The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Hampshire and Surrey at the Rose Bowl, Ageas Oval in Southampton.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
This game will be streamed live on Hampshire County Cricket’s YouTube channel.
This has been that sort of a season for Hampshire where they haven’t been really able to gather the momentum. After two consecutive losses early in the tournament, they seemed to be back on track when they won three games in a row. However, they soon gave up on this flow and lost another three games in a row as they head into their next encounter against Surrey.
The campaign for Surrey hasn’t been great either. They lost a few close games and their bowling hasn’t really helped this season. However, they have got the momentum on their side since they won their previous game against Glamorgan. That will keep them in a good space as they head into this crucial win and they will need a win at all costs to keep their chances alive in the tournament.
Up to 9 PM, the chances of rain are in excess of 90 per cent. It won’t get much better after that either and thus rain could play a spoilsport in this match.
The Ageas Oval track has behaved strangely this season. In most games here at this venue this season, low scores were witnessed and batting seemed to be tough. But in the last match, Somerset managed to get a total in excess of 200. Thus, it all boils down to the application and analysis of conditions at this venue.
Average first innings score: 165.84 (Last 13 completed games in the T20 Blast 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 7, Tied – 0
Injury and Availability News (Team News)
Rilee Rossouw is expected to play this match after missing the last one due to illness.
Sam Curran has been released from England’s Test squad.
Probable Playing XIs:
Aneurin Donald, Rilee Rossouw, James Vince (C), Sam Northeast, Liam Dawson, Chris Morris, James Fuller, Lewis McManus (WK), Kyle Abbott, Chris Wood, Ian Holland.
Bench: Tom Alsop, Ryan Stevenson, Brad Taylor.
Aaron Finch, Gareth Batty, Jade Dernbach (c), Mark Stoneman, Sam Curran, Imran Tahir, Ben Foakes (wk), Jordan Clark, Tom Curran, Ollie Pope, Will Jacks
Bench: Liam Plunkett, Jamie Smith, Ryan Patel
Sam Curran has been brilliant with the bat ever since he has been promoted up the order. Since been left out of the Ashes playing XI, Curran has scored no less than 39 runs in the four innings. Curran also took two wickets across those four matches.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Sam Curran, Chris Morris, Liam Dawson
Vice-Captain Options – James Vince, Aaron Finch, Tom Curran
The Curran brothers – Sam and Tom will be perfect given their form in the ongoing T20 Blast.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – O Pope
Batters – J Vince, A Finch, W Jacks, A Donald
All-Rounders – S Curran (C), C Morris (VC), L Dawson
Bowlers – C Wood, I Tahir, T Curran
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – O Pope, L McManus
Batters – R Rossouw, A Finch, W Jacks
All-Rounders – C Morris, L Dawson (C), S Curran
Bowlers – C Wood, K Abbott, T Curran (VC)
On a slow track in Southampton, the likes of Sam Curran, Chris Morris and Liam Dawson will be perfect as captain due to excelling with both bat and ball.
Surrey might have a chance of winning this encounter.
*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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