About the Match
Surrey registered an emphatic win against Kent in the quarter-final clash last week by 17 runs to proceed to the semi-finals; they will now battle it against Nottinghamshire, who defeated Durham by 49 runs to make it here, on 7th September at The Oval. Although both matches were affected by rain, the teams did well to hold their nerves together and keep their campaign alive; they will definitely come out all guns blazing to move to the finals. Both sides have experienced players and match-winners who can turn the game in their favour to dominate the opposition; it needs to be seen which one of them succeeds to do so on Monday.
Jason Roy’s thunderous 112 off 116 helped them post 273 runs batting first against Kent in the qurter-finals; Rory Burns continued with his good form as he scored 42 vital runs to support the innings when players like Sangakkara, Davies and Foakes fell easy prey to the opposition. They will need to stabilize the innings either while setting a target or chasing one in the upcoming match.
On the bowling front, Tom Curran’s brilliant spell earned him figures of 3-22 from 7.4 overs while Sam and Ansari took 2 wickets each and helped the team win the match. Ansari’s all-rounder skills came to the team’s rescue earlier too as he scored 35 off 37 balls to help the team post a competitive total. Batty, Burke and Dernbach took a wicket each to stifle the opposition and they are in good form to do so yet again.
If the top order can click again and get the big runs at the start of the innings, then Surrey will definitely have the edge to dominate the Notts in this crucial game.
Alex Hales’ 62 off 54 and good support by Christian, Taylor and Wessels helped them score 170 runs in a rain-curtailed match that was reduced to 24 overs each side; with the pressure mounting on them to defend the target, Samit Patel kept his cool and claimed 4-11 in his 3-over spell to outwit the Durham batsmen. Mullaney was superb as he took 3 key wickets and along with Christian and Ball, they got the opponents all-out for 144 by the 22nd over itself.
The Notts have a strong batting line-up and in-form bowlers, who can give a tough fight to Surrey; with a good strategy in hand, this team will be a tough nut to crack.
The recent victory has certainly boosted their morale but they will be cautious against Surrey, which has done quite well to dominate its opponents and win crucial games; they have a well-balanced team of expert batsmen and wicket-takers, who can help the team surge forward with a win here.
Although Surrey has some big names who bring their expertise to the table, we feel that the Notts with their sharpness on the field and ability to bounce back from tough situations, will have the advantage to win this match and get to the finals.