About the Match
The last quarter-final f the NatWest T20 Blast 2017 is going to be played between Surrey and Warwickshire, two teams that are not the fondest of each other. This promises to be an interesting clash between two inconsistent teams that were unsure of their place in the knockouts till their last match and with players that have skipped over the other side. No quarter will be given.
If there is one team whose form was indicative of the unpredictable nature of the league itself then it was Surrey. They swung from looking impregnable to being down and out only to get back up again, fight and then stumble once more.
In the end, though, their big stars stood up and they made it to the quarter-final with a home fixture to boot. Let us start with some of the superstars in their lineup. Jason Roy and Aaron Finch are world class T20 batsmen that have hit form at just the right time.
Roy scored his highest score of the tournament, 78, in the last match against Kent, while Finch had a crucial century to his name not too far back either. With 450 runs to his name, Finch has been the best batsman for Surrey by far and will look to take the game to the Birmingham Bears for sure.
Following them will be Moises Henriques, another excellent T20 player who has not quite got started in the tournament up until now. He only has 139 runs to his name but is still a player to be taken very seriously.
The middle order of Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes, and Sam Curran looks a little suspect and this is where the defection of Dom Sibley to the Bears will hurt them
On the plus side though they have Riki Clarke, who came over from the Bears, and immediately started taking wickets. His 4 wickets in the last match should ensure a place in the starting 11. Clarke, Dernbach, San Curran and Gareth Batty will be the bowlers most likely to lead the charge against Birmingham.
The Birmingham Bears decided to move past Ian Bell in a decision that forced their younger batsmen to take more responsibility. The result was an increased scoring rate and more impetus through the innings.
Pollock, the newly defected Sibley, Hose, and Hain have all been in excellent form. With de Grandhomme as the enforcer who can shift anywhere in the batting order and Grant Elliot to provide the rearguard of necessary, the Birmingham batting has a real menacing look around it.
The Surrey bowlers have found it difficult to keep the runs down this season and they will have another tough task against Birmingham.
It will be interesting to see the crowd and maybe even the players react when Dom Sibley takes the crease for Birmingham. It could either intimidate Sibley or motivate him to do something special.
Jeetan Patel had a quite last game against Lancashire as he went for 9 runs an over and did not take a wicket. Over the course of the tournament though, he has now taken 19 wickets at an economy of 6.67 and will be the biggest threat to this batting lineup.
His slow off spin, though, will be up against two of the biggest hitters in world cricket. That contest could decide the game right up front.
Supporting Patel will be Poysden, who has had a decent couple of games, Grant Elliot, Dom Sibley and Ollie Stone.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the oval will be flat and excellent for batting. The weather is also expected to hold up and remain dry for the duration of the match. Expect a high scoring, close fought match.
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