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147/3 in 16.38.91
146/7 in 20.07.30
Toss Winner - Surrey won the toss and chose to bowl first
Surrey beat Sussex by 7 wickets
Will Surrey be able to continue their unbeaten run?
Back Surrey as the winners of this match.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: TBC, TBC, United Kingdom | Toss: To BatBet Now
Surrey has had a great time in this season of the Vitality Blast. They are at the top of the table in the South Group with 4 wins and 9 points with a net run rate of +1.793. They have been unbeaten so far in the tournament and will next be facing Sussex at the Kennington Oval. Sussex is 3rd on the table with 3 wins and 3 losses and 8 points so far. While they are in a decent state, they do need to improve their net run rate of -0.090 as this might come back to bite them later.
Surrey has easily looked like the most settled team in the South Group this season. The superstar for them this year has been all-rounder Sam Curran who has shined both with the bat and ball. He is relishing the opportunity to bat higher up the order and has struck 185 runs at a strike rate of 146.82 – the most by Surrey this season. Curran is also the leading wicket-taker for the team with 10 scalps at an economy of 6.52.
Apart from Curran, the other one to watch out for Surrey in this game would be opener Will Jacks (140 runs at 148.93). Jason Roy has looked out of touch so far but the destructive opener needs just one good knock to get going. Jamie Overton has also looked good down the order and has been striking it at 205.
On the bowling front, Surrey also has the ever dependable Sunil Narine in their ranks whose economy is an incredible 4.75 in 5 games. The off-spinner’s 4 overs in the middle will be crucial. Left-arm pacer Reece Topley (8 wickets at 7.64) has been in fine form as well.
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Laurie Evans, Jamie Overton, Jordan Clark, Sunil Narine, Chris Jordan (c), Jamie Smith (wk), Daniel Moriarty, Reece Topley
Jason Roy, Reece Topley, Jamie Smith, Will Jacks, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Worrall, Jamie Overton, Chris Jordan, Sunil Narine, Laurie Evans, Sam Curran
Sussex has had an uneven season so far but has shown traces of what they can do when in form. They are coming off a 22-run loss against Hampshire where they fumbled while chasing a huge target of 200. However, opener Tim Seifert’s brilliant unbeaten knock of 100 off 56 balls will give them a lot of confidence. This was just Seifert’s second game of the season and his form at the top can change the fortunes for Sussex.
In Mohammad Rizwan’s absence, who is away on national duty, the team would need more responsibility from opener Luke Wright who only has 101 runs in 6 games at 127.84. Captain Ravi Bopara (129 runs at 116.21) also needs to be consistent.
Sussex’s bowling has been led by the experienced Steven Finn who has 9 wickets in 6 games at an economy of 7.94. West Indian Obed McCoy has made an impact in the 3 matches he has played and has already plucked 10 wickets. His economy of 9.58, however, is on the higher side. The other bowlers haven’t really been impactful and have also leaked runs.
Luke Wright, Tim Seifert (wk), Alistair Orr, Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Ravi Bopara (c), Delray Rawlins, Harrison Ward, Obed McCoy, Archie Lenham, Steven Finn, Henry Crocombe
Ravi Bopara, Tymal Mills, Harrison Ward, Fynn Hudson Prentice, Oliver Carter, Delray Rawlins, Obed McCoy, Archie Lenham, Tim Seifert, Steven Finn, Tom Alsop
Kennington Oval has always been a true surface. Since it’s the early stages of the tournament, the wicket is hard and great for batting, as we saw in the last match played here where a total in excess of 200 was scored. Bowlers will get some help towards the latter half, but batters will enjoy batting here.
The last match at Kennington Oval was between Surrey and Hampshire where Surrey blasted 228-4 after batting first. While the average score by the team batting first here is 161, this can be another high-scoring game. Expect the team batting first to post between 180-190 runs.
Of the 3 matches played at Kennington Oval this season, 2 have been won comprehensively by the team batting first. Since the wicket is fresh right now, batting first would be the better option.
The last two completed matches between Surrey and Sussex have both been won by Surrey. They have looked like the most balanced side in their group and playing at home, they will start as favorites for this match. Sussex does have a few match-winners in their ranks, but Sussex’s form might be too hot to handle for them right now.
Back Surrey as the winners of this match.
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