SOM vs KET Dream11 : Kent Spitfires look to continue snapping at Sussex’s heels while Somerset look to breach the top 4 today
Where Friday saw us engulfed in a plethora of matches, seeing 8 matches being conducted in the showpiece league with all but two sides partaking, Saturday is more relaxed day. We have just the one encounter today, a South Group encounter clash which sees Kent Spitfires and Sussex face off against each other.
Despite this being the only encounter slated for today, the match promises to regale us in a sublime brand of cricket. With two sensational batting outfits at our disposal, teams filled to the brim with clean hitters of the ball, the runs will pour by on this surface with the bowlers being dispatched with disdain.
What also increases the intrigue of this face off is the way these two sides previous continues traversed, seeing Kent Spitfires slip to only their second win while Somerset divulged in two vital points. And with both sides having different but pivotal agendas ahead of the ensuing encounter, both of which points toward the common ambition of making massive strides in the league, expect this match to be a riveting clash.
Kent Spitfires were defeated by 5 wickets the last time around with the side faltering to just 128 while batting first against Gloucestershire. Elsewhere Somerset pulled off a hefty win yesterday, scoring a colossal 202 while batting first before rain intervened, seeing them pull of a 63 run win against Hampshire.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
The last match played on this surface was a low scorer, a surface which saw strokeplay be a tentative proposition. With rain hitting the pitch and the slight green left on the surface, expect similar conditions today with the pacer getting the ball to deviate and the batsmen being required to show application for their runs.
The side winning the toss will be looking to field first on this wicket and make the most of the bowling conducive conditions early.
Probable Playing 11
- Imran Qayyum’s availability is unconfirmed with him suffering a hand injury.
Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Tom Abell (C), James Hildreth, Eddie Byrom, Tom Lammonby, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor, Max Waller, Craig Overton, Tim Groenewald
Daniel Bell-Drummond (C), Zak Crawley, Oliver Robinson (WK), Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Adam Milne, Hardus Viljoen, Mitchell Claydon, Fred Klaassen
With both the sides having incredible batting orders, units filled with immense depth, this match is going to be decided by the side who are laden with a more economical bowling unit. And Kent Spitfires hold the incentive here, having massively perturbed ides with all their bowlers rising in unison to help the side become one of the finest outfits at the halfway stage.
This should be a run feast, one which Kent Spitfires just about end up winning.
Match: Somerset vs Kent Spitfires
Date And Time: 10th August, Saturday- 11:30pm IST
Venue: Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
- Babar Azam, Tom Banton, Roelof van der Merwe, Jerome Taylor
- Daniel Bell-Drummond, Oliver Robinson, Heino Kuhn, Mohammad Nabi
Wicket-Keepers for SOM vs KET Dream11
With Ollie Robinson from Kent Spitfires and Tom Banton from Somerset both at our disposal, there were no deliberations about who to get into our Dream 11 side. Both of them are indulged in by us with the two players immersing us in some incredible batting displays across the league.
Somerset’s opener Tom Banton in particular someone who has emerged as a pleasant surprise from the league. The second highest scorer in the league, the wicket-keeper has made for pristine viewing, knowing exactly when to keep his intent in check and when to open his arms to amass a bagful of runs.
Elsewhere in the number 3 spot, Ollie has helped lay down a platform for his side, holding the side’s innings together on several occasions to ensure they are able to rake up healthy scores.
Batsmen for SOM vs KET Dream11
Coring 100 in the previous match, Babar Azam comes into our side from Somerset. He and Banton have formed the best opening partnership in the league and the side will need them to emulate their rousing showings today as well. We are also getting in their captain Tom Abell in for this encounter after his neat knock of 56 yesterday.
Elsewhere from Kent we have gone ahead with opting for the services of captain and opener Daniel Bell Drummond. One of the side’s highest scorer and most consistent bat, the opener scored 62 in the previous match, an innings which impressed us for the fortitude shown under tricky conditions. He’s accompanied by number 4 bat, Heino Kuhn.
All-Rounders for SOM vs KET Dream11
Given his high batting order and the four overs he’s bound to get with the ball, Mohammed Nabi is our pick from Kent Spitfires. Spin in particular will prove to be effective on the wicket as the batsmen look to lash out at each and every delivery and pile on a massive score on the scoreboard. The slower stuff will be tough to peel off and we could see Nabi pick up a wicket in the progress.
After picking up the 1 wicket and giving away the 8 runs in the 2 overs he sent down, Roelof Van Der Merwe I picked up by us from the opposition.
Bowling Order for SOM vs KET Dream11
All our picks in the bowling order are of players who are going to bowl in the death overs or get the responsibility of picking up the new ball. Jerome Taylor has been incredibly expensive for his side but he always gets a wicket, picking up a wicket atleast in each of his encounters given the aforementioned identity he holds.
With the two wickets yesterday, Craig Overturn comes in from the side as well while from Kent we are getting in Hardus Viljoen, their spearhead in the pace attack.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Daniel has been chosen as our captain while Azam is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.