About the Match
The bottom two teams, Kent and Surrey, climbed up the points table after their yesterday wins against Essex and Gloucs; Now they will battle against each other on the last day of league stage to lock their place in the quarters. Both the teams are confident and motivated from their last wins, will fight hard to be in the tournament as a loss in the match will take them out of the tournament.
Kent continued to languish at the bottom of the table until the thrilling win against Essex by 11 runs, which brought them to the 4th place in the points table of the south group; they’d have to continue to outperform their opponent in order to cement their place in the quarters.
In their previous after being put into bat by Essex; Kent smashed 221 runs, thanks to the world-record opening stand of 207 runs between Joe Daniel and Daniel Bell-Drummond; Although Essex fought well the match with skillful knock of 116 from Varun Chopra, Kent managed to sneak in an 18-runs win.
In the competition so far, both batting and bowling unit of Kent is doing well from the last few matches; they have lost a couple of matches which they could’ve won. A win from here would take them to the quarters and loss out of the tournament.
Sam Curran’s inspired burst kept Surrey alive for a clear passage through to the last eight with the spell of the season, by taking four wickets in nine balls without going for too many runs; which included the wickets of dangerous Michael Klinger, who was caught at mid-off, Phil Mustard, and Cameron Bancroft. They got bowled out on successive balls and after that with the wicket of Ian Cockbain, Curran’s completely ripped the middle order of Gloucestershire.
After strong show by the bowlers, the batsmen raced to the target of 131 runs. Their batting includes the likes of Jason Roy, Aaron Finch; who are also in prime form and have scored runs in their previous matches. Finch showed his extraordinary batting skills with unbeaten 114 runs in just 64 balls and Jason Roy puts up a 50 on the board before getting caught off Michael Beer.
Both the teams are equally good in all departments, but in terms of experience Surrey have an edge over Essex. So we will predict Surrey as the better team for this match.