Essex vs Kent, June 25, Vitality Blast 2021 Prediction
Match: Essex vs Kent
Date: 25th June 2021
Place (venue): County Ground, Chelmsford
Tournament: Vitality Blast 2021
Format: T-20 match
Caption: Will Essex tackle the hurdle of table-toppers; Kent to be in the race to qualify for knockouts?
- Sam Cook is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament and has taken 11 wickets from 6 matches for Essex.
- Jack Leaning is the highest run-scorer for Kent this season and has scored 213 runs in 6 innings.
- In the last five matches between these two teams, Kent have a 4-1 advantage over Essex.
Essex will face Kent in this fixture of the south group of vitality blast 2021. This match will be played on 25th June at County Ground which is the home ground of Essex. Kent registered a comfortable victory over Essex by 67 runs in the first match between them this season.
Kent are ranked first in the south group of the points table with 10 points in which they have won 5 games out of 6 they played. On the other side, Essex are currently at 6th place in the table with just 5 points in their account in 7 games with just 2 wins.
Kent have an edge over Essex in terms of stats and records hence they will like to maintain those good numbers against Essex in this game whereas Essex will try to clinch this game to convert some records in their side.
Essex are struggling to win games this season and they have not delivered according to their strength so far. With just 2 wins from 7 games, they are at 6th place in the points table of the south group. Now they need a win in this game to continue their run to the playoffs.
After winning their first match against Somerset, they lost 3 games consecutively against Hampshire, Glamorgan, and Sussex. Again after losing the game against Kent by 67 runs, they made a good comeback against Surrey to bowled them out on just 118 runs.
Sam Cook bowled a match-winning spell of 4 wickets for 15 runs in his 4 overs against Surrey. To help him, Dan Lawrence and Aron Nijjar also picked up 2 wickets each to restrict the opponent. Sam Cook has taken 15 wickets in the last 10 innings and helped his team to defend the targets.
Essex have a bad record against Kent so they will try to change those stats in favour of them. They just have to execute their plans well to win this game against Kent and remain in the race of the playoffs
Top players for Essex:
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Essex Probable Playing XI:
Kent are looking strong this season and have played superb cricket so far this year. They have registered 5 victories in 6 matches they played and are at the top of the table in the south group with 10 points in their hands.
Kent defeated Essex in the last match by 67 runs. With superb batting performances, they have scored 236 runs on the board with the help of Daniel bell Drummond’s 88 runs from 44 balls and Jack Leaning’s fiery inning of 42 runs from 117 balls. Opener Zak Crawley also contributed to the total with 69 from 39 balls.
Jack Leaning delivered an all-around performance and picked up 3 wickets on 15 runs only to restrict opponents from chasing down the target. Jack Leaning has been phenomenal this season and has scored 213 runs also in a total of 6 innings.
The overall team is looking strong in all departments and has a good depth in the batting department which is the key to their success. They also have a well-established bowling unit to defend the target set by the batters up in order. They will now try to continue their winning momentum in this match against Essex on 25th June.
Key players for Kent:
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Kent Probable Playing XI:
County Ground in Chelmsford will host this match. This ground is considered a home ground of the Essex side and has conducted many domestic games. This stadium can accommodate a total of 6500 people.
This ground has offered an advantage to bowlers in few previous domestic matches. The team who has opted to bowl first here has delivered better than the batting team. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first and chase.
Pitch and Weather Report
The weather is partially cloudy on match day, with a 50-60% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 19°C – 12 °C range.
Kent are looking strong this season and have shown some extraordinary skills this year to be at the top of the south group as well. They have depth in the batting unit and also have a very good pace attack with them. On the other hand, Essex were struggling in the batting department, specifically in the lower middle order, and couldn’t manage to stretch down the inning till 20th over. Kent are looking to dominate this region and they have an upper hand over Essex in this match.
We predict that Kent will defeat Essex.
Disclaimer: Our match previews are fully researched but as per the nature of the game, anything is possible on the match day. You are advised to decide for yourself when betting on a team. Thanks.
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