About the Match
The 3-month long prestigious NatWest T20 Blast tournament is drawing to a close with the Semifinals and Final matches scheduled on the same day on 23rd Aug 2014 at Birmingham, the first semifinal being played between Surrey and Warwickshire. Both teams have qualified to this stage from different divisions and hence have not met earlier in the tournament but both possess the required talent and determination to raise the level of the game to make it an interesting clash. It is a do-or-die situation and the performer on the particular day will succeed in reaching the finals.
Roy was a consistent performer for Surrey, opening the innings with Amla in the initial stages and then continuing to play a key role in building good partnership with Davies in most matches. Dilshan joined in and maintained the team’s reputation; Pietersen too contributed in the later stages of the tournament though it did not matter much in strengthening the batting line up. Burns, Mahmood, Wilson, Peterson and Dernbach in the middle order do well in maintaining the tempo built initially by the top order and their habit of rotating strikes and confidence helps the team build a healthy score against most of the opponents. Dunn performs well as a strike bowler with Ansari and Azhar Mahmood; most of these bowlers play a crucial role as all-rounders to make a comeback in batting if the top have suffered a setback. They are good chasers as proved in their 9 wins in league stage of which 6 were while chasing, the highest being 155 against Kent and of the 3 wins in defending, the lowest was 157 against Gloucestershire. Their only loss while chasing has been 175 against Kent and the lowest while defending was 151 against Essex who topped the division in league stages; they have defeated Hampshire successfully chasing 131 and will surely try to emerge victorious here with their heroics.
The reliable and consistent openers Porterfield and Chopra have been generally giving very good starts in most of the matches and a very tall score of 197 was set as a target in the quarter finals against Essex wherein Chopra played lead role in firstly setting an opening partnership of 61 with Porterfield and then adding 63 for the 3rd wicket with Clarke remaining unbeaten. The team defended this total very well by restricting the opponent to just 178 and won the match by 19 runs in which Rankin played a lead role with 3 wickets while Gordon claimed 2 with other bowlers Clarke, Patel and Javid playing a supporting role in not allowing the opponents to take liberties. Their success and defeats while chasing or defending has almost been the same, with the lowest defended score being 156 against Notts and losing to Derbyshire while defending their highest total of 189. The team can cause quite a few upsets with its talented set of players and they will definitely put their best foot forward going in on Saturday.
If consistency, team work and determination are the major indicators, then irrespective of the situation they face against Warwickshire, Surrey should be able to win the match comfortably.
Surrey, 1.72 @ Bet365