SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast Prediction 15 Jul 2023
The Cooper County ground is set to witness an exciting clash between Somerset and Surrey in the second semifinal of the Vitality T20 Blast on Friday.
- Somerset has been in outstanding form, occupying the top position in the points table with seven wins from eight matches.
- On the other hand, Surrey holds the second spot with six wins from eight matches, showcasing their own strong performance in the tournament.
- With Somerset’s exceptional form and Surrey’s strong performances, the upcoming match is expected to be a thrilling battle between two formidable sides.
SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast – Venue Details
Venue: Cooper County Ground, Taunton
Date: July 15th 2023
Time: 14:30 (local)
SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast – Team Previews
Somerset has been a force to reckon with this season, boasting an impressive record of 10 wins and just 2 losses. Facing them in any future match would be a challenging task for their opponents. Despite a few key injuries to their bowlers, the inclusion of Ish Sodhi in the team provides ample cover. Their string of three consecutive victories is a testament to their skill and determination, proving that their success is not a result of mere luck.
In their recent clash against Gloucestershire, Somerset showcased their dominance with a resounding 80-run victory. Will Smeed stole the limelight with a stellar performance, smashing 94 runs, while Tom Kohler-Cadmore also made a valuable contribution, scoring 30 runs. Somerset’s bowling department was equally impressive, with three bowlers picking up 3 wickets each.
What makes Somerset’s success intriguing is their collective effort as a team. Every batsman has contributed when given the opportunity, but it is Smeed who has emerged as their leading player. His impressive tally of 404 runs stands out as a remarkable achievement, solidifying his position as the team’s top performer.
Surrey currently holds the second-place position in the South Group, closely followed by Hampshire with 14 points. Despite a slow start to the season, Surrey has shown remarkable improvement in recent matches, winning three out of their last five games. However, their loss to Middlesex, the bottom-ranked team, remains a disappointment as it is the only win for Middlesex this season.
After a series of three consecutive losses, Surrey finally ended their losing streak with a victory over Lancashire in the Quarter-Final at Manchester. Their bowlers played a crucial role in defending a total of 187 runs, marking a turning point for the team. In their previous match, Surrey faced a defeat despite posting a challenging total of 195 runs at the Kennington Oval, London. Sunil Narine’s impressive innings of 78 off 37 balls at number 5 went in vain. The bowlers, however, have been struggling to find success in recent matches, posing a concern for Surrey.
While Narine has been a bit expensive, he has managed to provide occasional breakthroughs. Skipper Chris Jordan, on the other hand, has been impressive with his economy rate and has shown a knack for taking wickets.
SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast – Probable Playing XI’s
Somerset: T Banton (wk), W Smeed, Kohler-Cadmore, T Abell, Sean Dickson, B Green, L Gregory (Cap), C Overton, M Henry, I Sodhi, Jack Brooks
Surrey: W Jacks, L Evans, J Roy, S Curran, S Narine, J Smith (wk), J Overton, C Jordan (Cap), S Abbott, Gus Atkinson, Daniel Moriarty
SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
On this particular pitch, batting holds significant advantages and teams tend to achieve high totals, especially in T20 matches. The average score at this venue typically falls in the range of 165. The pitch’s characteristics, including its lower bounce, make it easier for batsmen to anticipate the trajectory and movement of the ball, providing them with an added advantage.
SOM vs SUR – T20 Blast – Win Prediction
Somerset have been consistent throughout the season, while Surrey have picked up form of late but Somerset are the clear favourites.