About the Match
Surrey has all the money to splash on superstars from around the world and the domestic T20 circuit, however, that has not always translated into titles for them. They started off with a tense win against Essex and will look to continue their form against Somerset who is just starting their campaign.
A star-studded Surrey team just managed to get past Essex in their opening match thanks to some excellent death over bowling from Tom Curran in the end. A win is a win, however, Surrey would know that they escaped by the skin of their teeth in that one.
This next encounter against Somerset should be a little easier although they are not going to be any pushovers either.
With Jason Roy and Aaron Finch as their opening batsmen, Surrey has quite likely the strongest opening batting combination of any side. Mark Stoneman following these two also had an excellent season last time around while both Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley are very capable batsmen in their own right. Kevin Pieterson and Kumar Sangakkara are expected to miss out at least a couple of more matches.
This leaves the hugely impressive Curran brothers to come in and make their mark whenever they get the opportunity making the Surrey T20 side an extremely strong and well-balanced side.
The bowling is no slouch either with the Curran brothers, Scott Borthwick, Ravi Rampaul and Jade Dernabach at their disposal.
Surrey clearly has the talent to win this competition but they need to come together as a team and deliver when it counts most.
The Somerset team lead by Jim Allenby has a very capable batting lineup but it may struggle to compete with other teams in the bowling department. With Corey Anderson and Roelof van der Merwe as their overseas players, Somerset has a couple of very useful players that can contribute in both aspects of the game without being good enough to be called genuine all-rounders.
Somerset supporters will be hoping that their good 50 over form will spill over onto the shortest format of the game, however, that is far from certain. Johann Myburgh will start at the top of the order for Somerset and go hard at everything that comes his way but he does not have the class of Roy and Finch in the opposition.
The bowling for Somerset will have to outperform expectations if they are to have any chance in this competition.
We don’t rate Somerset too highly in this format of the game but they cannot be ruled out either. To be blunt, for Somerset to win Surrey would need to have a very bad day.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Oval is an absolute belter and the facilities can be expected to be top class. We think a high scoring game is in the offing provided the weather holds up. Speaking of the weather, the current forecast is for some rain to be around although the beautiful summer hitting the UK right now may win out and allow a full game to take place.
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