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Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire, The Hundred Men, Today Match Prediction

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, UK

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Host Birmingham Phoenix aim to continue their decent form against inconsistent Welsh Fire

  • Birmingham Phoenix registered a comfortable win over Oval Invincibles.
  • Will Smeed, Moeen Ali and Chris Benjamin put in excellent performances for Birmingham Phoenix in the previous game.
  • Welsh Fire suffered defeat at the hands of Trent Rockets in a game played on Friday.

Expect Birmingham Phoenix to register a comfortable win over Welsh Fire.

Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: T20 | Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, UK | Toss: To Bowl

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Host Birmingham Phoenix will be looking to continue their winning streak when they take on Welsh Fire in the 23rd match of 2021 The Hundred Men’s Competition at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham.

Birmingham Phoenix have registered back-to-back victories in the competition.  Captain Moeen Ali will be pleased with his side’s performance in the previous match played against Oval Invincibles.

On the other hand, Welsh Fire were outclassed by Trent Rockets in a game played at Cardiff. With this result, Welsh Fire are languishing at the bottom half of the league table with four points to their name.

Birmingham Phoenix Preview

With two wins in a row, Birmingham Phoenix are lying fourth in the competition at the moment. The franchise will be looking to deliver another clinical performance in this home fixture.

In the side will be relying on openers Finn Allen, Will Smeed, the middle-order trio of Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone and Chris Benjamin to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the previous match, Captain Moeen Ali showed excellent form with the bat and finished the innings with the top-score of 49 off 26 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes.

Besides Moeen Ali, opener Will Smeed got the side off to an excellent start and scored a fluent 45 runs off 28 balls with the help of two fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Finn Allen, who scored 23 runs off 9 balls with the help of five boundaries.

Wicket-keeper Chris Benjamin also chipped in with a crucial innings of 37 runs off 16 balls with the help of five fours and one six.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Adam Milne, Benny Howell, Imran Tahir and Moeen Ali to deliver timely breakthroughs.

Birmingham Phoenix Predicted Playing XI:

Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Moeen Ali (c), Liam Livingstone, Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir

Welsh Fire Preview

The franchise has suffered three defeats in a row and will be looking to turn things around in the competition.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Captain Ben Duckett, opener Tom Banton, Glenn Phillips and Leus Du Plooy to deliver the bulk of the runs.

In the previous match, Glenn Phillips played well and notched up a half-century off 35 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes. He was well supported by Leus Du Plooy, who chipped in with 30 runs off 22 balls with the help of one four and one six.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Luke Fletcher, Matt Milnes Qais Ahmad and David Payne to deliver crucial breakthroughs.

In the previous match, Qais Ahmed bowled well and claimed two wickets, whereas Matt Milnes and David Payne claimed one wicket apiece.

Welsh Fire Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Banton (wk), Ian Cockbain, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Graeme White, Luke Fletcher, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, David Payne

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
29
0 mm.
0.96 k/h
From: NE
75%
03h
28
0 mm.
1.24 k/h
From: E
83%
06h
27
0 mm.
1.37 k/h
From: SSE
91%
09h
25
0 mm.
1.23 k/h
From: SSE
100%
12h
24
0.64 mm.
1.35 k/h
From: SSW
100%
15h
30
0.14 mm.
1.84 k/h
From: SW
44%
18h
33
0.59 mm.
2.96 k/h
From: SW
47%
21h
34
0 mm.
1.63 k/h
From: SW
51%

Weather Conditions

Traditionally, the wicket provides some help to the spinners. The batsmen will enjoy batting on this surface. The weather expected to be perfect for the game with no sign of rain.

Venue Details

Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham will host the 23rd match of the Hundred Men’s competition between Birmingham Phoenix and Welsh Fire

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be desperate to win the toss, bowl first and restrict the opposing team to less than 150 runs. All of the Hundred Men's competition game played at Birmingham have been won by sides batting second.

Based on current form, Birmingham Phoenix will be outright favorites to win their game against Welsh Fire because they are playing in their home conditions. With the likes of Moeen Ali, Will Smeed and Adam Milne in decent form this season, Birmingham Phoenix will be looking to continue their winning streak in this contest.

Expect Birmingham Phoenix to register a comfortable win over Welsh Fire.

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Author: Shoaib Z.