Surrey vs Middlesex, June 25, Vitality Blast 2021 Prediction
Match: Surrey vs Middlesex
Date: 25th June 2021
Place (venue): The Kennington Oval, London.
Tournament: Vitality Blast 2021
Format: Twenty20 match
Caption: Who gets to start the season with a win, Somerset or Essex?
Key Stats: Surrey vs Middlesex: Can the struggling Middlesex turn their fortunes against the in-form Surrey?
- In the past five head-to-head encounters, Middlesex has won two matches. Surrey has defeated Middlesex in the past three consecutive matches, this signifies the dominance of Surrey over Middlesex.
- Surrey enters Vitality Blast 2021 as the previous year runner-ups, this team is one of the contenders for the title win this season. Middlesex had a disappointing end in Vitality Blast 2020, They would surely want to change the results this year.
- The return of Ollie Pope to the Surrey Batting unit will add to their strengths. Middlesex is yet to find their winning rhythm in this tournament, Captain Morgan has to make sure the plans get executed perfectly in order to win this contest.
Surrey will play against Middlesex in the South Group match of Vitality Blast 2021 on 25th June 2021. This match will be played at the Kennington Oval, London. On the South Group points table, Surrey holds the third position. Middlesex is placed last in the same group. Surrey has won three out of their six contests so far, while Middlesex has managed to win just one match out of five.
In the past five matches played between these two teams, Surrey has won three and Middlesex has won two matches. The recent matches result indicate that Surrey has won three consecutive matches against Middlesex, this signifies Surrey’s dominance over Middlesex in the past year.
Surrey had finished their previous season as runner-ups. They have a strong and stable team this season and are one of the contenders for the title win this season. Though this team haven’t played up to their full potential due to the key players missing a few matches, they have been successful in winning matches and holding their position on the points table.
Jason Roy and Will Jacks open the batting innings for Surrey. These two batting openers are capable enough to deliver a head start for their team in the initial play of the game. The vital innings of 64 runs by Jason Roy resulted in Surrey winning against Glamorgan. Another pair of in-form batsmen in this batting unit are Laurie Evans and Sam Curran. This batting pair played a match-winning innings for Surrey against Somerset. Hashim Amla, Tom Curran, and Ollie Pope are excellent batting alternatives available with this team. The return of Ollie Pope to this squad for this match will strengthen the batting power of this team.
Sam Curran, Tom Curran, and Matt Dunn are the key bowlers in Surrey’s bowling unit this season. The inclusion of Jordan Clark, Jamie Overton, and Gareth Batty provides this bowling unit with the required support. These bowlers bowl economical overs and add to the pressure on the opposing teams’ batting unit.
Top players for Surrey:
Surrey Playing XI:
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Jamie Smith, Laurie Evans, Jamie Overton, Tom Curran, Matt Dunn, Gareth Batty (c), Jade Dernbach.
Middlesex has been struggling in this tournament since the beginning of the season. They did not have a memorable tournament last year and things havent worked for this team in this season as well. Captain Morgan will have to step up and score runs for his team along with leading this team inorder to win matches and secure top spots in the points table.
Paul Sterling and Eon Morgan are the key batsmen in Middlesex batting unit. The responsibility of anchoring the innings and scoring runs for this team heavily relies on these two batsmen. Joe Cracnell, John Simpson ,and Luke Hollman form the middle order of this batting unit. If this team has to success in winning the matches in this tournament, all the batsmen have to start contributing with runs.
Blake Cullen and Steven Finn are the key bolwers for Middlesex this season. Both these bowlers have been excellent with their bowling and have claimed regular wickets for this team. Tim Murtagh, Ethan Bamber and Chris Green provide the required support to this bowling unit.
Key players for Middlesex:
Middlesex Probable Playing XI:
Stieve Eskinazi, Paul Striling, Joe Cracknell, Eon Morgan(c), John Simpson, Luke Hollman, Chris Green, Blake Cullen, Steven Finn, Ether Bamber, Tim Murtagh.
The venue for this match is The Kennington Oval, London. This venue is home for Surrey and it will work in the favor for them.
The team winning the toss would like to choose to chase as they can properly plan and execute their plans once they understand the pitch behavior at this venue.
Pitch and Weather Report
On match day, the weather will be overcast with possibility of light rains. The ground temperature will be between 20 °C and 13 °C at its highest and lowest points.
Looking at the previous performances of these teams in head-to-head encounters, Surrey clearly has an edge over Middlesex in this contest. It will be an uphill task for Captain Morgan to stop Surrey from claiming thier fourth victory this season.
We predict that Surrey 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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