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A very exciting match between Surrey and Somerset lies in prospect for us as two sides that are among the favorites to qualify from the South Group slug it out. Surrey has been bolstered by the return of its international superstars and is a completely different kettle of fish from the side that started the tournament. Somerset also seems to have gotten past some of its hiccups and has registered three wins out of its five matches.
Can Somerset continue its impressive run against a power-packed Surrey or will Finch and Co. just run them over?
Rain intervened at just the wrong time for Surrey in its last match against Kent. The side ended up scoring an astonishing 250 before the rain came and did not allow Kent to bat at all. This meant that the match was a no-result and the points were shared equally by both teams.
Considering the fact that Kent is the table topper right now and that any team would have struggled to chase 250, Surrey can count itself very unfortunate.
The batting performance from that game and a couple of ones prior to that should give SUrrye plenty of hope. Aaron Finch has started the tournament in belligerent style and already has 272 runs from just three innings.
This includes 15 sixes and a strike rate of 181.33 across the three matches. His presence makes the Surrey team very difficult to beat and he could end up setting multiple Vitality Blast records if he continues to play like this.
Finch and his opening partnership with Rory Burns are going to be crucial for Surrey in this match. Surrey will also be pleased that Nic Maddinson started to hit some form alongside other class performers such as Ben Foakes, Rikki Clarke, and Ollie Pope. Sam Curran down the order is also a genuine all-rounder that can contribute in all aspects of the game.
The bowling side is currently well balanced with Sam Curran, Borthwick, Pillans, Batty, and Dernbach in the side although Surrey will be hoping that To Curran can make a comeback into the side quickly. In current form, Surrey is one side that other teams will want to avoid.
Aaron Finch, JJ Roy, Nic Maddinson, Ben Foakes, Ollie Pope, Rikki Clarke, Sam Curran, MW Pillans, Tom Curran, Gareth Batty, Jade Dernbach.
Two confident wins in the last two wins have put Somerset in a good place coming into this important match. Somerset knows that Surrey is going to be one of the teams that it will be competing with for a playoff spot. The players will have to be at their best to stop Surrey but will know that it can certainly be done.
The matchup against Surrey is a little bit tricky for Somerset. The team has depended on its batting to win it matches, often compensating for flaws in its bowling side. Out-batting a side like Surrey, though, might be difficult and so it is imperative that Somerset’s bowlers have a good day as well.
Looking at the list of bowlers for Somerset, one name appears to jump out as a potential counter for Finch. Roelof van der Merwe relishes tough situations and bowling in the powerplay. Finch is certain to go after spinners and that is where the opportunity to pick up his wicket lies as well.
Van der Merwe is giving away runs at an economy rate of just over 7.00 and has picked up five wickets as well. He is easily the most impressive T20 bowler in the Somerset side. Along with van der Merwe, the Overton’s will also have a huge role to play in containing this Surrey batting unit.
It is not like Somerset cannot compete on the batting front at all either. They have an in-form Corey Anderson, well capable of destroying attacks, James Hildreth who has two fifties and two ducks in his five matches, and Peter Trego in their lineup.
Trego and Myburgh have not yet hit top gear but they are both excellent T20 players that Surrey will be wary of.
Somerset has made it a habit of performing beyond the sum of its parts and is one of the most reliably consistent sides in T20 cricket. Whether they will be able to pull this one off is a little dicey, though.
SM Davies, JG Myburgh, PD Trego, JC Hildreth, TB Abell, Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory, RE Van Der Merwe, Jamie Overton, MTC Waller, Jerome Taylor.
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The weather forecast in London is for a sunny day with some clouds around later. The chance of rain has been forecast to be around 20% so we should be fine and get a full match in. The Oval has been a batting paradise for a long time, like most other grounds in England, and there will be little to no grass on the surface.
Surrey knows it has the batting to obliterate other teams so a featherbed suiting the home team will be prepared. A score of around 180 should be considered par.
Surrey has the stronger batting and the better quality bowling in this contest.
Back Surrey to win.