KEN vs SOM Prediction 30 May 2023
Kent and Somerset are scheduled to clash in a South Group encounter of the T20 Blast 2023 on Tuesday, May 30. The highly anticipated match will take place at the iconic St. Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
- In their previous match, Kent faced a challenging situation as they conceded 223 runs against Surrey. Currently, they hold the third position in the points table with one victory from their two matches played.
- On the other hand, Somerset has enjoyed an unbeaten run in the tournament so far, emerging victorious in all three of their opening fixtures.
- It is worth noting that during their visit to the St. Lawrence Ground in 2022, the visiting side Somerset emerged triumphant against Kent.
KEN vs SOM – Vitality Blast – Venue Details
Venue: St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Date: May 30th 2023
Time: 18:30 (local)
KEN vs SOM – Vitality Blast – Team Previews
Kent suffered a defeat of 41 runs against Surrey at the Kennington Oval in London, leading into their upcoming game. Despite being set a target of 224, Kent fell short, reaching 223 for the loss of five wickets. Tawanda Muyeye and Daniel Bell-Drummond displayed their batting prowess by scoring half-centuries, but unfortunately, their impressive performances did not result in a victory.
While captain Sam Billings and George Linde have struggled to make significant contributions in the opening two matches, the remaining members of Kent’s top order have shown promise on occasions. Notably, both openers, Tawanda Muyeye and Daniel Bell-Drummond, enter this game with the confidence of scoring half-centuries against Surrey.
Although Kent bid farewell to Darren Stevens, the core of the team that clinched the title in 2021 remains largely intact. Qais Ahmad, the talented spinner, may have lost some of his enigmatic charm in the previous outing, prompting the Spitfires to opt for Kane Richardson’s proven T20 experience. Importantly, Sam Billings will be available from the beginning, having chosen not to participate in the IPL.
Spearheaded by Lewis Gregory, Somerset currently occupies the top spot in the table with six points and an impressive net run rate of +2.589. They have emerged victorious in all three matches played thus far in the tournament.
In their previous outing, Somerset secured a four-wicket win over Glamorgan. Chasing a target of 154, Somerset comfortably achieved the victory with a significant 31 balls to spare. The key to Somerset’s success lies in their formidable bowling attack. Matt Henry and Craig Overton have been instrumental in early breakthroughs, while Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe control the run rate during the middle overs.
In the batting department, Tom Banton has been a vital contributor to Somerset’s triumphs. However, for this particular fixture, Somerset will be without Sonny Baker and Craig Overton will be rested.
KEN vs SOM – Vitality Blast – Probable Playing XI’s
Kent: T Muyeye, D Bell-Drummond, J Denly, S Billings (Cap & wk), Jordan Cox, G Linde, Jack Leaning, J Evison, Grant Stewart, K Richardson, Michael Hogan
Somerset: T Banton (wk), W Smeed, T Kohler-Cadmore, Tom Abell, T Lammonby, L Gregory (Cap), Ben Green, Van der Merwe, Josh Davey, M Henry, Peter Siddle
KEN vs SOM – Vitality Blast – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The pitch at Canterbury has proven to be a balanced and competitive surface so far in the tournament. Considering the conditions, teams winning the toss may prefer to field first. The pitch has offered assistance to the seamers, allowing them to extract some movement and generate bounce.
KEN vs SOM – Vitality Blast – Win Prediction
Somerset are on a roll with three consecutive victories and their form will continue with a win over Kent