Bowling has been a massive concern for Surrey in this edition of the T20 Blast. The London-based team has played two games thus far in the tournament. On both these instances, the bowlers hardly lived up to the expectations. Over 200 runs were conceded by matches in these matches and it gets quite difficult for the batsmen to chase such steep targets. However, on Thursday, they bundled out Glamorgan for just 44 runs at The Oval.
This performance included a hat-trick from Tom Curran who bagged an embarrassing record of the most expensive 3-over spell in T20s. They’ll have to be quick as they will play Sussex on Friday. In their last match, Sussex registered a morale-boosting victory against Hampshire. Thus, they will be high on confidence and it won’t be an easy task for Surrey to stop their opposition.
The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Sussex and Surrey at the County Ground in Hove.
The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).
The County Ground in Hove continued its trend of witnessing the teams winning after posting 180+ while batting first. However, looking at the Sussex-Hampshire game the other day, the visiting teams will be aiming higher if they bat first. Hampshire threatened to chase down the score against a pretty good bowling attack of Sussex. The boundary shape and dew factor help the chasing sides.
Average first innings score: 180 (In T20 Blast since 2018)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
Phil Salt, Luke Wright (C), Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, Ben Brown (WK), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley.
Bench: Harry Finch, Will Beer, Ollie Robinson.
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.
Injury and Availability News:
Jofra Archer replaced Aaron Thomason in the 14-man squad.
Rashid Khan in 2019 in Twenty20 format:
42 wickets from 29 innings at an average of 18.09 which includes a 5-wicket haul and a 4-wicket haul. (Leading wicket-taker in 2019 T20s)
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Laurie Evans, Aaron Finch, David Wiese, Jordan Clark, Rashid Khan
Vice-captain Options – Will Jacks, Phil Salt, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Ollie Pope
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Ollie Pope
Batsmen – Phil Salt (VC), Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Aaron Finch (C)
All-Rounders – David Wiese, Jordan Clark
Bowlers – Jofra Archer, Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, Reece Topley
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Ben Brown
Batsmen – Luke Wright, Laurie Evans (C), Mark Stoneman, Will Jacks (VC), Aaron Finch
All-Rounders – David Wiese, Jordan Clark
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran
There are a lot of options to pick for this game from batsmen. However, Rashid Khan remains the best due to his additional features of batting and also fielding in catching areas. Imran Tahir is another player who is expected to be consistent from this category.
Sussex might edge out Surrey who don’t have a great depth in their batting compared to the hosts.
*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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