About the Match
Only three points separate teams from the third position to the ninth position in the South Group and this why current positions in the table should not be taken too seriously. Surrey started the tournament well but has since slipped deeper and deeper into a seemingly never ending run of poor form while Sussex, who was bottom of the table not too long ago, is seeing a resurgence in its fortunes.
Surrey lost their last match against Somerset in a performance that was a perfect representation of their entire season so far. They played a team filled with international superstars, batted first and then failed to put up a decent total. Their bowlers then tried hard but just seemed to lack the ability required to defend low totals.
Just four wins from 11 matches, out of which 2 were washed out, is an extremely poor performance from easily the strongest team on paper in this entire competition.
Players like Jason Roy, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques all dominated T20 competitions around the world but have let Surry down this season. With 321 from 9 innings, Finch has been the highest scorer for Surrey but he only has two fifties to his name and that indicates a lot of starts that were squandered.
The fact remains that in T0 cricket a single player can easily win the game for his side and Surrey has plenty of players that can do that. Can one of their international superstars or domestic giants like Stoneman, the Curran brothers or Gareth Batty step up when it's most required?
The bowling for Surrey has been consistent but there is clearly a lot of work that is ahead of Tom Curran, Sam Curran, and Rikki Clarke before they are ready to step up to the international level.
The reason behind the rise of the Sussex Sharks at this late stage in the competition has been their bowling attack. Chris Jordan, David Wiese, Jofra Archer and Danny Briggs were all excellent for their team in the last match against Gloucestershire keeping them to only 138 and thus allowing their batsmen to chase it down easily.
It is often said that T20 is a batsman's game but with a strong bowling attack capable of delivering Yorkers consistently and roughing up the batsmen with genuine pace, Sussex is proving that bowlers can win you games consistently as well.
It also helps that Sussex has an inform Chris Nash and Luke Wright at the top of the order to help them score runs as well. Nash is nearing 400 runs for the tournament and while none of the others have reached 200 yet, it's difficult to keep players like Wright quiet for too long.
The Sharks need to continue what they have been doing so well in this game and hope that none of Surrey’s superstars have a great day.
Pitch and Conditions
London is expected to have a clear and sunny day which is excellent for cricket. The pitch at the Oval is one of the best for batting with true bounce but the Sussex bowlers will also enjoy the carry by bending their backs.
Sussex to wi