About the Match
A top of the table clash as the current leaders of the South Group, Glamorgan, take on the second placed team, Surrey, in a match that will help the winner put some distance between themselves and the trailing pack.
With both sides packed with some of the most exciting T20 talent in the world, the spectators could be in for a real special game.
The toughest part for Glamorgan in this year’s tournament has been actually getting into the rhythm of playing matches. They have three abandoned games out of their seven and the last complete game that they played in was almost two weeks ago.
That game though was made special by a blistering century by Colin Ingram, his second of the competition, as he led Glamorgan to a fantastic victory against Essex.
Ingram, David Miller, and Jacques Rudolph form the spine of this batting unit with support from Lloyd, Cooke, and others.
Their only weakness seems to be an inability stem the fall of wickets when they do lose a couple of batsmen early leading to spectacular collapses. Glamorgan has not been the finals day since 2004, but we believe that this team has the necessary firepower to change that around this time.
Glamorgan has depended upon five bowlers primarily for the most of their matches led by Merchant de Lange. The tall South African’s extra pace and bounce make him a very difficult prospect to face while Hogen, Ingram, van der Guten and Wagg also pose a challenge to the batsmen.
The lack of a standout spinner is a weakness, though.
Reports indicate that Kevin Pietersen will be unavailable for this match because of the injury he picked up against Middlesex and that is a big blow to Surrey. Of course, in Jason Roy, Aaron Finch, and Kumar Sangakkara, Surrey has more than enough international talent to fall back upon.
We have a feeling that Aaron Finch is about to hit a really big score very soon in this tournament and add to his 249 runs with 12 sixes. The Aussie is also scoring these runs at a strike rate of 173.35.
His partnership with Jason Roy does not give any respite to the bowlers and can, in fact, take the game away very quickly. Roy only has 120 runs in the tournament so far with one fifty and only two sixes. For a man with the fearsome reputation he has earned, these are poor returns and he could rectify that in the matches to come.
Surrey has also been helped greatly by the presence of the two Currans in their team. Sam is the more accomplished batsmen of the two, scoring some crucial runs in the lower middle order while Tom is currently the leading wicket taker of the side with 9 scalps to his name.
What is also remarkable is both of their abilities to come good under pressure situations.
Surrey may be near the top of the table but they are far from playing their best cricket and that is something that should scare the opposition.
Pitch and Conditions
A rainy day is forecast for the match day and Glamorgan may well continue to cool its heels. We can hope that the weather will let up enough for a T20 match to be played but that may be being overly optimistic.
Surrey to wi