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London Spirits’ challenge to end the losing spree
Northern Superchargers to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Lord's, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Hundred, 2021 has entered its most crucial stage with the points table taking its stake. As hosts London Spirit take on the Northern Superchargers at home, they would be under immense pressure to win this game. The side comes here with a loss against the Southern Brave while the Northern Superchargers won their last game against the Oval Invincibles.
The London Spirit is yet to win a game in the season and are stuck at the bottom of the points table for now. They would have to win this game and expect good show from their players against a formidable opponent. It remains to be seen if London Spirit is able to turn things around in this game and move up on the points table.
Eoin Morgan’s side is in deep trouble midway through the group stages. The side has lost all its games and comes here with a 4-run loss against the Southern Brave. They are currently sitting at the bottom of the points table and need to make quick recovery. They must win this game to keep their options open for a place in the Eliminator round.
Adam Rossington and Josh Inglis played brilliantly in the last game setting up a good opening wicket stand, and the side would like to see similar efforts from them. The middle order has been in poor form and the side would expect the trio of Morgan, Joe Denly and Ravi Bopara to fire in this game. They have good strength down the order with Mohammad Nabi and Roelof van der Merwe to follow.
Spirit’s bowling attack needs to deliver considering the poor form their batsmen are in at the moment. Mohammad Nabi and Mohammad Amir need to get early breakthroughs in the game for the side. The side would also expect tight spells in the game from Chris Wood, Blake Cullen and Mason Crane as their opponents have big hitters of the ball in the side.
Eoin Morgan (c), Adam Rossington (wk), Josh Inglis, Mohammad Nabi, Joe Denly, Ravi Bopara, Roelof van der Merwe, Chris Wood, Mohammad Amir, Blake Cullen, Mason Crane
After a string of losses the David Willey’s side finally managed to register its first win of the season. In a close game against the Oval Invincibles the side got over the finishing line with 6 wickets in hand. They would look to carry this momentum and win against London Spirit who are looking in poor form.
Chris Lynn did well in the last game, but his opening partner Adam Lyth is yet to make an impact. The side would need a solid start from them here. Harry Brook has been in good form, and he needs to steer the middle order that has Willey and Dane Vilas. In John Simpson and Jordan Thompson, they have good hitters of the ball in the side.
Their bowlers did well in the last game after poor performances earlier. The side would like new ball pair of Matty Potts and Willey to get early breakthroughs in this game. Adil Rashid hit form in the last game, but the side would be worried with the form of Brydon Carse and Mujeeb ur Rahman as they have been expensive.
David Willey (c), Chris Lynn, Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, John Simpson (wk), Dane Vilas, Jordan Thompson, Brydon Carse, Matty Potts, Adil Rashid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
There is forecast for overcast skies over London on August 03. 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 seen sides chasing the score win the match. 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.
London Spirit are in deep trouble. They messed up the run chase in the last game and the loss would have hurt their confidence. The side would have to make a recovery in this game especially with the bat. Northern Chargers would ne high on confidence after their win in the last game. It is expected to be a close game, but the Superchargers would start nose ahead.
Northern Superchargers to win
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