Second ranker Surrey will lock horns against one of the bottom-rankers Essex Eagles in a South Group encounter on Monday.
We predict that Surrey will defeat Essex.
Last year’s South-Group table-toppers Surrey are yet again in top-form right from the beginning of this season. From the five outings, they won 3 matches, while 2 of their games were washed out. Against one of the weakest performers in this tournament i.e. the Essex Eagles, Surrey look confident and strong thanks to talented batsmen like Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Jason Roy and sensational left-arm spinner Daniel Moriarty.
Essex Eagles on the other hand managed just one victory out of five Vitality Blast 2021 games, which was from their inaugural game against Somerset. They lost to Hampshire, Glamorgan, Sussex while their clash against Gloucestershire was abandoned without a ball bowled. It would be very difficult for them to bounce back from here against top-performers like Surrey.
Surrey started the season with a bang, scoring 223 runs in the game against Middlesex thanks to Will Jacks’ remarkable innings of 24-balls 70 and Sam Curran’s splendid spell of 4-for. Next, they defeated Somerset comfortably by 7 wickets chasing down 188 due to the superb batting display by Sam Curran (72 off 36). Against Glamorgan, Moriarty took 3 for 26 in his four overs while Jason Roy led the side to the comfortable run-chase of 167, supported well by Laurie Evans for his 39 off 26 balls.
Surrey hope for better weather conditions on Monday at the Kennington Oval after two washed-out matches as they are likely to bag two easy points here against Essex. Had it not rained, the match against the table-toppers Sussex could have been a close fight, but they sure missed the opportunity to claim two points against Hampshire at home on Friday.
Laurie Evans is in great touch, with 480 runs in his last 11 innings, with an average of 40.00. Will Jacks scored more than 430 runs in his last 16 innings at an average of 36.25. Moriarty is the key bowler for Surrey, as he has 21 wickets in the last 16 games, which he claimed at an average of 18.28.
Key Players: Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Dan Moriarty
Gareth Batty (c), Will Jacks, Hashim Amla, Jamie Smith (wk), Rikki Clarke, Jamie Overton, Liam Plunkett, Gus Atkinson, Daniel Moriarty, Ollie Pope, Jason Roy
Essex Eagles are at the 8th position in the South Group table with a win and 3 defeats from their 5 games, claiming just 3 points so far. James Neesham helped the side winning their first and only win of the league with his 25-balls half-century against Somerset. Their batting collapsed chasing a modest total of 155 runs put up by Hampshire. Tom Westley (44 runs off 29 balls) was great at the top, and Paul Walter (19-balls 29 runs) and James Neesham (17-balls 28 runs) did well in the middle – still they fell short by 13 runs due to lower-middle order collapse.
Essex batting was ordinary against Glamorgan, posting just 153 batting first, which the opponents chased down comfortably. In the next match against the top team – Sussex – their batting failed miserably once again, putting up only 128 on the board, leaving hardly anything for their bowlers to defend. Essex’s previous match against Gloucestershire was washed out, granting them at least 1 point. Their comeback won’t be an easy task against second-ranked Surrey.
Ryan ten Doeschate is their top run-scorer with 295 runs in the last 11 innings, with an average of 36.87, while Tom Westley (260 runs from past 11 games), and Paul Walter are the key batsman for Essex. Simon Harmer (14 wickets in the last 11 games), and Sam Cook claimed 10 wickets each in the last 8 matches.
Key Players: PI Walter, Sam Cook, Ryan ten Doeschate
Simon Harmer (c), Cameron Delport, Varun Chopra, Tom Westley, Daniel Lawrence, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Paul Walter, Shane Snater, James Neesham, Sam Cook.
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||0 mm.||3.72 k/h||From: NE||90%|
|03h||13||0 mm.||4.34 k/h||From: NE||93%|
|06h||12||0 mm.||4.68 k/h||From: NE||97%|
|09h||12||2.18 mm.||5.29 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|12h||11||3.40 mm.||5.17 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|15h||11||1.92 mm.||5.21 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|18h||11||0.51 mm.||5.55 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|21h||11||0.34 mm.||5.55 k/h||From: NE||100%|
The weather is not too promising here on the matchday. There's a 90 per cent chance of rain for most of the day and evening. The maximum and the minimum temperature will be 14°C and 11°C.
The venue for this match is Kennington Oval, London, and it has the capacity of 23500 people. The ground has witnessed numerous historic matches including the first-ever Test match on England soil.
Oval is mainly a batting pitch. In the 16 T20Is played here, 9 times the teams batting first have won, while the sides bowling first have won on 6 occasions. Here, the average first innings score is 150, and the average second innings score is 133. South Africa registered the highest first innings total (in T20Is) of 211 against Scotland. Highest scored chased here is 173, while the lowest score defended is 113. It is recommended to bat first after winning the toss.
If we go by their previous five encounters, Surrey and Essex are neck and neck. However, considering their performances in this tournament, and the previous season, Surrey are more promising and likely to come out victorious on Monday. Home conditions are also in Surrey’s favour. If the rain does not spoil the complete match, Surrey is likely to earn their winning points.
We predict that Surrey will defeat Essex.