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Toss Winner - Somerset won the toss and chose to bowl first
Somerset beat Surrey by 7 wickets
Surrey will be without Jason Roy, and Sam and Tom Curran as they have left for international duties.
Back Somerset to clinch this game.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Surrey is currently 3rd in the South Group points table with 3 wins,1 loss, and 8 points. Two of their last 3 matches have been abandoned which has kind of messed up their momentum. They will be hoping to get a full game in their next assignment – against a struggling Somerset. Somerset has just 1 win to show from 5 matches along with 2 losses this season so far and are at 7th place in the points table with only 4 points. Their last two matches have been abandoned due to rain as well and they will be desperate to get a win against Surrey.
Surrey had started the Vitality Blast 2021 with 3 wins in a row. But in their next 3 games, they haven’t registered a single win – one loss and two abandoned matches. They are coming off a loss against Essex in their last game. In a match that was reduced to 17-overs-a-side, Surrey was bowled out for just 118 in 16.4 overs. Essex had little trouble in overhauling the target in 15.3 overs with 8 wickets intact.
Surrey has a decent batting unit. Openers Jason Roy (139 runs in 4 matches) and Will Jacks (129 runs in 5 matches) form a potent combination at the top. Unfortunately, Roy, along with Sam and Tom Curran, have joined up with England for the international assignment against Sri Lanka this week and would be unavailable for Surrey. This is a major blow for the side, undoubtedly, and affects both their batting and bowling.
Laurie Evans, Jamie Smith, Rory Burns, and Jordan Clark are all talented batters but haven’t yet kicked off for Surrey this season. They would hope that Hashim Amla, who opened the batting in the last match and was dismissed for a duck, will be able to bring some stability to the batting unit.
The bowling will now be largely dependent on Daniel Moriarty, Will Jacks, and the spin of captain Gareth Batty which does make the attack look weak.
Hashim Amla, Will Jacks, Ben Geddes, Rory Burns, Jamie Smith (wk), Jordan Clark, Jamie Overton, Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Gareth Batty (c), Daniel Moriarty
JW Dernbach, Gareth Batty, Jamie Smith, Ben Geddes, Jordan Clark, Will Jacks, Rory Burns, Daniel Moriarty, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Overton, Laurie Evans
After losing their first two matches, Somerset had come back strongly and registered a thumping 47-run win against Kent in their next game. On batting first, Somerset posted a massive 204-7 in their 20 overs and then bowled Kent out for 157. Unfortunately, their next two matches were both abandoned due to rain and they haven’t been able to carry that momentum forward.
Tom Abell has been the top run-scorer for Somerset this season with 141 runs at a strike rate of 169. He will be the key in the middle-order in this game. Unfortunately, no other batsman has got more than 100 runs for Somerset this season, and the likes of Tom Banton, Will Smeed, and James Hildreth will have to really pick things up. All-rounder Lewis Goldsworthy, who struck a fantastic 48 off 29 balls in the match against Kent, will also be someone to watch out for.
On the bowling front, Marchant de Lange has been the best bowler for Somerset and has picked up 7 wickets at an economy rate of 8.72. Josh Davey is the second best with 6 wickets but at a high economy of 10.37. Leg-spinner Max Waller impressed in the last match with figures of 2-26 in 3 overs.
Tom Banton (wk), James Hildreth, Will Smeed, Tom Abell, Lewis Goldsworthy, Lewis Gregory (c), Craig Overton, Ben Green, Marchant de Lange, Josh Davey, Max Waller
Tom Lammonby, Ben Green, Lewis Gregory, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Max Waller, Jack Leach, Will Smeed, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tom Banton, James Hildreth
The pitch at the Kennington Oval in London is a good T20 wicket. There’s always something for the bowlers while the batsmen usually do well here once they get set. Spinners have managed an economy rate of under 8 on this venue in T20s so you can expect them to play a major part.
The weather at Kennington will be cloudy but there’s no rain on the radar for the day of the match.
The average first innings score at the Oval in the T20 Blast is 166 but the average first innings winning score here is 185. The highest total achieved on the venue in the tournament is a whopping 240-3 by Glamorgan against Surrey in 2015. There have been in fact five totals of 220 plus at the Kennington Oval in the T20 Blast.
The team winning the loss is likely to look to bowl first.
In the last five games between Surrey and Somerset, Surrey has won 3 while Somerset has clinched 2 games. While Surrey had a great start to their season, they have been severely hampered with the unavailability of their 3 key players. Their bowling, particularly, looks quite shallow. Somerset hasn’t been too consistent but their batting does look to be getting in rhythm. Expect a close encounter but Somerset might just prevail in this given the sudden lack of depth in Surrey's squad.
Back Somerset to clinch this game.
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