Battle for the Inaugural Title of The Hundred
Southern Brave to win
The 33 games that we have seen in The Hundred, 2021 bears testimony to the kind of success this format has been. Now we are into the big final and the Birmingham Phoenix would be up against the Southern Brave. They have without doubt been the two best sides in the season and it is fitting for them to be playing the title game. The Phoenix qualified for the final being the most successful side in the league games while the Southern Brave overcame the challenge in the Eliminator from the Trent Rockets.
The two sides have met earlier in the season where the Southern Brave had registered a convincing win. They have a very strong batting line-up and shall be looking at their players to win it for them here. Phoenix too have done well with five consecutive wins before this game. We expect this game to go down the wire and the best side is expected to emerge as winners here.
It has been a brilliant campaign for Moeen Ali’s side where they topped the points table to make it to the final. The skipper has led from the front, and he would like his side to continue with the momentum they have shown this season. They come here with five consecutive wins under their belt but had lost to the Southern Brave earlier in the season. Ali would like to get over that loss and win the one that matters the most.
Finn Allen and Will Smeed have been in good form and the side would like to see a positive start from them in this high-pressure contest. Ali has played extremely well and adds strength to the middle order alongside Liam Livingstone and Chris Benjamin. The side would like to see good show down the order from the likes of Benny Howell and Miles Hammond who can score quick runs.
Adam Milne and Tom Helm shall look to strike early in the game as their opponents have a very strong batting line-up at the top. Milne has looked good, and the side would have high expectations from him in this game. In Imran Tahir they have a very experienced bowler, and he would need good support from Benny Howell, Patrick Brown, Ali, and Livingstone who add depth to this attack.
Moeen Ali (c), Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir
James Vince’s side has stormed into the final of the competition with a massive 7-wicket win against the Trent Rockets in the Eliminator game. The side has now won the last six games in a row, and this would add to their confidence. They had defeated the Phoenix during the league stages and Vince would like to treat that as an inspiration as they go into this high-pressure contest. .
Paul Stirling and Quinton de Kock have done well, and the side would need them to set up a good opening wicket stand in this game. In the middle order Vince has been leading from the front and this would serve as a big confidence booster. Alex Davies and Ross Whiteley must play important roles down the order and the side would also expect runs from Tim David and George Garton in this game.
Craig Overton and Garton bowled incredibly well in the last game sharing five wickets between them, and they would do well here to repeat the same kind of performance. Tymal Mills has bowled miserly spells right throughout the tournament and the side would like to see similar show from him here. Chris Jordan and Jake Lintott add good strength to this attack.
James Vince (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Paul Stirling, Alex Davies, Tim David, Ross Whiteley, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Craig Overton, Tymal Mills, Jake Lintott
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||1.67 k/h||From: SW||99%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||1.19 k/h||From: S||96%|
|06h||17||0 mm.||0.48 k/h||From: SSW||97%|
|09h||20||0 mm.||2.84 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||3.76 k/h||From: S||100%|
|15h||18||0.65 mm.||4.38 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||4.22 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||3.46 k/h||From: SW||61%|
London would see cloudy skies, and this is likely to make the ball move around a bit in the air which will make conditions tough for the batsmen. They shall have to spend time at the crease to do well. Any score in excess of 140 runs would be a good total on this surface given the kind of conditions we expect to see in the game.
Lord’s London is known for being a good surface for the batsmen and the bowlers. There is early assistance in the game for the bowlers but we have also seen batsmen do well after getting used to the pace and bounce on this track. The wicket here doesn’t have much for the spinners as there is little turn on offer for them on this wicket.
All the three games played at this venue this season have been won by sides that have batted first. We have seen some of the flattest surfaces here where lots of runs have been scored However the weather is expected to aid fast bowling here and given the pressure in the game the side that wins the toss is likely to opt for bowling first.
There would be pressure on both the teams considering the importance of this game where none of the side would like to lose. Birmingham Phoenix have played brilliantly in the tournament to top the points table, but they had gone down against the Southern Brave earlier and this is likely to play on their minds. The Brave come here with six wins in a row and have their batsmen in good form and this would put them nose ahead in this tight contest.
Southern Brave to win