About the Match
Surrey is better placed against Glamorgan at present with respect to the points scored so far, having 12 points from 6 wins from 9 matches played whereas Glamorgan has played 10 matches but scored only 11 points with only 4 wins. The two teams have met earlier at Cardiff with a win for Surrey by 17 runs, and now they play each other on 12th July IST at Kennington Oval. Will the Glamorgans be able to come out of their psychological complexes and register a win at Lords to overtake Surrey or succumb to pressure, is something that needs to be seen. In their match against Middlesex on 3rd Jul, which they won by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare, the Glamorgans have surely demonstrated their strengths and winning ways, which they would need to continue in the upcoming contest too.
Roy is a consistent opener, whether he combined with Amla or Dilshan, he has been giving a good start to their innings, which has been helping the team in building a challenging total and setting a target or while chasing irrespective of the size. Against the Glamorgans, when they played earlier on 20th June, Roy and Amla made 49 in 5.3 overs and with a superb 55 off 46 balls by Amla and 40 off 22 by O’Brien the team set a target of 165 losing only 5 wickets. Curran was the star of their win by 17 runs, who claimed 3 wickets with Dernbach, Azhar, Peterson and Batty sharing other wickets. Azhar was the performer with the ball against Hampshire on 27th June at Oval with 3 wickets, with Dilshan, Tremlett, Peterson, Batty and Ansari sharing the remaining wickets, restricting Hampshire to 131, which Surrey won by 8 wickets with 36 balls to spare; Again, Roy and Dilshan opened and put up 78 for the 1st wicket in the chase, and Roy went on to score 63 off 25 balls. They lost to Essex on 4th Jul by 5 wickets after setting a target of 165 for 4.
Ineffective bowling allowed the opposing Surrey batsmen to dominate and early loss of opener Rudolph with no score on board in the chase against Surrey on 20th June was the cause for their defeat, in spite of a commendable knock of 52 off 42 balls by Allenby. Rudolph again scored only 5 off 12 balls when he opened with Allenby on 25th June at Cardiff against Hampshire and losing 6 wickets they failed to get 170 by 6 runs, though Allenby, Wallace, Cooke and Sammy played well. Though their bowlers could not control the Middlesex team in scoring 184 for 3 on 3rd July at Richmond, Allenby smashed a century in 63 balls in shaping the win by 6wickets with 3 balls to spare, this time Rudolph also contributing 42 off 35 balls opening with Allenby, who is proving to be the backbone of the team.
The form and demonstrated performance of the players of both sides are equally matched however Surrey must be able to register a comfortable win in the present match.
Surrey, 1.50 @ Titan Bet