Date & Time: Saturday, July 20, 23:30 IST
Venue: St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, England
Can Kent kickstart the season with a win?
After a quarter-final appearance last season, Kent Spitfires are raring to go in this year’s Vitality Blast. Somerset will be looking to continue our impressive start to this year’s Vitality Blast when we travel to the Spitfire Ground to take on Kent Spitfires. Somerset began this season’s campaign with a comprehensive eight-wicket win at Glamorgan last night whilst this will be Kent’s opening fixture.
Somerset: Tom Abell (c), Babar Azam, Tom Banton, George Bartlett, James Hildreth, Tim Groenewald, Tom Lammonby, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Jerome Taylor, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merwe and Max Waller.
Kent: Zak Crawley, Sean Dickson, Oliver Robinson, Bell Drummond ©, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Calum Hagget, Fred Klaassen, Adam Milne, Matt Milnes, Mohammad Nabi, Imran Qayyum, Hardus Viljoen.
No rain forecast ahead of the match. Usually a high scoring track where 200+ runs have been consistently scored.
Babar Azam has been the standout batsman for Pakistan in the recently concluded World Cup and has started the T20 Blast season with a 23-ball 35 that Somerset chase down the target against Glamorgan.
The third leading wicket taker from the last edition of T20 Blast with 24 wickets in 16 matches at a brilliant strike rate of 13.1. Among players to take more than 10 wickets in the death overs last season no bowler had a lower strike rate than Jamie Overton’s seven balls per wicket.
T20 Veteran from Afghanistan is a must have pick in almost all the T20 matches irrespective of the venue. He has been in good form for his national side in the World Cup and could once again be crucial for Kent in tonight’s game.