Battle of nerves between Phoenix and Invincibles
Birmingham Phoenix to win
The competition is heating up in The Hundred, 2021 as teams scramble for the Top 3 spots on the points table. Birmingham Phoenix come here with a massive win against Trent Rockets, and this has kept their hopes alive for the tournament. The side would look to win its third game at home as they take on the Oval Invincibles. The Invincibles defeated the Welsh Fire in the last game.
Birmingham Phoenix would be high on confidence with the scale of their win in the last game where they destroyed the opponent’s bowling attack playing fearless cricket. The side hasn’t lost a game at home this season and shall go into this game with a positive frame of mind. It will be interesting to see if the Oval Invincibles are able to break this winning record.
Moeen Ali’s side made a strong comeback in the last game after two consecutive defeats. Their batsmen chased down a formidable total comfortably winning the game by 6 wickets with 26 balls to spare. Ali would look to carry this momentum forward and improve their position on the points table.
Finn Allen and Will Smeed look in good form at the top and the side would like to see a strong opening wicket stand from them. Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone played well in the last game, and this would add to the side’s confidence in this game. In Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin and Benny Howell they have good hitters of the ball down the order.
Tom Helm was expensive in the last game and the side would like to see tight lines from him here. Adam Milne was pick of the bowlers for the side and he would look to trouble the Invincibles’ batsmen in this game. In Imran Tahir and Ali they have experienced bowler in the side and good performances would be needed from them in this game.
Moeen Ali (c), Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir
It was a convincing win for Sam Billings’ side in the last game against Welsh Fire. The side chased down the small total comfortably after their bowlers had restricted the opponents to a small total. The side would be aiming for a win here that can take them to the top of the points table.
The side has a formidable opening pair in Jason Roy and Will Jacks and a good show would be expected from them. In the middle order Billings has been in good form and he’d look to build partnerships with Colin Ingram and Sunil Narine. The side would also expect bog hits from Laurie Evans, Tom Curran and Jordan Clark in this game.
Saqib Mahmood has looked good so far in the tournament with the new ball and he would like to start off well with Reece Topley. Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi and Will Jacks were expensive in the last game and better show would be expected from them. Narine bowled good lines and this is surely a confidence booster for the side.
Sam Billings (c & wk), Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sunil Narine, Colin Ingram, Jordan Clark, Laurie Evans, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||0 mm.||2.69 k/h||From: NNE||20%|
|03h||26||0 mm.||1.92 k/h||From: NNE||13%|
|06h||23||0 mm.||1.56 k/h||From: N||7%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||1.46 k/h||From: N||4%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||1.39 k/h||From: NE||4%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||0.5 k/h||From: N||13%|
|18h||30||0 mm.||2.17 k/h||From: NNW||6%|
|21h||31||0 mm.||2.7 k/h||From: NNW||1%|
The skies over Birmingham would be clear on August 04 and batting conditions are expected to be good. The wicket is flat here and this allows batsmen to play their strokes on this surface. The side batting first in this game would have to target a score of 150 runs to feel safe on this surface.
Edgbaston, Birmingham has a fast wicket where the ball comes into the bat well allowing batsmen to play their strokes easily on this surface. Fast bowlers also generate good bounce and pace from the surface and have done well here. Spinners who flight the ball have got their rewards in this ground in the past.
Big scores have been made at this venue in few games that have been played in this tournament. The wicket allows batsmen to play their strokes here easily. The side that wins the toss in this game is most likely to opt for batting and aim at putting up a big score in the game.
Oval Invincibles won the last game, but the side did struggle with the bat. Their batsmen haven’t been consistent, and this is worrying for the side. They need to improve in this area and bowl well in the game. Birmingham Phoenix come here with a massive win and their batting is looking in great form and this would make them favorites to win this game at home.
Birmingham Phoenix to win