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|Timm van der Gugten||9||11||1||0||81.82|
|Marchant de Lange||17||13||3||0||130.77|
|RE Van Der Merwe||3.0||1||15||2||5.00|
|Timm van der Gugten||4.0||0||33||0||8.25|
|Marchant de Lange||4.0||0||48||0||12.00|
We are at the back-end of the league stage in Vitality T20 Blast and things have started to get clearer. Nottinghamshire and Gloucestershire are the only teams to have confirmed their progression to the next round and the other teams will be eying those six available spots. Glamorgan and Somerset are two of such teams and nothing less than a win would be sufficient to keep them alive in the competition. However, the two teams are set to face each other i the upcoming fixture and the losing teamwill have to fight their fate to qualify for the next round. The match between the two sides is to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Wednesday, 16th September 2020.
Glamorgan had a terrible campaign last year and while their campaign this year has arguably been better than their campaign last year, their performance so far has been far from satisfactory. They are currently placed at the second spot from the bottom in the Central Group points table. They have only five points so far, courtesy a wash-out and a couple of wins.
Glamorgan got off to a superb start in the tournament. They were so good in their opening match that they managed to defeat Gloucestershire, the team sitting at the top of the table, with considerable ease. However, their campaign all went downhill as they managed to get only one win from their subsequent six appearances.
After a winless drought that lasted for five games, Glamorgan once again managed to post a miraculous win, against Northamptonshire. Their win came rather as a sweet surprise to many, considering that Northamptonshire were then sitting at the second spot and Glamorgan were at the bottom of the table. Not only it was Glamorgan's win that was surprising, but also the manner, in which they Glamorgan defeated Northants came as a huge surprise.
Glamorgan's win over Northamptonshire was undoubtedly their best performance in the tournament so far and they'd be looking to carry the momentum into the business end of the competition. Glamorgan seemed a little bothered after being put out to the field by Northants as Glamorgan's bowlers looked in rhythm right from the very first delivery. Glamorgan's spinners led the charge with the ball as Prem Sisodiya got rid of Richard Levi on only the fourth delivery of the match. Levi's dismissal was followed by Paul Stirling's who got stumped off an Andrew Salter's delivery. Glamorgan's bowlers never allowed Northants to break the shackles, if anything they only tightened their grip on Northants. They eventually restricted Northamptonshire to a paltry total of 98 with all five bowlers returning with satisfactory figures, Picking three wickets each, Prem Sisodiya and Timm van der Gugten were Glamorgan's best bowlers for the day.
Although they were chasing a minuscule total, the return of David Lloyd immediately appeared to be making a difference to their batting unit. Lloyd was severe on all Northants' bowlers as he smashed Sanderson for fourteen and then Nathan Buck to fifteen in their respective first overs. He was dismissed after scoring a personal score of 40, but the pending result of the game was a mere formality as Glamorgan were left with just 31 runs to score in 11 overs with nine wickets in end. Glamorgan eventually sealed the deal with four overs to spare and seven wickets in hand.
All in all, Glamorgan are certainly not as bad a team as their performance reflects them to be. The fact that they will be playing at their home ground could be a very advantage they would want to have while going into a crunch game. Also, the return of David Llyod has certainly strengthened their batting unit. With surfaces likely to be slow in all of their upcoming games, they have a terrific bowling attack as well. If their middle-order manages to contribute well, Glamorgan will certainly be a hard team to get past.
Nicholas Selman, David Lloyd, Chris Cooke, Callum Taylor, Andy Balbirnie, Owen Morgan, Andrew Salter, Ruaidhri Smith, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten, Prem Sisodiya.
Somerset's campaign hasn't been too different as compared to that of Glamorgan. In fact, with five points to their name, Somerset are placed just a spot above Glamorgan, separated only by net run-rate. Somerset have played seven matches so far and currently have five points to their name with a net run-rate of 0.228.
Despite losing more often than winning, Somerset have a pretty good net run-rate signifying that their wins have been considerably massive. However, it the very inconsistency that is likely to bite them if they aren't able to qualify for the knockouts in this edition of Vitality T20 Blast. At the beginning of the competition, Somerset had one of the most experienced and most well-balanced team, but they haven't played like that.
Playing without Babar Azam and Tom Banton, two of their most prolific batsmen, Somerset got off to a terrible start in the tournament as they registered a couple of back to back losses. The return of Babar Azam immediately made a difference as they registered a convincing win over Somerset in the subsequent fixture. However, their inconsistency was apparent as got only one win in their next four matches.
Somerset are coming off two back to back defeats and are likely to be low on confidence. Additionally, the way Gloucestershire hammered Somerset's bowlers would have certainly have deflated the bowlers' morale. Bowling first on a true deck, Somerset's bowlers looked all out of sorts, especially at the death as no one except Max Waller and Roelof van der Merwe returned with good figures. Waller was brilliant at all stages and answered in affirmative whenever the skipper needed him to provide the team with a breakthrough. He returned with impressive figures of 4-0-18-3. However, in the 12 overs bowled by the bowlers other than Merwe and Waller, Somerset gave away 155 runs, leaving Somerset with a 204-run target to chase.
Somerset struggled to score against the Gloucs' bowlers and had it not been for the Will Smead, Somerset would have struggled to even get close to Gloucs' total. While the margin of Somerset was only 11-runs, Somerset were never in the game. They lost Babar Azam and Steve Davies both inside the powerplay with not many runs on the board and they always happened to be behind the eight-ball after that.
The only couple of positives that Somerset would draw from their defeat against Gloucestershire would be a brilliant performance by Will Smead, who scored 82 off 49, and Lewis Gregory's return to form with the bat. Considering the importance of the upcoming match as well as the from Glamorgan are in, Somerset would have to do a lot more than just rely on a couple of players. There are no doubts about Somerset's on-paper strength but it will all depend on how their batsmen fare against Glamorgan's bowlers. If Somerset's batsmen can perform to their potential, Glamorgan would certainly have a hard time getting past this power-packed lineup.
Will Smeed, Steven Davies, Babar Azam, TB Abell, Lewis Gregory, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, ORT Sale, MTC Waller, RE Van Der Merwe.
Check out the Dream11 fantasy team prediction for the upcoming Vitality T20 Blast match between Glamorgan and Somerset to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. Don't forget to check back the latest updated team right after the toss.
The upcoming match is a perfect setup between the two imperfect teams of the Central Group in the Vitality T20 Blast. They have both been very inconsistent in the tournament and handling the pressure well could be a key in the upcoming match. On paper, Somerset certainly have a better batting unit with potent hitters running right through. On the other hand, Glamorgan's spinners could come in handy like they were in their encounter against Northamptonshire. Considering that the surface is likely to be better suited for stroke-making could negate the spin advantage that Glamorgan might have. However, Glamorgan are playing at their home turf and will be better familiar with the conditions. Considering that and the fact that Glamorgan have a better bowling attack between the two teams, we think that Glamorgan are more likely to emerge on top in this upcoming fixture.
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