SOU vs GLO Preidtion & Beting Tips, Vitality T20 Blast 2020
South Group winners Surrey and Central Group champions Gloucestershire meet in the first semi-final of the Vitality T20 Blast as Finals Day gets underway at Edgbaston. The match takes place on October 3 and the live action starts at 11:00 local time.
Surrey bounced back from a very difficult start, in which they were hit hard by absences and injuries, to win seven matches in a row and top the South Group. Hashim Amla, a key signing, then hit 73* in a total of 169/2 against Kent Spitfires in the quarter-final, before Will Jacks took 4-15 to earn a 56-run victory.
Gloucestershire, meanwhile, won seven of their group matches too to comfortably top the Central Group. They then faced Northants Steelbacks in the quarter-final and bowled them out for 113, before more runs for in-form Chris Dent earned a seven-wicket win.
Surrey vs Gloucestershire Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket
Live streaming: Sky Go, Now TV
Surrey vs Gloucestershire Toss Prediction
Edgbaston could be a bowl first wicket in the rain.
The Birmingham forecast is, sadly, abysmal. Rain is set all day.
Edgbaston can be tough to score on in wetter conditions, with the pitch offering the bowlers something.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Surrey vs Gloucestershire (Vitality T20 Blast 2020).
Surrey Team News & Playing 11
Jason Roy is available for Surrey despite dropping out of the IPL injured, forming a formidable top three of Roy, Hashim Amla and Laurie Evans. They were in dominant form last time out and, with the Curran brothers on IPL duty, they could be unchanged for this game.
- Jason Roy: Back to fitness after withdrawing from the IPL through injury, his availability at the top of the order is key and he hit a half-century in the quarter-final.
- Hashim Amla: His availability was a big factor in Surrey’s resurgent form. He hit 73* in the quarter-final with a third half-century.
- Dan Moriarty: The spinner has been in excellent wicket-taking form in a breakthrough season, taking 15 at an average of 17.80 with an economy rate of 6.67 runs per over.
Surrey started with a no result, a tie and a defeat but then bounced back with seven consecutive wins after gaining some key players such as Hashim Amla and Laurie Evans. That set up a quarter-final with the one team to have beaten them this season – Kent Spitfires. Amla smashed 73* in a total of 169/2 and Will Jacks’ four wickets limited the Spitfires to 113/7 in reply.
Surrey Predicted Playing 11
Jason Roy, Hashim Amla, Laurie Evans, Will Jacks, Ben Foakes (wk), Rory Burns, Jamie Overton, Liam Plunkett, Gareth Batty (c), Dan Moriarty, Reece Topley
Gloucestershire Team News & Playing 11
Gloucestershire Team News
Gloucestershire’s bowlers were in excellent form last time out and their top-order batsmen finished the job off. They could stick with a winning team.
Gloucestershire Team Key Players
- Chris Dent: Top-scored again last time out to continue a fine season with the bat which has also included four half-centuries.
- Ian Cockbain: Also in fine batting form, with scores of 84*, 50 and 89 among his top innings so far.
- Ryan Higgins: The all-rounder has not always been prolific with the ball but his 3-24 last time out took him to 16 wickets in the table.
Gloucestershire Team Form
Gloucestershire comfortably topped the Central Group, with seven wins from nine completed games. One of their two defeats came after they had already secured their quarter-final place. They were back to their best last time out too as David Payne, Graeme van Buuren, Benny Howell and Ryan Higgins shared ten wickets between them to bowl Northants out for 113. They then knocked off the 114 to win in just 11.5 overs.
Gloucestershire Predicted Playing 11
Miles Hammond, Chris Dent, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey (wk), Ryan Higgins, Jack Taylor (c), Benny Howell, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, Josh Shaw, David Payne
Surrey to beat Gloucestershire at 1.66 with Betway and 1.72 with Bet365?