Kent has simply been unstoppable in the T20 Blast after three victories in a row. In their last game, the table-toppers rolled over Essex by 22 runs at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury and must be in a positive frame of mind. Their Net Run Rate of +1.089 suggests the kind of domination they have had. Their next match is versus Surrey and they will enter the encounter as the firm favourites.
Surrey is currently placed midway in the points table. But the team has somewhat been able to make amends after the hefty defeats at the hands of Essex and Middlesex in their first two contests. Jade Dernbach’s team made a thunderous comeback, rolling over Glamorgan by 92 runs. But they would be disappointed with ending on a tie with Sussex after scoring 144 at the County Ground in Hove.
The North Group game in the T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Surrey and Kent at the Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
This game will be stream live on Surrey County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
The pitch at the venue has been a belter for batting and it can be comprehended from the average score at the venue. Both teams have strong bowling lineups and won’t mind defending targets. Bowlers need to work out of their skins to make regular breakthroughs.
Average first innings score: 180 (Last 5 completed T20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2
Probable Playing XIs:
Mark Stoneman, Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope (wk), Jordan Clark, Tom Curran, Rikki Clarke, Ryan Patel, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Jade Dernbach (c).
Bench– Ben Foakes.
Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (wk), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum.
Bench– Sean Dickson, Callum Haggett, Matt Milnes.
Injury and Availability News:
Rory Burns and Sam Curran won’t be available since they are a part of the England Test squad for the Ashes.
Will Jacks in T20s:
Innings– 9 inns
Runs– 205 runs
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – Heino Kuhn, Aaron Finch, Ollie Pope
Vice-Captain options – Tom Curran, Mohammad Nabi, Will Jacks
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson
Batsmen – Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Heino Kuhn (c)
All-Rounders – Jordan Clark, Mohammad Nabi
Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Tom Curran (vc), Hardus Viljoen, Imran Qayyum
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Jordan Cox
Batsmen – Aaron Finch (c), Mark Stoneman, Daniel Bell-Drummond
All-Rounders – Rikki Clarke, Jordan Clark, Mohammad Nabi (vc)
Bowlers – Gareth Batty, Tom Curran, Adam Milne
Tom Curran has given significant points on a consistent basis. He can be risked even as the captain. He bats in the middle order and is a genuine wicket-taker, something which can fetch a lot of points.
Kent is expected to continue with their winning streak.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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