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Essex lose momentum in chase of 151 as Surrey complete 10-run win

Kevin Pietersen scored a fifty on his first game this season
Kevin Pietersen scored a fifty on his first game this season

Surrey 150-9 (Pietersen 52) beat
Essex 140-7 (ten Doeschate 28no) by 10 runs
South Group, Natwest T20 Blast, Kennington Oval

Kevin Pietersen made a stunning comeback with a half-century to take Surrey to 150 runs following which the bowlers came up with a collective display to restrict Essex to 140 for seven in the chase in the South Group encounter of Natwest T20 Blast at Kennington Oval.

Essex won the toss and decided to field first. Aaron Finch (21) and Jason Roy (17) provided the perfect start for Surrey, scoring 40 runs off 25 deliveries before both the players were dismissed by Mohammad Amir (2-13) off successive deliveries.

Amir spell proved to be a game changer as he conceded just 13 runs in his four overs but Pietersen (52) revived the hopes of Surrey with a 35-ball blistering knock and just when the platform was set for a huge total, Essex bounced back through Paul Walter (3-24) to restrict Surrey to 150 for nine in the 20 overs.

In the chase, even though, Dan Lawrence (24) and Varun Chopra (27) got Essex off to a promising start, Stuart Meaker (2-27) removed both the batsmen in successive overs.

The innings quickly lost momentum with the batsmen finding it tough to score boundaries and despite Ryan ten Doeschate (28 not out) remaining unbeaten, Essex managed only 140 for seven in the 20 overs.

Pietersen was awarded the player of the match for his match winning knock.

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