Date & Time: Thursday, August 29, 23:00 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
Both sides need to win and win big
Surrey and Kent which are in the bottom half of the South Group points table face off each other in a crucial contest to keep their hopes to quarter-finals alive. Essex which is at the penultimate position in the points table has won only 3 games so far from 12 matches as four of their games being washed out. Although they still have the chance to enter into the Top 4 if they win the remaining two games and if a few other results go in their favor. On the other hand, the situation of Surrey which is at No.6 in the points table with 5 wins from 13 matches is no different.
Both the teams are likely to stick with the same playing XI as their respective last matches.
The surface at Kennington Oval has had something for everyone as most games turned out to be sporting ones in the season. The average score of teams that bat first in the season is around 160. The forecast is for a clear day for the crucial contest.
The seasoned campaigners may not have stepped up this season for Essex, but the 22-year old, Lawrence has come to the fore. He has led the batting for Essex in the season, as he came up with 302 runs from 8 innings so far. In the 8 innings, he hit four half-centuries which makes him the most sought after player from Essex in the Dream11 cricket team.
He was not at his half best in the first half of the season but now he seems to have found his ideal rhythm. In the last 4 matches, he has chipped in with 10 wickets which made a way for him at No. 3 in the leading wicket-takers’ list for this season with 19 wickets from 12 innings.
He may have only played 7 matches in the season so far, but he has proved to be a consistent performer for Surrey. He has scored 222 runs in 7 innings which includes four 30+ scores. But with the ball, he is yet to come up with his best. Once he finds his mojo, he will be formidable.
He is not as consistent as he was in the World Cup leading into the T20 Blast, but he is still the leading run-scorer for Surrey in the season with 386 runs from 12 matches. He may not have been consistent but he has produced few match-defining knocks as he did in the previous one where he came up with a brilliant century. With him, there is always a chance of a big knock coming from him from nowhere.