Eoin Morgan hammered unbeaten 83 off 29 balls as Middlesex beat Somerset by six wickets to seal a place in the quarterfinals of Vitality T20 Blast. @Twitter/Vitality Blast

Eoin Morgan starred as Middlesex chased down a record Vitality T20 Blast target to beat Somerset by six wickets at Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Friday.

Chasing 227, Middlesex won the match by three overs to spare, with England’s World Cup-winning captain hammering 83 not out off 29 balls, with the help of five fours and eight sixes.

Batting first, Somerset scored 226 on the back of Tom Abell’s unbeaten 101 off 47 balls. Tom Banton and Edward Byrom scored 62 off 39 balls and 44 off 20 balls respectively.

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Middlesex needed a brisk start in the chase and Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling did exactly that. While the former scored a brisk 41 off 14 balls, the latter chipped in with 25 off 10 balls. The two though got out in space of two balls after powering Middlesex to 67 off four overs.

AB de Villiers and Mohammad Hafeez then joined forces and added 44 runs in 4.4 overs before the former Pakistan skipper was run-out for 18. Ex-South Africa captain was the next man to get out after Max Waller took a stunning one-handed catch in the deep, with Middlesex at 128/4 after 10.2 overs.

From thereon, it was the Morgan show. England’s limited-overs skipper, who had set a world record for sixes in an ODI during the recently-concluded World Cup 2019, took apart the Somerset bowling attack, with George Scott chipping in with an unbeaten 22 off 18 balls.

The pair of Morgan and Scott shared an unbeaten 99-run stand off 40 balls to help their team a seal a place in the quarterfinal at the expense of their opponents.

Brief scores: Middlesex 227/4 (Eoin Morgan 83*, Dawid Malan 41; Tim Groenewald 2/38) beat Somerset (Tom Abell 101*, Tom Banton 62; Toby Roland-Jones 2/32) by six wickets