Kent will lock horns with Middlesex in match number 68 of the Vitality T20 Blast 2020 at the St Lawrence Ground, in Canterbury, on September 16, Wednesday.
Kent Spitfires, as they are popularly known as, have gone off to a rolicking start to their Vitality T20 Blast 2020 campaign. They are at par with points with the table toppers Surrey but just that they have a inferior net run rate, the Spitfires are in the second spot of the South Group points table. Middlesex have been hot and cold and that's what hampered their progress in this competition. With just two wins in the bag, Middlesex, now need to win each and every game until the end of the group stage. However, the last time these two sides met earlier this season, the match unbelievably ended in a tie! While these two sides prepare for a mouth-watering encounter, we will look into the top three markets from this match to bet on. So, let's get started:
Today, we are just going to deal with three of the top four batsmen and Zak Crawley is one of them. Crawley has had a wonderful 2020 with the bat and he has carried that form into this ongoing edition of the Vitality T20 Blast. The crafty right-hander is the third highest run getter in the ongoing season of the Vitality T20 Blast with 304 runs in 7 matches at an average of 60.80 including 1 century and 1 fifty. Crawley cruised to an incredible century in the last game for Kent to sink the Hampshire ship. His scores this season - 108*, 16, 28, 67, 32, 31 and 22* proves that he has gone past that 22-run mark on 5 occasions in 7 games for Kent Spitfires. Crawley has played 7 matches at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury and he has 175 runs under his belt at an average of 29.17. In the previous season of the Vitality T20 Blast, Crawley posted 307 runs in 29.10 and that was in 11 matches. Crawley still has three matches under his belt in this ongoing season of the Vitality T20 Blast and quite unsurprisingly, he is going to end up scoring a lot more than the previous season unless he gets out for three consecutive ducks and Kent Spitfires do not qualify for the quarter finals, which are highly unlikely! Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.83 for Crawley to score at least 23 runs against Middlesex and it is highly likely that he is going to score a lot more than that.
When I considered taking markets only related to batsmen runs, how could Stevie Eskinazi not be my first choice! I mean look at his numbers this season and you will realise on your own how difficult it has been to contain this man. In 7 matches this season, Stevie Eskinazi has piled up 350 runs at an average of 50.00 including a mind-boggling four half centuries. Eskinazi has piled up scores of - 77, 33, 2, 51, 79, 84 and 24, which means he has breached the 23 runs mark 6 out of 7 times, which is insane! Eskinazi was averaging 32.00 for Middlesex in the previous season of the Vitality T20 Blast as well. The Englishman has 111 runs in just 3 matches at an average of 55.50 against Kent Spitfires. Stevie averages 33.97 in the Vitality T20 Blast tournaments and that again is way more than the required market average for us to win. Dafabet is offering odds of 1.87 for Stevie Eskinazi to score more than 23 runs and that is likely to happen.
From the highest run scorer in the league, we will now shift our focus to the fourth highest run getter - Daniel Bell-Drummond! The 27-year-old Englishman has been on top of his game with the bat and there is no denying that he has been a proven force for Kent Spitfires alongside Zak Crawley. Bell-Drummond has scored 269 runs at an average of 44.83 including two half centuries. He was the highest run scorer for Kent Spitfires in the previous season of the Vitality T20 Blast with 317 runs at an average of 26.41 including three half centuries. Daniel averages 30.72 in his T20 career with 2738 runs including 1 century and 21 half centuries. He has played six matches against the Middlesex Panthers and has scored 184 runs at an average of 30.67. Every single scenario I have mentioned so far seems to be working in our favour and that is how we are likely to win all the three bets, which is nothing less than phenomenal. Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.83 for Daniel Bell-Drummond to score at least 23 runs and that's how it is going to work tomorrow.
Zak Crawley to score over 22.5 runs - @ 1.83 (Bet 365)
Stevie Eskinazi to score over 23.5 runs - @ 1.87 (Dafabet)
Daniel Bell-Drummond to score over 22.5 runs - @ 1.83 (Bet 365)