Will Glamorgan manage to get their first victory of the season?
Our Prediction is Glamorgan to win!
Glamorgan is still in search of their elusive maiden victory this season after 4 matches. Their last match against Kent was washed away with just 15 overs bowled and they got their first points courtesy of a No result. David Llyod and Graham Wagg are the only batsmen to score fifties this season with both notching up 2 fifties so far. The top three are struggling to find form and they are yet to put a score of at least 30+ runs till now. They have lost their first wicket inside three overs in all the matches they have played. No bowler has been consistent and is struggling to contain the batsmen. Merchant de Lange and Marnus Lambuschagne took three-wicket haul against Somerset and reduced them to just 261 runs. But they ended up squandering the chase and eventually lost by 2 runs.
Surrey team is also having a forgetful season with a lone win and three losses in their 4 outings so far. They need to get their campaign back on track before losing out in the qualification scenario. Their batsmen are struggling big time and every batsman failed last match bowling out for just 88 runs. No batsmen touched the 20 run mark and they were bundled out in just 24 overs. Ben Foakes has been the lone warrior with the bat with three fifties in four matches. Rory Burns and Will Jacks have a fifty to their name but are not consistent with the bat. Their bowlers have fared better and have not allowed any team to cross the 300 run mark so far in the tournament. Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran and Morne Morkel are all amongst the wickets column and form an excellent pace attack for the team. Liam Plunkett had a bad day at the "office" the last match and will be expected to come back to form next match.
Graham Wagg – Graham Wagg has more success with the bat than the ball this season. He has scored some vital scores of 68 and 62 coming into bat at No.8 position. He can bat a little higher up the batting order with this good form to give their team a good finish with the bat.
Merchant de Lange – De Lange has been carted for runs this season and he has taken for runs at an economy rate of over 10 RPO in the first two matches. He came back strongly with 3/46 in the third match and hope he continues his good form.
Stats from the season:
David Lloyd – 180 runs, Avg. – 60, HS-84, 50s-2
Merchant de Lange – 5 wickets, Bowl Avg. -39.4, Economy – 7.4 RPO, BB – 3/37
Graham Wagg, Timm van der Gugten, Chris Cooke (c & wk), Marchant de Lange, David Lloyd, Marnus Labuschagne, Charlie Hemphrey, Jeremy Lawlor, Billy Root, Lukas Carey, Kiran Carlson
Rory Burns – Burns had a good start to the season with scores of 49 and 55 in first two matches and now he has been dismissed for low scores in two back to back matches. He needs to return to form and score runs to help his team`s middle order.
Tom Curran – Curran has figures of 3/26 & 3/37 in last two matches and is bowling a good line and lengths consistently troubling the batsmen. Tom Curran will look to top notch with his bowling as the world cup approaching soon.
Stats from the season:
Ben Foakes – 228 runs, Avg. – 57, HS-82, 50s-3
Morne Morkel – 9 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 19.1, Economy – 4.8 RPO, BB – 4/23
Liam Plunkett, Rikki Clarke, Morne Morkel, Gareth Batty, Jamie Smith, Rory Burns (c), Mark Stoneman, Ben Foakes (wk), Tom Curran, Ollie Pope, Will Jacks
Cardiff pitch is expected to have a good balance between the bat and ball. This is one of the very few grounds where bowlers have something in the pitch to aid them. The average score in this pitch will be around 280 runs. Cardiff has rainy weather and it looks to interrupt the match anytime and it, in fact, abandoned the last match after just 15 overs.
Teams batting first have won both the matches here and the pitch seems to slow down as the match progresses so both teams will look to bat first here. The rain clouds at the start of the match may change the captain’s mindset regarding the toss decision.
Both the teams are struggling at the moment and yet to have a settled playing XI. Glamorgan has the experience of playing here and Surrey teams come here after a demoralizing loss the last match. So we expect Glamorgan to get their first win in their last home match at Cardiff.
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