Vitality T20 Blast 2019: South Group, Kent vs Surrey: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Vitality T20 Blast 2019: South Group, Kent vs Surrey: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Find the availability of Mohammad Nabi, Ollie Pope, Sam Curran, Adam Milne and Tom Curran for this game

Sam Curran
Sam Curran. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The South Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Kent and Surrey at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.

The match starts at 7:00 PM local time (11:30 PM IST) (6:00 PM GMT).

Preview:

Surrey will host Canterbury on Friday to face Kent in first of the three do-or-die matches for them in the competition. Surrey, with only 8 points from 11 matches are currently placed only ahead of a winless Glamorgan in South Group. They need to win the remaining three matches to have a chance of making it to the quarters. On the other hand, the Kent team are placed at No.2 and are only behind Sussex.

Kent began with five consecutive wins and had six victories after seven matches. However, their following two matches resulted in defeats while the next two home games finished without a result. Even one win from the remaining three matches will take Kent into quarters as they won seven matches thus far. However, they will miss the services of Adam Milne and Mohammad Nabi from here on.


Weather Condition/Report:

The last two matches supposed to be hosted by the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury got abandoned due to rain. However, this time around, the rain threat looks minimal. In fact, there could be no rain due most of the time during the match. Little drizzle can be seen towards the fag end of the game.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The St Lawrence Ground has one of the sides with a short boundary but the wind direction could make it tougher to clear. Under the lights, the new ball could do a bit for the pacers. In overall, the venue is perfect for T20s as it has witnessed some big chases.

Average first innings score: 176 (T20 Blast matches since 2018)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4

Injury and Availability News:

Mohammad Nabi’s season with Kent came to an end.

Both Ollie Pope and Sam Curran joined Surrey after not making it to the England playing XI in the Leeds Test.

Adam Milne and Tom Curran are ruled out of the remaining matches.


Probable Playing XIs:

Kent:

Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn, Sam Billings (C), Alex Blake, Oliver Robinson (WK), Marcus O’Riordan, Hardus Viljoen, Mitchell Claydon, Fred Klaassen, Imran Qayyum.

Bench: Jordan Cox, Matt Milnes.

Surrey:

Aaron Finch (C), Mark Stoneman, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Will Jacks, Ben Foakes (WK), Jordan Clark, Ryan Patel/Rikki Clarke, Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Jade Dernbach.

Bench: Conor McKerr, Scott Borthwick, Ryan Patel/Rikki Clarke.


Top Picks:

Daniel Bell-Drummond showed a bit of his bowling in the death overs during the game against Somerset. His sharp and accurate bowling produced him a couple of wickets. Daniel is now in the all-rounders’ category on Dream11. Aaron Finch has been far from his World Cup form in the T20 Blast. However, Finch remains a crucial pick as he could produce big innings out of nowhere.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Curran, Aaron Finch, Heino Kuhn

Vice-captain – Hardus Viljoen, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Imran Tahir

Sam Curran is too consistent with the bat. He might be required to bowl a few overs more than expected in the absence of his brother Tom.


Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Ollie Pope

Batsmen – Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn, Sam Billings, Aaron Finch, Mark Stoneman

All-Rounders – Daniel Bell-Drummond (C)Sam Curran (VC)

Bowlers – Gareth Batty, Imran Tahir, Hardus Viljoen

Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Ollie Pope

Batsmen – Zak Crawley, Heino Kuhn, Aaron Finch (C), Alex Blake

All-Rounders – Sam Curran (VC), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Jordan Clark

Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Hardus Viljoen, Fred Klaassen


Expert Advice:

Watch out for the toss update for the playing XIs as both the teams have a lot to change since their previous match. The likes of Marcus O’RiordanOliver Robinson and Imran Qayyum can be picked if they are part of the playing XI.

Probable Winners:

Surrey needs their batting to fire against a strong bowling line-up of Kent for winning the game.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and makeyour own decision.