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18-year-old spinner Yousef Majid of Surrey has an economy of just 3.52 this season.
Back Surrey to win this clash.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: Kennington Oval, London | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Last year’s semi-finalists Surrey have had a mixed start to the 2022 season of the Royal London One-Day Cup. They have lost one and won one match so far and are 4th in Group A with a net run rate of +0.702. They next face Warwickshire who have started their campaign with a comfortable win against Gloucestershire and will look to continue their winning momentum.
Surrey lost their first match of the tournament by 7 wickets against Leicestershire. But they made a strong comeback in their next game, winning by 9 wickets against Durham. After choosing to bowl second, they bowled Durham out for just 181 and then knocked off the target in just 29 overs.
Surrey’s bowling effort was sensational in the last match where all their 7 bowlers were among the wickets. While seamers Matt Dunn, Tom Lawes, and Conor McKerr started the proceedings well by picking two wickets apiece, left-arm spinner Yousef Majid impressed the most with a spell of 2-41 from 10 overs. The 18-year-old youngster has been economical in both the games he has played so far and can be the team’s standout bowler this season.
In the batting department, opener Ryan Patel (67* off 76 balls) and Cameron Steel (68* off 74 balls) both showed their class during the chase. Skipper Ben Geddes has looked in great touch in both the games and will be the batter to watch out for. Nico Reifer could also make an impact down the order.
Ryan Patel, Ben Geddes (c), Cameron Steel, Nico Reifer, Josh Blake (wk), Nick Kimber, Conor McKerr, Amar Virdi, Matt Dunn, Yousef Majid, Tom Lawes
Warwickshire had an almost perfect game to start their new season of the Royal London One-Day Cup. They polished off a target of 265 against Gloucestershire in just 38.2 overs with 8 wickets to spare. Openers Robert Yates (87 off 65 balls) and Dominic Sibley (106* off 107 balls) put on a partnership of 152 runs for the first wicket to set things up nicely. Skipper Will Rhodes then smashed 40 off 42 balls to take the game away from the opposition.
Warwickshire clearly has a really solid batting unit this season. Michael Burges and all-rounder Krunal Pandya further strengthen their unit.
The team’s bowling was quite disciplined. Oliver Hannon-Dalby picked up 2 wickets for 49 runs from his 9 overs and Craig Miles had figures of 3-53 off 9.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya made a strong impression in his debut with a spell of 2-54 off 10 overs. He bowls tight lines and can be crucial cog in Warwickshire’s wheels.
Dominic Sibley, Robert Yates, Will Rhodes (c), Michael Burgess (wk), Krunal Pandya, Matthew Lamb, Ethan Brookes, Craig Miles, Kai Smith, Liam Norwell, Oliver Hannon-Dalby
This will be the first match played at the Kennington Oval this season, so the wicket will be fresh and hard. Batters should have a good day and seamers might go for runs as the ball starts getting softer. The role of spinners during the middle overs will be crucial.
The weather in London on the day of the game is expected to be sunny and pleasant.
The average score batting first at the Kennington Oval in ODIs is 252. The highest total achieved at the venue is a massive 398-5 by New Zealand against England. Since this is a fresh pitch, expect the team batting first in this game to set up a total of around 280-300 runs.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat second. Teams chasing have won 42 of the 72 ODIs played here.
Surrey has a good record against Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup, winning 3 of their last 5 games against them. However, Warwickshire looks to have a strong batting unit this year. Surrey will be taking confidence from their last win and if their bowling clicks again, they might make things difficult for Warwickshire.
Back Surrey to win this clash.
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