T20 Blast 2022 Quarter-Final 4: SOM vs DER Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between Somerset and Derbyshire?

Somerset and Derbyshire would be fighting for a place in the T20 Blast 2022 semifinal.

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Karthik Nair
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Somerset will be locking horns with Derbyshire in their quarter-final encounter of the T20 Blast 2022 at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on Saturday, July 9. Both teams would be looking to put their best foot forward in order to advance to the next stage of the tournament.

Somerset finished the league stage at the second position in the South Group points table, having won 10 out of the 14 matches that they played with 20 points in their tally and a superior net run rate of 0.630. They finished just one point behind the table-toppers Surrey. Somerset head into this contest having beaten Glamorgan, Middlesex and Surrey in the last three games of the tournament and look unstoppable at the moment.

Derbyshire on the other hand have also been pretty impressive in the group stage, having finished at the third position in the North Group points table with nine victories from 14 league games and 18 points to their tally at an NRR of 0.054. Derbyshire have the same number of points compared to the top two teams Warwickshire and Lancashire, but it is a superior net run rate that separates them from both teams.

Derbyshire also enjoy a winning run heading into this contest having got the better of Durham and Lancashire in their last two matches.

Match details

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Date and Time: July 9, 2022, 11:30 PM IST

Live Streaming: FanCode

Pitch Report

The Taunton surface is expected to be a fast-paced one with plenty of bounce on offer. The batters will also be geared up for a run-fest and a par score of 200+ could be on the cards. It is to be noted that no team has shown interest in batting first at Taunton in the ongoing edition of the T20 Blast. Therefore, the captain that calls it right at the toss will look to bowl first.

Probable playing XI

Somerset

Will Smeed, Tom Banton (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Abell (c), Tom Lammonby, Lewis Gregory, Ben Green, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Josh Davey, Peter Siddle

Derbyshire

Billy Godleman. Luis Reece, Wayne Madsen (c), Hilton Cartwright, Leus du Plooy, Brooke Guest (wk), Mattie McKiernan, Alex Hughes, Mark Watt, Ben Aitchison, George Scrimshaw

Probable Top Performers

Probable best batter of the match

Rilee Rossouw

Rilee Rossouw is having a dream run this season. The former South African batter is the top run-scorer for Somerset with 507 runs at an outstanding strike rate of 189 including  41 fours and 33 sixes. Rossouw might have registered only single-figure scores in his last three innings, but the southpaw would be expected to rise to the occasion on the big match day.

Probable best bowler of the match

George Scrimshaw

George Scrimshaw has been the standout bowler for Derbyshire this season, having registered 21 scalps to his name while bowling at an average of 23 and an economy rate of 9.45. The senior medium-pacer who has been consistently providing breakthroughs for his side when it matters would be expected to step up yet again in the knockout encounter.

Today’s Match Prediction: Somerset to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.