. We are also picking out the second opener for their side, Will Jacks for this one.
All-rounders for MID vs SUR Dream11
Promoted to number 3 in the opening slot, a move he justified as he went onto score an engrossing 53 in 37 balls along with getting the three overs with the ball as well, Sam Curran walks into our side straightaway. An exceptional and specialist player, he’s perhaps the best all-rounder in the showpiece league, someone who brings forward excellent value given the frontline roles he occupies in both the departments.
From Middlesex we have opted for opener Paul Stirling who has shown his excellent pool of abilities ever since returning to the side along with Toby Roland Jones who is selected purely due to his role with the ball.
Bowlers for MID vs SUR Dream11
The 23 in 11 balls along with four balls overs with the ball see Tom Curran being rolled into our playing 11 while we have a deadly duo come into our side from Middlesex. With 4-29 in the previous encounter, Nathan Sowter is turning out to be an invaluable bowler for his side, using his restrictive line and length and legspin to leave the right handers flummoxed.
Pacer Steve Finn from the side completes our side for this match.
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.