About the Match
Winning their opening match against Essex on the first day of the NatWest T20 series, Surrey has given itself a morale boost and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum when they host Glamorgan on 26th May at The Oval. Batting first, Surrey posted a competitive total of 170 runs against Essex and the bowlers successfully defended it winning the match by 8 runs. Glamorgan has a promising team with good batsmen and powerful bowlers; with a combination of domestic talent and overseas performers, they will try to overcome Surrey in their own backyard.
Azhar Mohammad showcased his all-rounder skills as he came at No.7 and posted 42 off 22, the highest in the innings, to help take the scoreboard to 170; he then registered figures of 4-38 to stifle the opponents. Earlier, Sangakkara did well as he score 32 from just 16 balls but fell easy prey to Quinn. Tom Curran and Jason Roy contributed with runs but others like Steven Davies, Rory Burns and Gary Wilson got out for single digits. The bowlers Tom and Sam Curran took 5 wickets between them while Batty took the wicket of the in-form Westley to squad the opposition’s chase.
Victory in the first match has surely done a lot good for the team morale and the bowlers will be pumped up about delivering again here at home. Their top and middle-order folded easily in the game against Essex only to be rescued by late-order batsmen which will be a cause of concern. The top and middle order batsmen must try to come out all guns blazing and improve their chances of winning the match.
The batting line-up has strong players like Sangakkara, Roy, Davies, Sam Curran, all-rounders Mohammad and Tom Curran; with Azhar Mahmood being in top form and the Curran brothers being economical and effective with their wicket-taking abilities, Surrey surely look a tough side to deal with provided they do well on the field.
The combination of Dale Steyn and Shaun Tait in the bowling squad will surely cause some worry for the opposition here; Andrew Salter, Dean Cosker, Kierab Bull, David Lloyd and all-rounder Colin Ingram will provide the variations with their spin bowling. Will Owen, Timmy van der Gugten, Dewi Jones, Harry Podmore and Aussie fast bowler Michael Hogan are here to provide depth to the pace attack; they will be eager to come out firing from all cylinders to help the team win matches.
The batting line-up has Jacques Rudolph, the overseas captain of the team, Colin Ingram, Chris Cooke, Nick Selman from down under, James Kettleborough, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede and players from Wales like Jeremy Lawlor, Mark Wallace, Will Bragg, David Lloyd and Jack Murphy. They must focus on building a strong foundation whether batting first or during chase by playing cautiously against the in-form bowling attack of Surrey.
They have a well-balanced team of experienced batsmen and bowlers; Steyn and Tait bring added advantage to the bowling attack but the batsmen must do well in order to give the bowlers a fighting chance here at the Oval.
Glamorgan are starting their campaign with this match and starting on a winning note will be key. They surely have match-winner bowlers in their team in Dale Steyn and Shaun Tait, but their batting looks a little lighter as compared to that of Surrey; they will, however, put up a fierce fight here but we feel that Surrey is quite upbeat with its recent win and they will make the best use of the home advantage to pull off another victory on Thursday