In the Semi-final 2 of the T20 Blast 2021, Kent and Sussex will be up against ach other. The season’s playoffs have been played after a break, due to the strategy employed by England Cricket Board. The Kent team have the presence of players like Matt Milnes and Jack Leaning. While, Sussex team will need performances of Tymal Mills and Luke Wright. The Kent team is led by Sam Billings and Luke Wright leads the Sussex team.
The Kent team topped their group points table with 9 wins in 14 matches, and then beat Warwickshire in the Quarter Finals. While Sussex secured 6 wins in the same number of league matches and then won against Yorkshire in the Quarter-Finals. Both the teams have an exciting players and would look to perform as per their abilities and the track record.
This will be the Semi-final 2 of the English T20 Blast 2021, and after this fixture, the final will get underway at the same venue in a short span of time tonight. The same type of fixtures are arranged every year for the English T20 Blast, with play-offs being played at same day. The matches will be played at the iconic ground of Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Fixture Name: Semi-final 2
Competition: English T20 Blast 2021
Date: 18 September
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
KET(recent last): W L W
SUS(recent last): W W L
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Pitch Report: The match between KET and SUS will be played at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The weather is expected to be cloudy with little chances of rain, and the pace bowlers are likely to get help from the surface with the new ball. While, the batters will look to play-out the few overs and score runs in a quick manner. Here the scores of around 170 are easily achievable, and the bowlers need to perform well.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Warwickshire 191/6 won by 14 runs against Northamptonshire 177/8 in English T20 Blast 2021
The Sussex and Kent team have equally good players in their ranks, and the chosen combination is best suited for the fantasy prediction. The wicket-keepers are in terrific form, while all the batters have been performing well in limited-overs. The all-rounders have gained prominence due to their performances for the past 1 year. While, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan will count on their experience, and youngster Lenham has been impressive.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Sam Billings, Phil Salt
BATSMEN: Luke Wright, Daniel Bell Drummond, Jack Leaning, Zak Crawley
ALL-ROUNDERS: David Wiese, George Garton
BOWLERS: Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Archie Lenham
The Kent team is expected to win this fixture due to their fine balance and experienced group of players. They were also the best team in the league stage, and will be in confidence. While, Sussex also have chances to clinch the final spot, but can fall short against the fine batting prowess of the Kent team in the Semi-final 2 of the T20 Blast 2021.
The Sussex team won 6 out of 14 league matches and topped the points table. In the Quarter-finals, they chased down the target of 178 in the last over of the innings. In the bowling unit, Tymal Mills was the best performer and all the other bowlers like Garton, Lenham, and Jordan were impressive as well. In the batting department, Philip Salt and Luke Wright provided a stable start and Wiese contributed in the middle-order.
The top-order batter got an opportunity to make his international debut this year and was impressive for England. He has the ability to provide blistering start and stabilize team at the top-order. In the last league match, he scored 54 off 39 balls and helped the team to chase down the total. In 11 matches, he has a total of 371 runs to his name.
The bowler will feature in his debut ICC T20 World Cup after fine performances in the domestic cricket. Mills with his pace and accuracy has came back to form at the right team and was impressive in league matches of T20 Blast and The Hundred. He added 3 wickets to his tally in the last league match to make it a total of 14 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker for Sussex.
Captain: Luke Wright
Wicket-keeper: Philip Salt
Possible Top Four: Philip Salt, Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara, Delray Rawlins
Possible Opening Bowlers: Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan
The X-factors for Sussex team would be George Garton, who recently got an IPL contract due to the fine performances in the limited-overs, and Archie Lenham has been impressive in his debut season.
SUS Playing 11 (likely)
The Kent team has been playing well in this season and won 9 league matches, and then beat Warwickshire in the QF by 21 runs. They posted a score of 162 on the board on the back of half-centuries from Drummond and Sam Billings. While, Matt Milnes, Qais Ahmad and Jack Leaning were impressive to put the opposition in pressure and seal the semi-final spot.
One of the finest players in the England domestic cricket has scored the most runs for the Kent team in the T20 Blast 2021 and will possibly be the best pick of this fixture. His ability to stabilize and accelerate at the crucial times, makes him the credible player. In the last match, he scored a quick-fire half century to help the team in posting a good score.
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The leading wicket-taker of the Kent team has been a revelation in the limited-overs. His wicket-taking abilities along with fine economy rate has helped Kent team to have an edge over the other teams in the tournament. In the last match, he picked 4 wickets and certainly played the main role in the Kent team reaching the semi-finals of the T20 Blast 2021.
Captain: Sam Billings
Wicket-keeper: Sam Billings
Possible Top Four: Zack Crawley, Daniel Bell Drummond, Joe Denly, Sam Billings
Possible Opening Bowlers: Matt Milnes, Fred Klaassen
The X-factors for Kent team would be Fred Klaassen who has picked wickets with the red-cherry this year, and Jack Leaning who has scored runs for the team in crucial situations and will be vital in the middle-order.
KET Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Kent vs Sussex English T20 Blast 2021 Live score and streaming on Fancode and YouTube. All the news updates related to the English T20 Blast 2021 will be available on the England Cricket Board website. While, the English T20 Blast 2021 stats can be viewed on the third-party websites. The photo updates of the practice session and Playing 11 can be viewed on each team’s respective official Twitter account.
The KET vs SUS match will not be broadcasted on any Television Channel, as none of the channels have television rights to telecast English T20 Blast 2021. The ball-to-ball commentary and live streaming action will be available on the FanCode and YouTube app. The crowd will be allowed in the stadium due to the easing restrictions of the UK Government.