Analysis for the match.
One of the most highly awaited contests in the T20 Blast 2022 season is about to take place as Surrey takes on Somerset. Surrey has won 8 out of the 9 matches it has played so far with the remaining one match being rained out. That makes Surrey the only unbeaten side in the entire tournament.
Somerset has not done too badly either. With seven wins and two losses from nine matches, Somerset sits right behind Surrey in the South Group standings.
There are some key players missing from this contest as they are away on England duty and that could have a big say in the result. The cricket betting sites are pricing Surrey as the favorite but not by as big a margin as you would imagine.
Must see points.
1). Somerset has a stronger batting lineup
2). Surrey will be without Jason Roy and Sam Curran for this match
3). Surrey's bowling lineup is slightly better but that may not matter much when the conditions are expected to be so batting friendly
Match Prediction: Somerset to win the match.
1). If Surrey won the toss and opted to bowl first, Somerset could score 170-190 runs.
2). If Somerset won the toss and opted to bowl first, Surrey could score 160-180 runs.
1). Rilee Rossouw total runs - over 24.5 runs.
Rilee Rossouw is the leading run scorer in the tournament after hitting five half-centuries. The South African is well worth backing as Somerset’s highest run scorer against Surrey.
2). Will Jacks total runs - over 22.5 runs.
Will Jacks has hit 254 runs so far in the 2022 Vitality Blast. The opener is our pick for Surrey’s highest run scorer in this game.
Jason Roy and Sam Curran may not be available to play for Surrey for this match but that does not mean that the team is short on quality. Will Jacks is knocking on the doors of international cricket and is one of the most dangerous batsmen in this format of the game. He has Jamie Smith, Rory Burns, Sunil Narine, and Kieron Pollard for company.
Yes, the loss of quality in the top order is clear but we still think Surrey has the batting needed to really go after Somerset.
Chris Jordan and Sunil Narine are the obvious big names in the bowling lineup but that is not all. Overton and Worrall are also very good bowlers showing the all-round balance that Surrey possesses.
Somerset will come into this match believing it can win. After all, if there is a team that can match Surrey in batting strength then that is Somerset. Will Smeed, Tom Banton, Rilee Rossouw, and Lewis Gregory are all players that can win you the match single-handedly.
In fact, that is pretty much what Rossouw did in the previous match against Essex when he scored 85 from just 36 deliveries.
The six-hitting power and the current form of the Somerset batting lineup make them even stronger than Surrey in our opinion.
The bowling lineup for Somerset is a bit offy. It tends to be very expensive and most occasions and needs to be rescued by the Somerset batters. Siddle, Gregory, and Green will form the core of the bowling lineup in this match as well.
Time - Jun 21st, 11:00 pm, IST.
Venue - Kennington Oval - London, England
Possible XI - Will Jacks, Jamie Smith (wk), Rory Burns, Laurie Evans, Sunil Narine, Jamie Overton, Kieron Pollard, Chris Jordan (c), Gus Atkinson, Daniel Moriarty, Daniel Worrall
Possible XI - Will Smeed, Tom Banton (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Abell (c), Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Lewis Goldsworthy, Peter Siddle, Jack Brooks