Surrey and Glamorgan, the struggling teams in the South Group, will lock horns on Thursday at the Kennington Oval in London. Surrey lost both the matches they played after conceding big totals. Surrey gave away 226 in only 15 overs to Essex and later fell short of the target by 53 runs. In their first home match, the Jade Dernbach-led team lost by 37 runs against Middlesex in the London Derby while chasing 210.
On the other hand, Glamorgan lost one game while another game ended with a result. In their first game against Somerset, the Colin Ingram-led team could only post an under-par 180 despite top order’s brilliance. Glamorgan got lucky against Gloucestershire where they were reduced to 96/8 before rain concluded the game. They are now boosted by the inclusion of Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Surrey and Glamorgan at the Kennington Oval in London.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT). This match would be streamed live on Surrey County Cricket’s YouTube Channel.
Despite early wickets, Surrey posted 172/9 chasing 209 on Tuesday. This shows how good the track remains during the second innings at The Oval. The teams batting first will aim as high as possible due to the non-changing conditions throughout the game.
Average first innings score: 192 (Completed 20-over T20 Blast matches since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs:
Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Mark Stoneman, Ollie Pope (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Jade Dernbach (C), Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir.
Bench: Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Van den Bergh.
Fakhar Zaman, Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (C), Chris Cooke (WK), Daniel Douthwaite, Kiran Carlson, Andrew Salter, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan.
Bench: Owen Morgan, Lukas Carey, Billy Root.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Rikki Clarke in T20 Blast 2018:
With bat – 235 runs from 8 innings at an average of 47 with help of a fifty
With ball – 16 wickets in 13 innings at an average of 23.56 (Leading wicket-taker for Surrey)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Aaron Finch, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks, Fakhar Zaman, Ollie Pope
Vice-captain Options – Liam Plunkett, David Lloyd, Jordan Clark, Andrew Salter, Mark Stoneman
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ollie Pope
Batsmen – Aaron Finch (C), Fakhar Zaman, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (VC), Will Jacks
All-Rounders – Graham Wagg, Jordan Clark
Bowlers – Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir, Tom Curran
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Chris Cooke
Batsmen – Mark Stoneman, Aaron Finch, Jeremy Lawlor, Colin Ingram, Will Jacks (C)
All-Rounders – Graham Wagg
Bowlers – Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett (VC), Andrew Salter, Jade Dernbach
Fakhar Zaman hasn’t been in best of forms with the bat but the conditions in the T20 Blast could suit his gameplay. Fakhar’s performances could come down to his confidence and could be a hit or miss player for a couple of matches.
Surrey is expected to register their first win against Glamorgan who lacks depth in both batting and bowling.
*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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