About the Match
Two dramatic climaxes in the quarter-finals and we have the teams for the 1st Semi-Final of the Royal London ODI Cup; Yorkshire and Surrey registered emphatic wins to make it through and will now take on each other in the knock-out to be played on 28th August at Leeds. While the Yorks defeated Kent by defending 256 runs in a superb bowling effort, Surrey batsmen chased down a target of 277 in the nick of time to win the match by 1 wicket. Both teams have done very well to keep their campaign alive and will leave no stone unturned to emerge victorious on Sunday.
A superb effort by paceman Liam Plunkett, who took 4-52 against Kent while defending 256, saw the Yorks pull of a thrilling win by 11 runs in the quarter-final match; he was well assisted by David Willey, who performed well despite injury and took 3-34 in 9 overs. Speedster Steven Patterson and spinner Adil Rashid kept the pressure on Kent batsmen by taking 3 wickets between them and help the team overcome the challenge.
Earlier, the batting line-up saw sparks of good batting with opener Adam Lyth building the foundation with 88 off 96; Joe Root and Gary Balance continued the good efforts by contributing with 45 and 37 runs respectively while Rashid’s all-rounder skills helped them post 256 runs. Others like Lees, Bairstow, Bresnan and Willey couldn’t impress much but they can play a useful hand here.
Overall, with an in-form bowling attack that has a balance between pace and spin, Yorks can try to stifle the Surrey batting line-up; the batsmen too can put their best foot forward to post a challenging total or chase down with ease.
Sangakkara proved his excellent batting skills and experience in the crucial match against the Northants as he posted a brilliant unbeaten 130 off 145 to help the team chase down 277 runs well in time, with no balls to spare. While he received support from Jason Roy, who posted 42 runs, and some effort by Sam Curran down the order, the others fell easy prey to spin and pace alike. Batsmen like Steven Davies and Rory Burns couldn’t impress much but they can be strong assets in the upcoming match.
The bowling department did well as speedster Jade Dernbach registered an excellent figure of 4-39 in his 10-over spell; other fast-bowlers like Tim and Sam Curran, Meaker and Burke took regular wickets to stifle the opponents and they can put up a disciplined attack against Yorks too.
While the batting line-up has stalwarts like Sangakkara, the bowling also looks to be in good shape to thwart the efforts of Yorkshire batsmen. They definitely have in-form resources who can put up a strong fight and help keep the team’s hopes alive here.
Both teams have powerful batsmen and bowlers, who can help their side dominate on the field; however, the team that can do well in all departments will be better placed to win. While Surrey kept its nerves together to get here and can repeat the winning magic again, we feel Yorkshire has better performing all-rounders, making them clear favorites to win this match on Sunday