The Vitality T20 Blast has been running out of contention for the last few days with rain. South Group have played two matches and both these teams were in action in those matches. We are in for a shocking action with local players, who want to make their mark in the absence of big international names. Kent were unable to score 5 runs in their last over against Middlesex, while Surrey failed to score 12 runs in their last 2 overs against Essex in their last matches. Both teams failed to make the match out of a position of strength as the competition ended in a tie. Both teams will be impressed with their results and win this match to register their first win on the board.
Kent’s opener Zuck Crowley (22 * and 31) and Daniel Bell Drummond (72 and 28) set the tone for the batting with a partnership at the top. Jordan Sox, Alex Blake and Jack Lenning scored significant 20+ cameos and took them to 209 runs to chase. Kent has one of the strongest batting order of the tournament.
Kent bowlers scored 10+ RPOs, beating Alex Blake and Imran Qayyum. They lack experience and should improve upon the execution of their variations. He has claimed only 8 wickets in his 40 overs so far.
Top Betting Players:
Daniel Bell Drummond – Drummond has scored 100 runs in 200+ strike orts and made his batting debut. He has hit 13 fours and 5 sixes so far, leaving 80% of his runs in the boundary.
Fred Klassen – Fred Klassen has taken 4 wickets so far but has scored at around 9 RPOs. His bowling figures were read as 2/20 and 2/50 in two matches respectively.
Surrey looked comfortable chasing their scorecard, reading 87/2 in the 11th over. But the mini-collapse catapulted him to 113/5 in the 15th over. They failed to recover from there and chased 12 runs in the last 2 overs and ended the match like a tie with 2 wickets falling in 2 balls.
Matt Dunn and Gus Atkinson bowled economically, giving away runs at less than 6 RPOs and claiming each wicket. Scott Borthwick took 2 wickets but conceded 34 runs in his two overs. Gareth Batty and Daniel Boriarty failed to take wickets in the previous match.
Top Betting Players:
Ben Fox – Ben Fox scored 44 off 37 balls in the chase but will be dismissed when his team needs just 1 off 2 balls. He will help to make a big score in this match and help his team win.
Gus Atkinson – Gus Atkinson has figures of 1/13 and 1/23 in two matches so far. He will be the key bowler in the middle overs to limit the run flow after the completion of the power play.
According to the weather forecast, there will be strong sun and clear skies on match day in Canterbury. We hope that there is no obstruction in the rain.
Canterbury’s pitch is expected to slow down as the match progresses and both teams will have to score runs in the power play. The spinners may have an important role in this pitch due to the slow speed. We can expect a score of around 150–160 runs in this match.
Chasing in T20 nowadays is the best option and teams are comfortable chasing the total instead of being set.
Kent vs Surrey, 25th T20 Today Match Prediction
Surrey have a strong bowling attack that is suitable for the conditions and the batsmen are expected to test at this venue. Kent has more attacking batsmen in their playing XI who can take away the match in a matter of minutes but struggles with their bowling attack. Surreys lack big-hitters in their line-up and could be a major loss in T20s. We expect Kent to win this match given his strong batting order but he will face a tough test against Surrey bowlers.
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