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Manchester Originals’ last shot at Eliminator qualification
Birmingham Phoenix to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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We are into the most interesting phase of The Hundred, 2022. The 28th game between the Birmingham Phoenix and Manchester Originals would be crucial for both teams. Phoenix defeated Oval Invincibles in the last game to move to the 3rd position on the points table. The Manchester Originals too had a good game against the Northern Superchargers.
Birmingham Phoenix has a great record at home, and they have lost just once at this venue in the seven games they have played. Their openers have been consistent, and this would add to the side’s confidence. Manchester Originals are without their best batsmen, and they must win this one to survive in the tournament. This would make the contest interesting.
Moeen Ali’s side came up with good efforts in the last game. They defeated the Oval Invincibles by 10 runs in a close contest. This win has pushed them to third place in the points table. A win here would guarantee them a berth in the Eliminator round and Ali would be aiming for that. They will play a tough opponent and the Phoenix skipper shall look to make it count here.
Will Smeed has done well in the tournament and the team would need a good start from him and Miles Hammond in this game. Moeen Ali looks in good form and he adds solidity to the middle order with Liam Livingstone and Matthew Wade. The side has depth in the batting department, and they would expect big hits down the order from the likes of Chris Benjamin and Tom Helm.
Kane Richardson and Tom Helm bowled beautifully in the last game and the side would expect to see a good show from them with the new ball. Imran Tahir’s form is a concern as he hasn’t shown consistency this year and the side would need him to do well. Benny Howell, Henry Brookes, and Livingstone shall need to bowl good lines in the supporting role.
Moeen Ali (c), Will Smeed, Miles Hammond, Liam Livingstone, Matthew Wade (wk), Chris Benjamin, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Henry Brookes, Kane Richardson, Imran Tahir
Laurie Evans who replaced injured Jos Buttler as the skipper would be proud of his side’s performance. After starting with three losses the side has won the last three games. It was an excellent batting effort by the side in the last game against Northern Superchargers which they won by 23 runs. Buttler shall like his side to continue with the same form in this must-win game. A loss here would put them out of contention for a place in the next round.
Phillip Salt and Evans batted brilliantly in the last game with a 102-run opening wicket stand. They would aim for a good start. Tristan Stubbs did well in the last game, and he will look to build partnerships with Andre Russell and Paul Walter. Colin Ackerman and Wayne Masen add to the side’s batting depth, and they will have important roles in this game.
Their bowlers haven’t had a great season and they went for runs in the last game. Tristan Stubbs and Mitchell Stanley shall have to bowl good lines in the next game. Joshua Little and Walter also went for runs and they will have a tough task as Phoenix has a strong batting line-up. Russell, Tom Hartley, and Matthew Parkinson need to come up with good lines in this game.
Laurie Evans (c), Philip Salt (wk), Wayne Madsen, Andre Russell, Tristan Stubbs, Paul Walter, Colin Ackermann, Tom Hartley, Matthew Parkinson, Mitchell Stanley, Joshua Little
The skies over Birmingham would be clear on August 28. The wicket is flat, but we have seen the ball stopping on the batsmen and creating doubts in their minds. Fast bowlers enjoy assistance from the surface with the new ball. The side batting first shall look to put 160 runs on the board.
Edgbaston, Birmingham has been a good venue for the fast bowlers as there is pace and bounce on the surface. The ball also comes to the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes. The outfield is fast, and this helps the batsmen. Spinners need to use their variations to do well here.
In the past, we have seen sides prefer to chase scores at this venue. The format of the game offers an advantage to the side chasing the score. Both captains shall have this on their minds at the toss. The side winning the toss shall look to bowl first and restrict the opponents to a small total.
Manchester Originals would feel the pressure in this game. A loss would seal their fate and the side has been handicapped by the absence of Jos Buttler. Their bowlers have been inconsistent, and the side would expect better efforts from them in this contest. Birmingham Phoenix is enjoying a good run and they have an excellent record at home. This would make them favorites to win here.
Birmingham Phoenix to win
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