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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Cheer on in-form Dwayne Bravo at Lord's

Middlesex man could have blast in T20 clash

Middlesex's Dwayne Bravo could have a big role to play in both innings
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Middlesex and Hampshire have some hugely talented individuals in their T20 Blast squads but the teams will start their clash at Lord's with just two wins in ten matches between them.

Middlesex are bottom of the South Group with Hampshire a point better off thanks to their tie with Essex last time out.

That could easily have been another defeat as Ravi Bopara's six off the first ball of the final over left Essex needing just seven off five balls, but the one bright spot in Hampshire's campaign came in the reverse fixture against Middlesex.

They eased to a 21-run victory at the Rose Bowl with New Zealand's Colin Munro hitting 63 off 40 balls and taking 2-20.

One of Munro's victims was his fellow overseas all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has added some much-needed quality to a struggling Middlesex side.

The West Indian, a master of the Twenty20 format, is usually a good bet to pick up wickets at the death with his clever variations of pace.

But he also looks in fine touch with the bat so it is tempting to go over bet365's performance line of 41.5 about the globetrotting star.

Bravo made an inauspicious start to his Middlesex stint against Surrey at Lord's, bowling four wicketless overs and being dismissed for one, but since then his performances have made up at 26, 74, 72 and 68.

That last tally came against Hampshire, when he took a wicket and a catch before top-scoring with 38 from number six, hitting three sixes in an unsuccessful run-chase.

Hampshire captain James Vince is 3-1 favourite to top-score for the visitors, with Munro just behind him in the betting, while Middlesex opener Max Holden, who made 84 against Somerset in his last Blast innings at Lord's, is a 4-1 shot to outscore his teammates.

D Bravo over 41.5 performance points
3pts 5-6 bet365

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The West Indian is usually a good bet to pick up wickets at the death with his clever variations of pace
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