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London Spirit’s hunt for a berth in the quarterfinals
London Spirit to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The London Spirit would look to book a berth in the Elimination round as they take on the Welsh Fire in the 24th game of The Hundred, 2022. London Spirit playing at home come here with a loss against Trent Rockets, their first defeat this season. Welsh Fire also suffered a big loss in their last game against Southern Brave and sit at the bottom of the points table.
Welsh Fire has lost all the five games the side has played. It has been a disastrous season for the side with the bat as none of their batsmen have done well. London Spirit has seen contributions from all their players. They are playing at their home ground and the side would be confident.
Eoin Morgan’s side suffered its first loss of the tournament in the last game. They went down against the Trent Rockets by 6 wickets. It was a poor show with the bat from the side and Morgan shall look for a better show here. A win here would assure them of a berth in the Eliminator round and Morgan shall aim for that in this game.
Adam Rossington has done well at the top and he would look to set up a big partnership with Daniel Bell-Drummond. Daniel Lawrence, Ben McDermott, and Morgan make it a formidable middle order, and runs would be expected from their bats in this contest. The side has depth in its batting line-up with Kieron Pollard, Jordan Thompson, and Liam Dawson to follow.
Daniel Lawrence and Chris Wood shall fancy their chances with the new ball as Welsh Fire have batted poorly at the top. In the middle overs, the side would need a good show from Nathan Ellis and Mason Crane. Thompson, Dawson, and Pollard make it a strong bowling attack in home conditions.
Eoin Morgan (c), Adam Rossington (wk), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ben McDermott, Daniel Lawrence, Kieron Pollard, Jordan Thompson, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Mason Crane, Chris Wood
The agony continues for Josh Cobb’s side. They went down in the last game against the Southern Brave by 9 wickets. It was their fifth straight loss in the tournament. Batting has been in shambles and the side would need to fight hard in this game. Cobb would want his players to apply their skills in this game as they search for the first win of the tournament.
Joe Clarke has been in poor form and the side would like to see a better show from him and Jacob Bethell in this game. Ben Duckett and Cobb didn’t score runs in the last game and they need to deliver in the middle order with David Miller. Matthew Critchley, Leus de Plooy, and Dwaine Pretorius have scored runs and the side would expect a good show down the order from them.
Their bowlers would face a big challenge as London Spirit batsmen have been in great form. The side would need good spells at the start from George Scrimshaw and Pretorius in this game. Jake Ball did well in the last game, and this would make him confident. Pretorius, Cobb, and Critchley must do well in the supporting act for the side to win this game.
Josh Cobb (c), Jacob Bethell, Joe Clarke (wk), Ben Duckett, David Miller, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Dwaine Pretorius, David Payne, George Scrimshaw, Jake Ball
There is a forecast for overcast skies over London on August 24. The conditions would make batting difficult as the fast bowlers are expected to generate pace and swing with the new ball. The side that bats first in this game would be happy to make 150 runs which can be defended with good bowling.
Lord’s London balances it out between the batsmen and bowlers. There is early assistance in the game for the bowlers but batsmen who stick their ground have done well here in the past. The wicket here doesn’t have much for the spinners as the ball tends to skid instead of gripping the surface.
Most games here in the past have been won by sides that have chased the score. This can be a very difficult wicket to set a score on. The side that wins the toss in this game should have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Welsh Fire need to get their acts together. Their top order has struggled for form and the side would need runs on the board to win this game. Their bowlers would enjoy the conditions at this venue and must take full advantage of it. London Spirit has done well with the bat and the ball. Their key players had performed in the tournament, and this will make them favorites in this contest.
London Spirit to win
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