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Toss Winner - Glamorgan won the toss and chose to bowl first
Surrey beat Glamorgan by 81 runs
Surrey beat Glamorgan by 65 runs when the two sides clashed earlier this season in the Vitality Blast.
Back Surrey as the winners of this contest.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Surrey have had a fantastic season thus far in the 2023 Vitality Blast. They are in second place in the South Group table with 14 points and a net run rate of 1.434. Although they lost their previous game pretty badly, it shouldn’t deter them much. Moreover, their next clash is against Glamorgan, whom they have already defeated comprehensively earlier in the season. Glamorgan are currently fifth on the table with 10 points and a net run rate of -0.430. They have won five matches and lost four.
Surrey’s wonderful season suffered a minor blip when they went down by 9 wickets in their previous game. Put into bat first at the Kennington Oval, they were bowled out for a paltry 124. Hampshire chased the target with more than five overs to spare.
While it was a poor all-round performance, Surrey wouldn’t be too bothered and would take it as an aberration. They still have a robust batting unit, which is expected to deliver in this game. Openers Laurie Evans (356 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 158.22) and Will Jacks (303 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 146.37) are our contenders for the batters to watch out for in this game.
Sam Curran (259 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 146.32) might have failed in the last match, but he has hit three fifties this season, and another big knock is just around the corner. The all-rounder has also picked up 12 wickets this season at a healthy economy of 7.72.
Sunil Narine is most certainly the team’s most dependable bowler. The ace off-spinner has taken 14 wickets this season at a miserly rate of 7.05.
Will Jacks, Laurie Evans, Sam Curran, Jamie Smith (wk), Tom Curran, Jamie Overton, Sean Abbott, Chris Jordan (c), Sunil Narine, Gus Atkinson, Tom Lawes
Josh Blake, Cameron Steel, Will Jacks, Gus Atkinson, Jamie Overton, Sean Abbott, Chris Jordan, Sunil Narine, Laurie Evans, Tom Curran, Sam Curran
After three back-to-back losses, Glamorgan earned a confidence-boosting win against Gloucestershire in their last game. They posted 183-5 on the board after being asked to bat first and later restricted Gloucestershire to 151-8.
The stars of the win were Sam Northeast, whose 60* off 48 balls laid the foundation for the total, and Timm van der Gugten’s 19-ball 38 down the order. Northeast has scored 254 runs this season at a strike rate of 121.
Chris Cooke leads the batting charts this year in the Blast for Glamorgan, with 339 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 175.64. Unfortunately, their second-highest run-getter, Colin Ingram, is set to miss another game, because of the Achilles injury he sustained during the defeat by Essex earlier. In Ingram’s absence, captain Kiran Carlson (233 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate of 160.68) will need to step up.
Glamorgan’s bowling has largely revolved around Jamie McIlroy, who has taken 15 wickets in 9 innings this season at an economy of 8.48. Leg-spinner Peter Hatzoglou, fresh off a 3-23 from his four overs in the match against Gloucestershire, has been expensive at times but has a knack for picking up wickets in the middle overs.
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
The pitch at the Kennington Oval is usually on the flatter side, but does assist the seam bowlers as well. There is some extra zip for pacers and when the ball is new, seamers will get considerable bounce and movement off the pitch. However, batters will get their chance if they allow themselves some time to settle down and make get used to the wicket. The wicket does tend to become easier to bat on by the second half.
In the last 10 matches on the venue, 95 wickets have been taken by pacers while 27 have been taken by spinners.
The weather in London during the match is expected to be cloudy with a couple of showers and a heavy thunderstorm predicted.
The average 1st innings score at the Kennington Oval in the T20 Blast is 161. The highest total posted here in the tournament is 240-3 by Glamorgan against Surrey in 2015. The highest team total posted here this season is Surrey's 223-5 against Kent. The team batting first here should look to post a total of around 175 runs.
Out of the three matches played at the Kennington Oval this season in the Blast, two have been won by the chasing side. Thus, the team winning the toss is expected to bowl first.
Surrey have a 6-4 win-loss record against Glamorgan in the last 10 matches. They have beaten them this season too, and despite that loss in their previous game, they will start this clash as the favorites. Their batting is really strong, and we are expecting them to come back hard after the poor show. Their bowling, led by Narine, might cause problems for Glamorgan, who are already struggling with a spate of injuries to key players. Plus, Glamorgan’s bowling doesn’t look threatening enough to trouble Surrey’s batters.
Back Surrey as the winners of this contest.
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