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Toss Winner - Kent won the toss and chose to bat first
Somerset beat Kent by 8 wickets
Will defending champions start their campaign with a win against Somerset?
We predict that Somerset will defeat Kent.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Kent will face Somerset in the first match of the Vitality Blasts 2022 which will be played on 25th May at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. Both the teams were in the final of the last season where Kent had emerged victorious against Somerset. Now Kent are all set to start this new season as a defending champion
Kent had finished the last season as a topper in the points table of the South group whereas Somerset were at the2nd spot in the same group. With 9 wins in 14 matches, Kent had claimed 19 points during the last season and Somerset could manage to put up 18 points with 8 wins in 14 games.
Both the teams are looking strong on the paper this season and will try to continue their campaign this season where they left off. Both of them have added a few new faces to their squads and it will be a big test coming up for team management to utilize the team’s strength properly ahead of this big opener.
Defending Champions; Kent are starting their campaign of the new season on 25th May and they will face Somerset in the first fixture of the Vitality Blast 2022. Somerset were the team that played the final of the last season against Kent, so it will be a tough task for Kent to tackle the challenge of Somerset.
Kent faced Somerset 3 times in the last season where they had been defeated twice in the league stage but Kent could manage to take revenge in the Final of the season to claim the title. In the first league match of the previous season, Kent’s batters failed to handle Somerset's pace attack while chasing the target of 205 whereas, in the second match, Kent were thrashed by Somerset’s batsmen to claim a huge 10 wickets win.
In the final match of the season, Kent had shown a brilliant bowling display against Somerset to restrict them to just 142 runs while chasing a target of 168 runs. Joe Denly (3 wickets for 31 runs) and Qais Ahmed (2 wickets for 19 runs), both had bowled match-changing spells to help their team to register a comfortable victory in the race for the title.
The current squad of Kent for the new season is also looking balanced and they will try to execute their plans well on the ground under the captaincy of in-formed Sam Billings who had a brilliant IPL this year. They will try to continue their winning streak against Somerset in this first fixture of the season.
Key players for Kent:
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joe Denly, Sam Billings, Fred Klaassen
Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Sam Billings(c/wk), Alex Blake, Grant Stewart, Jack Leaning, Matt Milnes, Tim Groenewald, Fred Klaassen, Qais Ahmed.
Zak Crawley, George Linde, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Qais Ahmad, Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning
The runners-up of the Vitality Blasts 2021; Somerset will start their season on a positive note with the help of the learnings of the last season. They will face Kent in the first fixture on 25th May 2022 at Canterbury which is a home ground for Kent.
Somerset had completely dominated Kent in the group stage of the last season with the help of their power-packed batting unit. In the first match they played against Kent, Tom Abell had scored a quick 68 runs from 33 balls to put 204 runs on the board where they managed to win that game by 47 runs.
In the next match against the same opponent, they chased down a target of 169 runs without losing a single wicket. Tom Banton had scored a brilliant hundred and helped his team to claim points with 107 runs in just 51 balls. Captain; Lewis Gregory was also the key bowler in that match who picked up 4 wickets for just 21 runs in 4 overs.
Though Somerset dominated in the league stage, they couldn’t manage to continue that in the final where they failed to chase down the target of 168 runs. They will try to take revenge on last year’s final in Kent’s backyard when they face Kent in the first fixture of this new season.
Key players for Somerset:
Tom Banton, Lewis Goldsworthy, Craig Overton, M de Lange.
Tom Banton (wk), Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Abell, Will Smeed, Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory(c), Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Ben Green, Josh Davey, M de Lange.
RR Rossouw, Tom Lammonby, Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Thomas Abell, Josh Davey, RE Van Der Merwe, Will Smeed, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Banton
The weather will be cloudy on match day, with a 20-30% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 16°C - 9°C range.
St Lawrence Ground from Canterbury will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 15000 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This ground has conducted only 4 ODIs matches so far but is mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers. But here the general trend is a captain prefers to chase in the limited-overs format.
At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
Both teams are looking strong this season and had a good last season as well. As far as the batting unit is concerned, Somerset have an upper hand in terms of batting depth over Kent. Kent have a decent bowling attack but it will be a big test of Kent’s pace attack against Somerset’s experienced batting lineup. Despite the batting strength of Somerset, both teams are looking neck to neck ahead of this fixture.
We predict that Somerset will defeat Kent.
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