T20 Blast 2020: South Group, Kent vs Hampshire – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Imran Qayyum could turn out to be a top pick for this match.
Updated - Aug 27, 2020 3:52 pm
The South Group match of the Vitality T20 Blast will be played between Kent and Hampshire at the St. Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
This match is scheduled to start at 02:30 PM Local Time (6:30 PM IST) (01:30 PM UTC).
After beating Hampshire twice in the previous season, Kent will be keen to continue their momentum against their rivals in 2020. Kent has not lost a T20 match to Hampshire since August 2017. With Zak Crawley being in incredible form, Kent will start as the favorites to win this match.
Hampshire will miss the services of their left-handed top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. This loss will deal a massive blow to their chances in this season because Rossouw is a T20 veteran. Nevertheless, Sam Northeast and co. will look to bring their ‘A’ game to the table and get off to a winning start.
The skies will stay cloudy in Canterbury during match time. The temperature will loom around 18 degrees Celsius, with a 20% chance of rain.
Kent had a 50% win record in Canterbury last year. They lost their last two matches to Surrey and Gloucestershire. The pitch has been good for batting as the teams batting first crossed the 160 mark in every completed inning.
Average 1st innings score: 173 (Last four completed matches considered)
Record of Chasing Teams: Won: 0, Lost: 4
Injury & Availability News
(Will be added when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs
Daniel Bell Drummond (c), Ollie Robinson (wk), Zak Crawley, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Marcus O’Riordan, Calum Hagget, Matt Milnes, Fred Klaasen, Grant Stewart, Imran Qayyum.
Bench: Jordan Cox.
Sam Northeast (c), Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Alsop, Joe Weatherley, George Munsey, Ian Holland, James Fuller, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Brad Wheal, Scott Currie.
Bench: Felix Organ, Ajeet Dale, Mason Crane.
Zak Crawley is coming off an excellent Test series against Pakistan. The top-order batsman is middling the ball well and should score big in this match against Hampshire.
Scottish player George Munsey will be the number one pick from Hampshire in the absence of Rilee Rossouw. Munsey has played several match-winning knocks for Scotland in T20s.
Daniel Bell-Drummond has much experience of playing T20 cricket. The Kent skipper has played 90 matches, aggregating 2469 runs at an average of 29.74. The surface will help the batsmen, which makes Bell-Drummond a top pick.
Captain and Vice-Captain Options
Captain Options: Zak Crawley, George Munsey
Vice-Captain Options: Daniel Bell-Drummond, Imran Qayyum
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ollie Robinson
Batsmen – Zak Crawley (c), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Northeast, George Munsey
All-Rounders – Ian Holland, James Fuller
Bowlers – Imran Qayyum (vc), Fred Klaasen, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Lewis McManus
Batsmen – Zak Crawley, Daniel Bell-Drummond (vc), Sam Northeast, George Munsey (c)
All-Rounders – Ian Holland, James Fuller, Calum Haggett
Bowlers – Fred Klaasen, Matt Milnes, Ryan Stevenson
Although the match will be played on a batsman-friendly wicket, it is advisable to pick left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum in the team. He has one four-wicket haul and a five-wicket haul to his name in 34 T20s. Hampshire does not have its top batsmen and Qayyum could be amongst the wickets in this contest.
Kent is expected to win this match.