Analysis for the match.
Glamorgan have won two from five so far in this season’s T20 Blast but were well beaten by 2021 runners-up Somerset in their last game on Friday. After being asked to bat first, too many of Glamorgan’s batters made starts but did not go on to make a significant score. Marnus Labuschagne, who made 1, was the only one of the top seven to not make a score between 19 and 37. Ultimately, that meant that their 173-7 was 40-50 runs short. Prem Sisodiya picked up the only wicket as Glamorgan were unable to stop Somerset’s big hitters.
Surrey have seemingly come out of the blocks with a point to prove this season and so far have won four out of four. Their latest victory came in Canterbury on Friday where they beat the 2022 Champions Kent Spitfires by 32 runs. Sam Curran continued his strong tournament by hitting 43 of Surrey’s 159-6, Curran’s innings included five fours. Defending their total, all six bowlers used by captain Chris Jordan picked up wickets with England’s Reece Topley returning figures of 3-24 from 4 overs.
Must see points.
1). The contribution from Sam Curran in this game can lift the entire Surrey side. He will be keen to deliver the goods, especially with the ball.
2). This is a batting-friendly wicket. So, the bowlers are going to have to bowl a good line on it to have a semblance of a chance against the batsmen.
3). Glamorgan is going to have to pull up their socks to register a victory in this match. They are completely in the doldrums at the moment and it is going to take a monumental effort to come out of this
Match predictions: Surrey to win the match.
1). If GLA won the toss and opted to bowl first, SUR could score 180-190 runs.
2). If SUR won the toss and opted to bowl first, GLA could score 150-160 runs.
1). Sam Northeast total runs - over 19.5 runs.
Sam Northeast is not your typical big-hitting T20 player but he is a very consistent run machine. He is our pick for Glamorgan’s highest run scorer against Surrey.
2). Jason Roy total runs - over 22.5 runs.
Jason Roy hit 23 from 18 balls on Friday and we are backing the England white-ball opener to be Surrey’s highest run scorer in this game.
3). Reece Topley total wickets - over 1.5 wickets.
Reece Topley has 8 wickets in the competition and the tall pace bowler is a strong option for Surrey’s top wicket taker against Glamorgan.
In one of the crucial games in the league stages, Glamorgan is all set to take on Surrey tomorrow. Glamorgan has been successful in winning 2 matches out of the last 5 they have played so far in the league. They have terrific potential to display a stronger form and this will be tested to a limit during the contest. The Glamorgan wicketkeeping responsibilities will be handled by Chris Cooke. He brings his experience in this format of the game into practice as he has done many times. He has scored more than 2000 runs with a healthy strike rate of 131.57. This is in addition to his skills behind the stumps. One of the key batsmen for the Glamorgan side is Sam Northeast. In this year's Vitality Blast, he has played some good innings however, he has lacked the consistency required at this level. If he can work on it and bring it under control there is a lot of potential in his batting.
Another batsman Kiran Carlson scored 28 runs in his last game against Somerset. This must-have motivated him to regain his lost form and do well in the upcoming matches. Marnus Labuschagne has played well this year to keep the scoreboard ticking. He also has wicket-taking capabilities. All this together will help raise his game further in this competition. Michael Hogan is one of the top bowlers for Glamorgan with 45 wickets from 39 T20 matches. You can a top-quality bowling performance from him on the wicket. This makes him a prime candidate for this match for Glamorgan.
On the other hand, the Surrey team is doing fantastically well. It is on a roll at the moment with a four-match winning streak. They have reached a new level in terms of fighting spirit. This is backed by the wonderful form shown by their players. You can rest assured that they will come out all guns blazing in this game. Jason Roy was instrumental in his side doing well in the initial stages of the competition. This highlighted his control over T20 cricket. This can lead to him running into a more consistent display of run-scoring thereby making him a valuable player for his team. Sam Curran has always tended to put more emphasis on his bowling. This has earned him 163 wickets in 139 T20 matches he has played. We can also see an improvement in his batting form. All this can turn out to be vital for the Surrey fortunes in the contest.
Another crucial bowler and all-rounder for Surrey is Sunil Narine. He played in the IPL in India last with the KKR franchise. He also has the potential to score runs with the bat in the middle order. He is quite capable of building partnerships in the match. Will Jacks was pretty consistent with the bat this season, especially in the recent matches. His team will be looking for more contributions from him in this match. Chris Jordan has bowled consistently well in the series for Surrey to maintain a good form. This has resulted in him getting many wickets and you can bet that Surrey is depending on him coming good in this match. Reece Topley was successful in getting wickets constantly to keep his side in the game. This has meant that he has kept on contributing to his side's performance.
Time - June 05th, 07:00 PM, IST
Venue - Sophia Gardens - Cardiff, England
There are no injury worries reported from either team management for this match between Surrey and Glamorgan thus far. So, we can assume that all the players are fit to play in the game. The average first innings score at the Cardiff venue is 105 runs. The weather forecast for this game on 5th June 2022 at Cardiff is cloudy skies with rainy and sunny intermittent sessions. The temperatures during the match are expected to hover close to 12 degrees. You can expect a relative humidity of 80% and the wind is expected to be running at a speed of 20 km/hr.
The wicket on offer at the Sophia Gardens ground is a balanced one. The team winning the toss will likely bat first on this track. In the initial overs of the match, the faster bowlers will have an advantage on the wicket. With the advent of the innings, the spinners will come into the picture in the middle overs. But all-in-all this is a batting-friendly wicket. So, we are likely to get a high-scoring game between these two teams.
Possible XI - Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Laurie Evans, Jamie Overton, Kieron Pollard, Jamie Smith (wk), Chris Jordan (c), Sunil Narine, Daniel Worrall, Reece Topley.
Possible XI - David Lloyd (c), Sam Northeast, Marnus Labuschagne, Kiran Carlson, Chris Cooke (wk), Andrew Salter, Daniel Douthwaite, Michael Neser, James Weighell, Prem Sisodiya, Michael Hogan.