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Toss Winner - Somerset won the toss and chose to bowl first
Somerset beat Glamorgan by 8 wickets
Table-toppers Somerset look for consistency
Somerset to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Glamorgan will face Somerset in their 5th home game of the season. The home team have lost 2 of their 4 matches in Cardiff so far. While Somerset continue to be at the top with 8 wins from 10 matches, they’ve been a little inconsistent in recent outings.
In their last match, Somerset successfully chased a 187-run target against Essex. Whereas, Glamorgan have failed to defend a total in two of their last 3 matches.
Glamorgan bowlers have been expensive at this venue but they seem to be making a comeback with the kind of performance they delivered in the last game. This will be an exciting encounter between the number 1 placed Somerset and Glamorgan who are looking good with the bat and ball after back to back losses.
Except for their loss against Surrey, the Lewis Gregory-led Somerset have been exceptional with the bat with in-form openers and consistent finishers in the lower middle-order.
Glamorgan will be pumped up after their recent win at home where they finally managed to bounce back with the ball. Their bowlers had been expensive and ineffective in their previous outings. Before their recent win over Gloucestershire, Carlson’s men played Essex twice in back to back matches.
First they conceded 226 runs at Cardiff losing by 51 runs and they failed to defend a 175-run total at Chelmsford. Sam Northeast, Chris Cooke, and Timm van der Gugten led Glamorgan to 183 runs against Gloucestershire at the Sophia Gardens in the last game.
The middle-order looks in good form and will play a key role in this match as well. Peter Hatzoglou and Ruaidhri Smith led the charge for Glamorgan with 3 wickets each as they put an end to the losing streak on their home ground. Kiran Carlson would be a happy captain seeing his team bounce back in every department.
Timm van der Gugten has been consistent in the lower order and plays a big role in finishing the innings for Glamorgan. Carlson also looked in fine touch at the top prior to their last home game and will be a key player to watch out for.
They’ve got the right kind of batting lineup that is capable of scoring a competitive total for Glamorgan. It was the bowling attack where they lacked and with the recent performances from Hatzoglou and Smith, there seems to be hope for a return to form. Jamie Mcllroy and Timm van der Gugten are other key bowlers in this lineup who can deliver breakthroughs.
Prem Sisodiya, Kiran Carlson (c), Sam Northeast, Billy Root, Chris Cooke (wk), Callum Taylor, Timm van der Gugten, Ruaidhri Smith, Peter Hatzoglou, Jamie McIlroy, Andrew Salter
Timm van der Gugten, Chris Cooke, Andy Gorvin, Billy Root, Ruaidhri Smith, Jamie McIlroy, Cameron Fletcher, Peter Hatzoglou, Sam Northeast, Kiran Carlson, William Smale
Lewis Gregory will be a little concerned as Somerset have become a little inconsistent of late. The bowlers ended up conceding 195 runs bowling first at Taunton and Somerset lost that game by a huge 80-run margin.
It was a setback for both batters and bowlers. Even in such a flop show, Tom Banton came out impressive with 53 off 37 at the top. In the very next match, playing at an away venue, Somerset chased down 187 runs with 7 wickets in hand. Banton continued his form while Will Smeed found it again.
The two openers are the biggest assets for Somerset given their current form and big-hitting ability. Tom Abell and Tom Kohler-Cadmore are other promising and consistent batters in this lineup. And while Kohler-Cadmore may not stick around for long, he surely pushes the run rate and the momentum of the innings.
The key to Somerset’s success so far this season has been their top 4. There is depth in this lineup with Sean Dickinson, Lewis Gregory, and Ben Green in the lower order.
Dickinson and Gregory have made significant contributions lower down the order and are reliable batters. Matt Henry will be a key bowler in this lineup along with Roelof van der Merwe and Josh Davey.
Tom Banton (wk), Will Smeed, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Tom Abell, Sean Dickson, Lewis Gregory (c), Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Josh Davey, Matt Henry, Jack Brooks
Tom Kohler Cadmore, Ben Green, Shoaib Bashir, Kasey Aldridge, Thomas Abell, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Will Smeed, Jack Brooks, Tom Banton, Sean Dickson
The pitch offers help for the bowlers and there can be some movement off the surface. But once the batter is set, he can then start playing strokes and scoring runs. It will be a good contest between bat and ball and scoring runs isn’t as easy here as on other grounds. There will be scattered showers on the match day in Cardiff and by the match time it is likely to be just partly cloudy with a high of 21 degrees Celsius.
Sophia Garden in Cardiff will host its 5th game of this season. The average 1st innings score at this venue in a total of 58 T20Is played at this venue is 155 runs. However, there have been 200+ scores batting first this season and we reckon a 185+ score would be a highly competitive score in this match.
Teams batting first have won 3 of the 4 matches at this venue this season. There have been some really big totals here and the chasing team has struggled to reach anywhere near the massive target. Though Glamorgan bowled well in the last game, they still wouldn’t risk bowling first and chasing against a mighty Somerset side.
Glamorgan will have the home advantage on their side. However, it has been just one game where they did well in recent times. There are still some vulnerabilities in their camp and it will be clear as to what we can expect from Glamorgan after they play Surrey before the game against Somerset. With just 24-hour turnaround time between two games, Glamorgan may not be in the best shape to face the table-toppers and considering Somerset’s batting lineup and their current form, we reckon the visitors will have the upperhand in this contest.
Somerset to win
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