Date & Time: Thursday, July 25, 23:00 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
Both the sides in search for a win
Glamorgan and Surrey are yet to register a win in the season. Surrey lost both the games while chasing the target down, their bowlers were found wanting on both the occasions in restricting the opposition. Their batsmen too did not perform as expected. On the other hand, Glamorgan lost their first match as they failed to defend a decent score and in the second match they were in a dire situation with 96/8 on the board before rain came to their rescue. On Thursday, one team’s fortune is going to change as they gear up for the contest at Kennington Oval.
Glamorgan 14-member squad: Fakhar Zaman, Jeremy Lawlor, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram (C), Chris Cooke (WK), Daniel Douthwaite, Kiran Carlson, Andrew Salter, Graham Wagg, Marchant de Lange, Michael Hogan, Billy Root, Owen Morgan, Lukas Carey.
Surrey 14- member squad: Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Mark Stoneman, Ollie Pope (WK), Jordan Clark, Rikki Clarke, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Jade Dernbach (C), Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel, Van den Bergh.
The surface at Kennington Oval is known for producing high scoring games and it was the case in the season’s first game between Surrey and Middlesex. The forecast is quite clear for the match with temperatures hovering in the early 30°C.
The side’s leading run-scorer in the 2018 T20 Blast has kickstarted the season on a decent note. In the second game, his early departure didn’t allow the team to come back into the game. But on Thursday, he has to come up with a smashing knock to take his team into the winning way before it’s too late.
The veteran batsman has become the most sorted batsman across T20 leagues in the world in the past few years. He has come into the season on the back of decent form from IPL where he played a couple of vital knocks for the Delhi franchise. He also started the season on a good note with a vital half-century of just 28 balls. He may have departed for a low score in the second match, but there is every chance that he will come back with another vital knock against Surrey, considering his T20 track record.
He may not have been at his best with the ball in the first two games, but in the second he has come up with a vital knock down the order when it was needed the most for the team. He will become one of the most sorted out player in the side, if he can come back to form with the ball. His record in the format suggests there are very fewer chances of failing the third time in a row.
Marchant de Lange
The leader of the bowling attack may have gone for plenty in the lone match he got a chance to bowl. But he has come into the season on the back of a good form in the Royal London Cup, where he was the leading wicket-taker for the side with 16 wickets from just 8 games. At times he can be expensive like the last match, but he is a genius wicket-taker to consider in the Dream11 Cricket team.