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Originals’ quest for sixth consecutive win and place in final
Manchester Originals to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the Eliminator game in The Hundred, 2022 and the Manchester Originals would be taking on the London Spirit in a knockout contest. Manchester Originals come here with a big win against table toppers Oval Invincibles, and they would be confident. London Spirit went down against the Birmingham Phoenix in their last game.
London Spirit is struggling with form and the side has lost the last three out of four games it has played. They are likely to have some negative thoughts in their mind and need to overcome them to win here. Manchester Originals are riding great form with five consecutive wins, and they would look to push it further. There would be pressure on both teams, and it remains to be seen who among them joins Oval Invincibles in the final.
Laurie Evans’ side is going strong. They had started the tournament with three losses but have won five games since then. It was a clinical performance from the side in the last game against the Oval Invincibles which they won by 6 wickets. Evans would like his side to continue with the same momentum and earn a place in the final.
Phillip Salt and Evans would look to set up a big opening wicket stand in this game. Wayne Madsen played a match-winning knock against Invincibles, and he needs to add runs with Tristan Stubbs and Ashton Turner in the middle order. Tom Lammonby, Tom Hartley, and Richard Gleeson are good hitters of the ball, and they need to put their skills to good use in this game.
Their bowlers returned to form when it mattered most. The side would expect good bowling with the new ball from Joshua Little and Tom Hartley. Tristan Stubbs, Gleeson, and Paul Walter are experienced bowlers, and the side would like to see them keep the London Spirit batters quiet. Matthew Parkinson, Turner, and Lammonby add to the team’s bowling options.
Laurie Evans (c), Philip Salt (wk), Wayne Madsen, Andre Russell, Tristan Stubbs, Paul Walter, Colin Ackermann, Tom Hartley, Matthew Parkinson, Mitchell Stanley, Joshua Little
Eoin Morgan’s side seems to have lost its way. The side started with four straight wins, but they have dropped in form. The side comes here with a 1-wicket loss against Birmingham Phoenix, their third loss in the last four games. Morgan would like his side to deliver the goods when it matters the most.
Adam Rossington has missed out in the last few games, and he must deliver a good start with Zak Crawley in this game. Ben McDermott, Morgan, and Daniel Lawrence make the middle order strong for the team. Ravi Bopara would feel confident after his excellent knock in the last game, and he needs to add runs with Jordan Thompson and Liam Dawson during the final balls of the game.
Liam Dawson did well with the ball against the Phoenix. He will need to come up with a good spell sharing the new ball with Brad Wheal. Thompson and Nathan Ellis haven’t been in the best of shape, and they have a very important role here. The side would also expect good spells from Mason Crane and Lawrence in the supporting role.
Eoin Morgan (c), Adam Rossington (wk), Zak Crawley, Ben McDermott, Daniel Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Jordan Thompson, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Brad Wheal, Mason Crane
The skies over Southampton would be cloudy and there are predictions for heavy showers during this game. Batting conditions have always been challenging at this venue and the weather is expected to make it easier for the bowlers. The side that bats first here shall have to aim for a score of 150 runs.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton is a dream venue for the fast bowlers as the wicket has always aided them. Batsmen who are watchful and adjust to the pace of the wicket have also done well in the past. Spinners haven’t had the best of success here as the wicket isn’t conducive to spin bowling.
Chasing scores has always been a safe choice at this venue and we have seen sides preferring to bowl first. The weather would also play an important role in the toss as we might see rain during the game. The side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first.
London Spirit has a mountain to climb. The side has lost its form at the worst possible time in the tournament. Their batting hasn’t clicked in the last few games they will need a good show from their key players to win here. Manchester Originals have momentum on their side and have a strong bowling attack. This would put them ahead of the London Spirit in this contest.
Manchester Originals to win
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