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Another day, another match washed away by rain - such has been the story with many matches in the Vitality T20 Blast. With the hope that tomorrow will be a better day for Cricket, the affected teams will once again take the field, albeit against new opponents, in order to get as many points as possible.
Surrey is languishing at the bottom of the South Group ladder and would want to get a move on. Their next game is scheduled against Hampshire, who is coming off a terrific win over Essex Eagles. There isn't much difference between the two teams as far as the points on the board are concerned and the result of this upcoming match can shuffle things around in the points table. The two teams are set to meet at The Oval Cricket Ground, London, on 3rd September 2020.
Surrey endured a nightmarish campaign last year and it doesn't seems to be going in a different direction this year as well. It's been three matches for them and they are still winless. The only point they have came through a wash-out, which was in their first game. They have followed that wash-out with a couple of losses on the trot and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
On paper, Surrey is a side that has two very stylish batsmen available to its disposal. With Hashim Amla and Rory Burns, their batting lineup looks equipped to deal any bowling attack. They did pretty well with the bat in their game against Kent as well, only to be let down by their bowlers - yet again. On a difficult surface to bat on, Hashim Amla and Rory Burns contributed with a half-century each to take Surrey to a fighting total of 161.
While the Surrey bowlers were brilliant at the start, reducing Kent to 28 for 3, Gareth Batty quickly seemed to run out of options in the death-overs. Gus Atkinson, in particular, was wayward and gave away 29 runs in his two overs that allowed the Spitfires to stage a comeback. Daniel Moriarty, Gareth Batty, and Scott Borthwick were all excellent in the middle-overs as they gave away just 58 runs between them in nine overs and picked up five wickets.
The seamers who did an excellent job in the first few overs looked clueless against Heino Kuhn who played a calm knock to take the Spitfires to a superb win. There wasn't much that Surrey did wrong in their match against Kent. They have a decent team on-paper and have their batsmen doing fairly well. If they can improve their death bowling, they will certainly be in with a chance to rise up the ladder very quickly.
Will Jacks, Hashim Amla, Laurie Evans, Ben Foakes, Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Overton, Gareth Batty, Daniel Moriarty, R Topley.
Hampshire has had a reasonable start in the tournament, winning one and losing one. They are currently placed third on the points table and a win here should put them in strong contention to be at the top of the table, provided their win is big enough and other results go their way.
Hampshire got off to a lucky start in the tournament as their match against Kent was cut short and abandoned just before the necessary quota of five overs was completed. Kent was chasing a subpar total and got off to a flying start, but had to settle for a point shared with Hants. They weren't so lucky in their subsequent encounter as Sussex Sharks smashed them by six wickets in what happened to be a rather one-sided encounter. Hampshire, however, managed to get a win in their fixture, defeating the defending champions, and that win would have instilled a lot of belief among the players.
Bowling first on a slow surface, Sam Northeast marshaled his troops brilliantly as Hants never allowed the potent batting lineup of Essex to run away with the match. He made frequent changes and the bowlers responded to him by bowling in tight channels.
It was the middle stage of the match where Hampshire bowlers gained control of the match with spinners bowling in tandem. Mason Crane dismissed Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, and Dan Lawrence in the space of 12 runs as Hampshire strengthened their grip on the match. Once Crane was done with his spell, the other bowlers continued to bowl in tight channels as Hants eventually restricted Essex to a manageable score of 139.
It should have been a pretty straight-forward chase, but it was messed up by Hants' batsmen taking unnecessary risks. The Eagles' fielders were benevolent on Hampshire's batsmen as the fielders dropped George Munsey twice and Tom Alsop once when the two batsmen were at the start of their respective innings. The two batsmen partnered to score 51 runs together and that partnership laid the foundation for the Hants' win. Thanks to a cameo from Joe Weatherley and Ian Holland, Hampshire finally managed to get home with one ball to spare.
Even though Hampshire managed to register a win in their previous match, it was more because of a subpar performance by Essex. Hampshire looked sluggish and disinterested with the bat as not many of their batsmen looked in control of the shots they were playing. It, in fact, has been the case in all three innings that the Hants' has played in the tournament so far. Overall, Hampshire's bowling did an improved job against the Eagles, but their batting looked off-color. With competition likely to get more and more intense with every passing match, Hampshire's batsmen will have to pull up their socks and perform better.
Felix Organ, Tom Alsop, Sam Northeast, Joe Weatherley, Lewis McManus, James Fuller, Ian Holland, CP Wood, RA Stevenson, Mason Crane, Shaheen Afridi.
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It is the encounter between the two sides that have been far from flawless. In fact, both have exhibited a number of vulnerabilities, but Hampshire was a bit lucky to get a win against the Eagles. Surrey is languishing at the bottom of the group and will be desperate for a win. They have an experienced unit, which did well in their previous match, along with the home advantage. For those reasons, we think that betting on a Surrey win would be a better choice in this upcoming encounter.
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