HAM Vs KET Dream11 Team: Both Hampshire and Kent lost their previous games in the Vitality Blast 2020 against Middlesex and Sussex respectively. While it was Kent’s first defeat in the tournament, it was Hampshire’s 4th in 6 games.
The last time these two teams were scheduled to face each other, the match was abandoned due to rain and the points had to be shared.
It’s a match of the South Group and will get underway at 06:30 PM IST. The forecast suggests that the weather will be slightly cloudy, but there is only 10% chance of rain. The maximum temperature during the day will be somewhere around 26 degree Celsius.
Apart from one defeat that Kent has suffered, they have won 3 out of the 6 games they have played in Vitality Blast 2020. One out of their remaining two games has ended in no result, while the other one has been a tie. They have a total of 8 points in their tally right now and they are at no. 3 in the South Group table.
Hampshire’s form has been shaky as they have won just 1 out of their 6 games and they are currently sitting at the 5th position in the table.
The match will be played at The Rose Bowl, Southampton which is also known as the Ageas Bowl. The pitch at this venue is expected to be good for batting and it might be a high-scoring game.
Hampshire might have struggled a little bit in the ongoing Blast season, but they are a quality team on paper and have been further strengthened by the arrival of James Vince and Shaheen Afridi, both of whom are international players.
Kent has also got the services of Joe Denly now who is back from national duty. Denly brings a lot of experience to the table and adds another dimension to the Kent squad.
Kent goes into the game as favorites, but this should be a very close game.
HAM Playing 11 (expected): Tom Alsop, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Ian Holland, Chris Wood, Ryan Stevenson, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi
KET Playing 11 (expected): Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Heino Kuhn, Alex Blake, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox (WK), Grant Stewart, Calum Haggett, Imran Qayyum, Fred Klaassen
Daniel Bell-Drummond – Daniel Bell-Drummond is averaging above 50 with the bat in Vitality Blast 2020 and is striking the ball at a rate of over 165 runs per 100 balls. There has hardly been a game where Bell-Drummond has failed to give Kent a flying start and another substantial knock can be expected from him tonight.
James Vince – James Vince made a comeback last game and could score only a couple of runs, but he has been a fluent scorer for Hampshire in white ball cricket over the years and he can be backed to make a difference at the top of the order this evening.
Joe Denly – Joe Denly returned from the England bubble the other day and seemed to hit the ball alright as he scored 32 runs off just 17 balls batting at no. 3 for Kent. The fact that he bowls a bit of handy leg spin as well, Denly can be a good pick as Dream11 vice-captain.
Shaheen Afridi – Shaheen Afridi has remained wicketless in the two games he has played for Hampshire, but a lot of catches have also been dropped off his bowling. He has mostly been pitching the ball in the right areas and it’s only a matter of time before the Pakistani pace sensation starts chipping away with the wickets.