Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Middlesex vs Hampshire Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Middlesex vs Hampshire taking place? Thursday 22nd August, 18:15 (UK)

Where is Middlesex vs Hampshire taking place? Venue: Lord's, London

What is the expected weather for Middlesex vs Hampshire? 24c and sunny with a gentle breeze

What television channel is Middlesex vs Hampshire on? Middlesex vs Hampshire will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Middlesex vs Hampshire? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Middlesex vs Hampshire? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Middlesex W11, Hampshire W17, No result 2
Last meeting: Middlesex beat Hampshire by 22 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

MIDDLESEX

  • With their last Vitality Blast outing away at Essex Eagles abandoned without a ball bowled, Middlesex tasted victory in their most recent completed T20 match, beating Gloucestershire by 9 runs in a rain-affected match.
  • Dawid Malan hit an unbeaten 91 runs in the game against Gloucs and the Middlesex captain will be looking to lead by example once again at the top of the order against Hampshire with another match-winning innings.
  • England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan also featured and appeared to show no ill effects of the back injury which kept him out of Middlesex’s game against Sussex and should be fit to play once again in this match.

HAMPSHIRE

  • Before Hampshire’s latest Vitality Blast game at home to Surrey was rained off, they had lost their previous three games to drop down to sixth in the South Group, leaving their chances of knockout qualification in the balance.
  • The batting has been weak for Hampshire throughout the competition, with their last three defeats seeing them fail to pass 140 runs with the bat and this must improve at Lord’s if they are to compete.
  • Hampshire will be hoping that England international and World Cup winner James Vince can make a key contribution with the bat in this game, having not made a score of over 50 in his last four T20 innings.

THE PREDICTION

Middlesex will be desperate to keep the likes Somerset at bay as they look to seal their spot in the knockout stage of the Vitality Blast and the signing of South African star AB de Villiers for their final two group games will have given the whole county a lift. However, he will not feature in this game and they will rely on the likes of Malan and Morgan for runs.

Taking on a Hampshire team low on confidence following three losses from their last four group games, means Middlesex will not get a better opportunity to put another two points on the board. Hampshire realistically need to win this game to keep themselves in the hunt for a top four finish, but this looks too stiff a challenge and Middlesex should come out on top at Lord’s.

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