About the Match
Cricket is a game of uncertainty, and T20 is even more so. Having said that, the results of Natwest T20 blasts have gone as everyone expected them to be. Next game in line is Middlesex taking on Surrey in an important match as far as points table is concerned. In the South Group, Surrey is riding high with two wins in two games and is placed second on the table. A loss here for them will not affect their position but a win will take them to numero uno position in the points table. A win for Middlesex will propel them ahead of Kent at the third position in the points table.
Middlesex's first match in the competition was the inaugural match of the competition as well and it was a treat to watch for the crowd. In a seesaw battle against Gloucestershire, Middlesex managed to cling on to a draw when the chips were down.
Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Middlesex restricted Gloucestershire to an 180 run total which was a modest score on that ground, but a defendable total by T20 standards. Tom Helm and Nathan Sowler were impressive as they both picked up one wicket each giving away 24 and 28 runs respectively.
Their batting looked out of touch right from the outset, but magical innings from Ryan Higgins of 68 runs from just 28 deliveries turned the game upside down. With just a single required off the last ball, Nathan Sowler lost his nerves and gave his wicket away. Middlesex will be hoping for skipper Morgan to carry his form in the domestic season as well and if he gets going, it could be a long day in the field for Surrey.
Unlike Middlesex, Surrey has had a bright start to the tournament. They've won two games out of the two matches they've played, both of the wins being last ball finish. They won their game by 2 runs against Essex and the margin of their win was doubled in their next game
Tom Curran has been spectacular for them so far and much will rest on his shoulders as far as bowling department is concerned. He was adjudged man of the match in both the games. The opening pair of Aaron Finch and Jason Roy is the one of the best in the world, capable of destroying any bowling attack. With the likes of Mark Stoneman and Rory Burns in the middle order, they have an extremely strong batting lineup.
Surrey has an extremely well-balanced team with an excellent amalgamation of youth and experience. Going by the form their batsmen and bowlers are in, it would be tough for any team to get past them.
With a strong batting lineup which has delivered in both the matches up till now perform and a strong bowling lineup led by Tom Curran Surrey looks all set to register their first win of the competition