Date & Time: Tuesday, July 30, 23:00 IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England
Will Surrey end Kent’s unbeaten streak?
Kent is the only team from South Group which is yet to lose a match in the T20 Blast 2019. The table toppers have won three out of the three matches they have played so far and they have won convincingly in two of those matches. On the other side, after back to back losses in the opening two games, Surrey has bounced back in the next two. They dominated proceedings against Glamorgan with winning by 97 runs margin, and against Sussex they have tied the game in a nail biting finish.
Surrey 12-member squad: Mark Stoneman, Aaron Finch, Will Jacks, Ollie Pope (wk), Jordan Clark, Tom Curran, Rikki Clarke, Ryan Patel, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Jade Dernbach (c), Ben Foakes.
Kent 14-member squad: Daniel Bell-Drummond (c), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (wk), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum, Sean Dickson, Callum Haggett, Matt Milnes.
The surface at Kennington Oval might have been dominated by bowlers, but the surface here is usually known for run fests. In the season this has been the case, except for the last match. The forecast is for rain in the first half of the game so expect the game to be shortened depending on the extent of showers in the evening.
He has scored runs irrespective of where the team wanted him to bat. He is the leading run-scorer for Surrey in the tournament with 105 runs from 4 games. Adding to it, the strike rate at which he scored runs made life easy for batsmen around him. There is every chance he will continue the same form against Kent considering the way he strikes the ball.
The veteran off-spinner is among the top 5 wicket-takers of the season with 8 wickets from 4 games. He may have been a touch expensive but his wicket-taking ability produced dividends for Surrey through the crucial middle overs where batsmen try to step up through the death overs.
If it was Batty for Surrey, it is Viljoen for Kent with the ball. The T20 specialist has lived up to his reputation so far in the tournament. He proved to be a vital wicket-taking option for Kent and also proved to be economical at the same time. His effective bowling spell so far in the tournament makes him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
After a brisk knock in the opening game for Surrey, Finch has gone through a lean patch in the remaining three games. It doesn’t happen often with Finch who is among the top 10 rank of batsmen at the international stage in the format. There is certainly a big knock coming from him in today’s match, after a string of low scores.