English County Championship 2021, Match 4: MID vs SOM Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury Update

English County Championship 2021, Match 4: MID vs SOM Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Pitch Report and Injury Update

Roelof van der Merwe can be a risky captaincy pick.

Lewis Gregory
Lewis Gregory. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP) (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Preview:

Post the COVID-19 pandemic, this is for the first time the county Championship will start once again in England. In match 4, Middlesex will take on Somerset at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Both teams will look to start their campaign on a winning note.

Middlesex and Somerset are looking well-balanced with a mixture of experienced and young players in the ranks. In the last five encounters between the two teams, three matches ended in draws while one match each ended in favour of either teams. Somerset won the game comfortably by 231 runs when the two sides met last time.

Match Details:

Middlesex vs Somerset

Venue: Lord’s, London

Time: 3:30 PM IST

Live Streaming: ecb.co.uk, England Cricket app

Pitch Report:

The Lord’s pitch traditionally supports the fast bowlers. The conditions will be overcast as rain is expected throughout the game. We can expect the team winning the toss to bowl first to restrict the opposition to a low total in their first innings.


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Probable Playing XIs for MID vs SOM:

Middlesex

Stephen Eskinazi (C), Martin Andersson, John Simpson (wk), Jack Davies, Nick Gubbins, Max Holden, Sam Robson, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Tim Murtagh, Steven Finn

Somerset

Tom Abell (C), Tom Banton (wk), James Hildreth, Lewis Gregory, Steve Davies, George Bartlett, Josh Davey, Craig Overton, Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Jack Leach


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MID vs SOM Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:

Top picks – Middlesex

Nick Gubbins is one of the key batsmen for Middlesex. In 77 games, he has scored 4534 runs at an average of 33.58, including eight centuries and twenty-seven half-centuries.

Middlesex would be banking on the experience of veteran speedster Steven Finn. He has picked up 551 wickets in 157 matches at a bowling strike rate of 50.20.

Top picks – Somerset

Craig Overton had an outstanding 2019 county season. He picked up 37 wickets in just 10 matches at a bowling average of 21.89. The player will look to continue his fine run in this edition of the league as well.

Somerset captain Tom Abell has been consistent in the County Championship. In the last season, he scored 756 runs in 14 games at an average of 31.50, including a century and five half-centuries.

MID vs SOM Must Picks for Dream 11 Fantasy Cricket:

Player Statistics Dream11 Points
Nick Gubbins 336 runs 23, 67, 296, 19.5 (Last 4 games)
Lewis Gregory 13 wickets 152, 30, 50.5, 3.5 (Last 4 games)
John Simpson 160 runs 70, 95, 136 (Last 3 games)
Craig Overton 124 runs and 4 wickets 190, 32 (Last 2 games)
Jack Leach 22 wickets 54, 118, 110, 138, 89 (Last 5 games)

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Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MID vs SOM Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

John Simpson, Tom Banton (VC), Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Tom Abell, Lewis Gregory (C), Toby Roland-Jones, Craig Overton, Steven Finn, Tom Helm, Jack Leach

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for MID vs SOM Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Tom Banton, Nick Gubbins (C), Max Holden, Tom Abell (VC), Lewis Gregory, Toby Roland-Jones, Roelof Van de Merwe, Martin Andersson, Steven Finn, Tom Helm, Jack Leach


MID vs SOM Risky Captaincy Choices:

Roelof van der Merwe is a highly experienced campaigner who will try to use his experience to his advantage. He is cunning with his spin variations and can also do a fine job with the bat. He can be a risky captaincy pick.

Player you should avoid:

South African speedster Merchant de Lange, who is a part of the Somerset squad, has picked up only three wickets in his last five first-class matches. Taking his lack of form into consideration, he is a player you should give a miss while picking your team.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.