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Toss Winner - Kent won the toss and chose to bowl first
Somerset beat Kent by 47 runs
Winless Somerset to battle Unbeaten Kent in South Group
We predict that Kent will defeat Somerset.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
On June 15th, The table-toppers of South group Kents will be travelling to The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton to play their fourth game of this season against Somerset. The 27th match of the T20 Blast 2021 season will kick off at 6:30 pm local time.
Kent are having a fabulous season. They have won all their games played so far. They beat Hampshire by 38 runs followed by a victory over Middlesex by 16 runs. They were almost on the verge of getting beaten in their 3rd game of the season against Gloucestershire. Batting first Kent put a total of 183 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with the help of their middle-order batsman Jack Leaning’s unbeaten 81 runs in 51 balls. Chasing 184, Gloucestershire needed 9 runs in the last over. But Fred Klassen gave only 3 runs and took 2 wickets in the final over to help Kent win by 5 runs.
Somerset haven’t won a single game this season and are currently sitting on the second last place of the points table based on net run rate. In both games, they couldn’t defend high-scoring targets of 188 and 186 runs. In 16 T20 matches between these two, Kent have put a dominating performance by winning 12 times. In fact, Spitfires were on the winning streak of 11 matches since 2014. In the last game played between these teams, Somerset successfully defended a target of 207 runs by bowling out Kent on 151 runs in 18.3 overs. Opener Tom Banton scored a 52 ball century in this game while Kent Overton took 3 wickets to help Somerset win by 55 runs.
All is not well in Somerset camp. In their opening game, they were 62 for 0 in 3.4 overs. But they lost 3 wickets in next for deliveries. While in the second game, their openers couldn’t provide a perfect start. Somerset has scored 185 runs and 187 runs in their first two games respectively. But the bowling unit has unable to defend the big total set by the batting side. Therefore skipper Tom Abell will be looking to make few changes in tomorrow’s game.
Looks like Max waller is having a bad season with the ball as he has given 71 runs in 5 overs so far and is been wicketless. Josh Davey and Marchant de Lange are the only successful bowlers with 5 and 4 wickets in 2 games respectively. But both are going for around 10 runs in an over. The Somerset might look to bat second this time if they decide to go ahead with the same team.
Key Players: Tom Banton, James Hildreth, Tom Abell (C), Josh Davey
Tom Abell (C), Josh Davey, Tom Banton, James Hildreth, Will Smeed, Eddie Byrom, Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, Marchant de Lange, Jack Brooks, Max Waller.
Marchant de Lange, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Tom Abell, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller, Will Smeed, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Banton, James Hildreth
Kent will go unchanged for their fourth game of the season. Skipper Daniel Bell-Drummond has scored 108 runs in the last three games including a fifty against Gloucestershire while opening with Joe Denly. Denly and another top-order batsman Ollie Robinson are somehow not consistent. After scoring 40 plus runs in the first game, both have not contributed much with the bat for Kent.
Kent’s middle-order has been pumped up with the presence of Jack Leaning who has scored back-to-back fifties for Kent. Leaning is currently fourth in the most run scorer list with 146 runs in 3 matches at an average of 73.00 and a strike rate of 152.08. Jordan Cox has successfully taken the role of the helper to Leaning.
Fred Klaassen is leading the pack of the pacers. He has taken 7 wickets so far at an economy of 7.75 and is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker of this season. Darren Stevens has also helped the Kent team with 5 wickets at 7.09 runs per over. But the last game has given Kent a scary moment as Gloucestershire came close to break their run. The calculated risk of going with the same team can prove costly in such a scenario.
Key Players: Jack Leaning, Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Fred Klaassen
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, Ollie Robinson, Jordan Cox, Jor Denly, Matt Milnes, Grant Stewart, Darren Stevens, James Logan, Alex Blake.
Zak Crawley, Darren Stevens, Grant Stewart, Matt Milnes, Joe Denly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Fred Klaassen, Jack Leaning, Qais Ahmad
The pitch has become batsman’s paradise for the last few seasons. The pitch also assists swing and seam bowling in the early stages of the game. The weather will be partly cloudy throughout the day The temperature will vary between 24°C to 10°C. No rain is expected. The wind will be blowing at 9 km/h.
The venue for this match is The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. It has a capacity of 6,000 spectators. Established in 1882, has already hosted 1 Test, 12 ODIs, and 5 T20Is. In 2006, Taunton ground became the home of the English women’s Cricket
It’s a batting wicket. In 46 domestic T20 matches played here, the team batting first has won 24 times. The average score of 1st innings is 175. However, in the last three matches, the teams batting second have successfully chased the high-scoring targets. Therefore, the team winning the toss should bowl first.
The past history and current form are all in favour of Kent. With 12 wins in 16 encounters against Somerset and an unbeaten streak this season, it looks like Kent will overpower Somerset to add another win in their unbeaten streak. A Tom Banton whirlwind can only come to the rescue of Somerset.
We predict that Kent will defeat Somerset.
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