Hampshire vs Middlesex, June 28, Vitality Blast 2021 Prediction
Match: Hampshire vs Middlesex
Date: 28th June 2021
Place (venue): The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Tournament: Vitality Blast 2021
Format: T-20 match
Caption: Will Middlesex win this fixture against Hampshire to move ahead from the bottom of the table in the south group?
- Joe Weatherley is the player to watch out for Hampshire as he scored 319 runs in the last 13 innings only for his team.
- Steven Finn is the 8th on the list of bowlers to take most wickets and has taken 10 wickets so far in just 5 matches for Middlesex.
- In the last five matches between these two teams, Hampshire have won 3 matches against Middlesex while Middlesex clinched 2 games against Hampshire.
Hampshire will face Middlesex on 28th June in the Vitality Blast T20 cup at the Rose Bowl at Southampton. Both teams will be looking forward to winning this game to be in the race to qualify for this year.
Hampshire are ranked 8th with 4 points in the south group as they have won just 1 game and lost 3 out of 6 they played. On the other hand, Middlesex has registered a victory in only one game against Hampshire and they are at the bottom of the table in the same group with just 2 points in 5 games.
Hampshire have very good records against Middlesex so they will try to continue their winning momentum against this team, on the other hand, Middlesex defeated only one team this season and that team was Hampshire. So Middlesex will be confident in this game to defeat Hamshire on 28th June.
After struggling last year, this year also Hamshire are not on the mark and by winning just 1 game and 3 loses from 6 matches, they are at the 8th place in the south group with 4 points. They need to win this game to remain in the race for playoffs.
In total 6 matches, the team has played, the last 2 matches got abandoned due to rain so in 4 matches they registered a victory only against Essex so far. While playing against Essex they have set up a total of 155 runs on the board with the help of Joe Weatherley’s 42 from 34 balls. Chris wood bowled a brilliant spell of 1 wicket for 15 runs in his spell of 4 overs during the defending.
They have lost the game against Middlesex in the league stage earlier. Although they scored 215 runs on the board, they couldn’t manage to defend the target as bowlers bowled expensive spells and Middlesex managed to win that game by 3 wickets. D’Arcy Short’s 48 from 28 balls and Lewis McManus’ 47 from 27 balls were the key knocks from Hampshire’s side.
By looking at the overall performance of this season, they will try to win this game against Middlesex after two back-to-back abandoned games. They need to win this game by executing their plans well at the Rose Bowl on 28th June.
Key players for Hampshire:
Hampshire Probable Playing XI:
James Vince(c), D’Arcy Short, Tom Alsop(wk), Joe Weatherley, James Fuller, Lewis McManus(wk), Brad Wheal, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott.
Middlesex have registered their only victory of this season against Hampshire and lost all 4 other games out of 5 they played to be at the bottom of the table in the south group with just 2 points in their account. This is also a must-win game for them to be in the race of knockouts.
While chasing the target of 216 against Hampshire, Joe Cracknell played a brilliant inning of 77 from 43 balls, and to help him, wicket-keeper; John Simpson scored a quick knock of 62 runs from 31 balls. John Simpson has been phenomenal for them and has scored 368 runs from the last 15 innings.
In the last match against Glamorgan, despite a brilliant spell of Steven Finn’s 4 wickets for 19 runs only, they couldn’t manage to chase down the target of 151 runs against the opponent. With poor batting performance, they were able to score 129 runs only in the 20 overs.
The team has a good bowling attack and Steven Finn led this attack well to take 24 wickets in the last 14 innings for this team. Their only concern is the poor form of middle-order batting so they will try to manage those things against Hamshire on 28th June.
Top players for Middlesex:
Middlesex Probable Playing XI:
Stevie Eskinazi(c), Joe Cracknell, Paul Stirling, John Simpson(wk), Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Blake Cullen, Steven Finn, Ethan Bamber, Tim Murtagh, Nathan Sowter.
The Rose Bowl from Southampton will host this match from Vitality Blast 2021. This beautiful ground has a capacity of 6500 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This Rose Bowl has conducted 8 T20Is matches so far and many domestic games as well. The pitch offers an advantage to batsmen during a chase and it’s easy to chase down the target on this venue. In the last 5 matches, the team who bowled first won 4 matches.
At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Report
The weather will be cloudy from the 28th of June with high chances of rain. The average maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 20°C – 13°C range.
By looking at the current form of both teams, Middlesex have a good bowling attack but they are struggling with their middle-order batting lineup. On the other hand, Hampshire’s batsmen are looking in good touch this year and they will try to put pressure on the spin attack of Middlesex. Also in death overs, Middlesex have conceded more runs than Hampshire and that might cost them a defeat in this match against Hampshire.
We predict that Hampshire will defeat Middlesex.
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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