Somerset v Surrey, Friends Provident t20, Taunton June 12, 2010

Ramprakash, Younis set up 21-run win


Surrey 160 for 7 beat Somerset 139 for 8 by 21 runs

Surrey pulled off their first Friends Provident t20 victory of the season by dampening the fire of Somerset's batting power at Taunton. The visitors won by 21 runs, having posted what looked a below par total of 160 for 7. Mark Ramprakash and Younis Khan both contributed 59, while Alfonso Thomas took 3 for 27.

Despite Kieron Pollard's explosive 42 off 30 balls, with three sixes, and a half-century from James Hildreth, Somerset were always behind the required rate and eventually stumbled to 139 for 8. Chris Tremlett was the pick of the Surrey bowlers with 2 for 25, while Jade Dernbach conceded only 19 from his four overs.

A crowd of more than 6,000 basked in the Taunton sunshine, many of them wearing the yellow hard hats Somerset had distributed to promote the big-hitting potential of their batting line-up. Perhaps that sight acted as an incentive to the Surrey bowlers. They lived up to their name with their boundary fielding and defended their total as if lives depended on it.

Surrey had to recover from 47 for 4 after losing the toss and owed much to a stand of 84 in eight overs between Ramprakash and Khan, who both timed the ball sweetly. Man-of-the-match Ramprakash faced 38 balls, hitting seven fours and two sixes, despite being troubled by a foot injury. Khan was finally run out in the final over, having faced 41 balls and hit seven fours.

Somerset's hopes of bludgeoning their way to a quick success were soon scuppered as openers Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter fell with only 13 on the board. They were given a chance by a fourth-wicket stand of 70 between Pollard and Hildreth, which at least featured some of the promised six-hitting.

West Indian Pollard lived up to his reputation with some savage blows but when he was caught at mid off from a Tremlett full toss 44 runs were still needed off just 22 balls. Somerset had pulled their previous two t20 games out of the fire from apparently losing positions. But this was a bridge too far, despite Hildreth finishing unbeaten, having faced 44 balls and hit five fours and a six.

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  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    The most professional player and most impressive personality in Pakistan cricket history is YOUNIS KHAN. Younis Khan is a gentlemen who has don best in all format and has won Pakistan games many times. Main Problems are Politics, Politicians and their Flatterers like SHOAIB MIRZA, A nothing personality, and nothing player. He always created problems in the team. and the corrupted politicians have supported him as they did this time. He was the main root of conflicts, now he got the license to do anything because of corrupted force behind him. He was always hungry for leadership which is not an easy thing to do when you don't have qualities and skills of a leader like Filthy Shoaib Mirza. KHAN is not like him. He has a gentle personality, has quality and skills of a leader and he is not hungry for captaincy. He always rejected captaincy as he knew him well. shoaib mirza also did it with Yousuf and you know why he retired. Younis and Younis are still backbones of Pak Cricket.

  • Mubarik on June 14, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Hey very good Younis. Now you never accept capatancy untill the beg you. Keep it up your good performance................

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    @ Hassan Halalii or Har...i whatever, Younis Khan is the only non-controversial player in the pakistani squad who never had a probelm with any player. He played under shoab Malik the centre of all rubbish in the pakistani squad. Even the very cool and noble yousuf couldn,t tolerate Shoab Mirza's( the surname changed after marrying Mirza) Mischives and blosted in the media but younis didn,t say anything. He rejected cpataincy more than four times where evry one in pakistan team is always after it. He is jolly personality who is probably the best player even in20 20 what to say od ODI and tests but has always been treated badly by the pakistan politicised cricket establsihment.

  • shahid on June 13, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Some foolishs dropped Younis Khan from Pakistan T20 team. He was the best batsman in WC that Pakistan won. His SR has been much better than most of the other pak batsmen. His biggest mistake was to accept captaincy of 10 others who are not gentlemen like himself. A great player of cricket. His being out of form has only been due to the stress factor in that last one year of Ijaz Butts kingdom.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Younus Khan should never be allowed to play cricket from Pakistani Side, he is suck a good player but he dont have anything like to be a teammate... i can bet on this that when he get a chance to play from Pakistan team in England he will be out in single digit.

  • Adnan on June 13, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Go on then younis bhai. Now all u have to do is the same for ur country.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    I agree with le_stephenois. Younis Khan could have been a far better T20 player if given the license - one that is given to Afridi n Akmal in Pak Team. Playing one-down, with expectations of scoring rapidly specially during first six overs and responsibility not to give his wicket away. I believe batting a little lower down the order would allow him to play freely most of the times.

    Good Luck Younis Khan - I want to see you back in Pak team as quick as possible.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Way to go, Surrey :) Keep it up and do your best.

  • Faisal Mashood on June 13, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Younis has always been a greatly underrated T20 batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    "despite being troubled by a foot injury". Nonsense. Ramps scored all of his runs before playing a ball onto his toe and getting out next ball.

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