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Manchester Originals’ test at home against Rockets
Trent Rockets to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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We are into the 11th game of The Hundred, 2022 where Manchester Originals would take on the Trent Rockets. Manchester Originals shall look to make a strong comeback as they play their first game of the season at home. The side had lost to the London Spirit by a big margin in the previous game. The Trent Rockets come here with a big win against Northern Superchargers, and they will feel confident.
Trent Rockets have won both their games and the side has its batsmen in good form. They had defeated the Manchester Originals last season, and this would add to the side’s confidence. The Originals haven’t won a game and their record at home has also been poor. It will be interesting to see if they can turn it around here.
Jos Buttler’s side has its backs against the wall. They have lost both their games and need to make a strong comeback here. They went down by 52 runs against London Spirit in the last game where their batsmen and bowlers failed to execute their game plans. The tournament enters a crucial stage and Buttler who likes leading from the front shall look to register a big win.
Openers Phillip Salt and Jos Buttler make it a formidable opening pair and they shall look to set up a good stand. The middle order has good players and the trio of Wayne Madsen, Laurie Evans and Paul Walter need to do well in this game. Andre Russell adds to the side’s strength down the order, and he must add quick runs with Tristan Stubbs and Sean Abbott in this game.
Sean Abbott and Fred Klaassen must get their lines right with the new ball as this has been a major weakness for the team in both games. Russell and Matthew Parkinson have lots of experience and they have an important role in this game. They would also look for good spells from Hartley, Paul Walter, and Stubbs as the Rockets have a strong batting line-up.
Jos Buttler (c), Philip Salt (wk), Wayne Madsen, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Paul Walter, Tristan Stubbs, Sean Abbott, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Matthew Parkinson
Lewis Gregory’s side had a clean record so far. The side won both the games they played. It was a comprehensive win for the side in their last game against the Northern Superchargers. The side chased a big score winning the game by 7 wickets. Gregory would be aware of Manchester’s strengths, and he would like his side to put up a clinical performance in this game.
Alex Hales and Dawid Malan are in excellent form and the pair shall look to set up a big opening wicket stand in this game. Colin Munro, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and Gregory form a strong middle order and the side would expect runs from them. In Joe Root, Samit Patel, Daniel Sams, and Luke Wood the side has depth in the batting which makes them strong.
Luke Wood and Daniel Sams would have to make good use of the new ball. They had picked wickets in the last game which would make them confident. Tabraiz Shamsi did well in the last game and justified his selection ahead of Rashid Khan. Gregory, Luke Fletcher, and Patel make it a strong attack.
Lewis Gregory (c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Colin Munro, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Joe Root, Samit Patel, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Tabraiz Shamsi
Manchester would have clear skies on August 13. The wicket has been good for batting where batsmen can play their strokes easily. Bowlers have a small margin of error at this venue. The side batting first shall look to put up more than 150 runs on the board to feel confident in this game.
Old Trafford is a good batting surface as the ball hits the bat hard and allows batsmen to play their strokes. We have seen big sores in this venue in the past. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball as there is assistance for them and the larger size of the boundaries makes it one of the easier venues in England for the spinners.
It is the first game of the season at this ground, and we expect to see some assistance for the bowlers in the early overs. Most sides have chosen to bowl first on this surface as the wicket is flat and setting up a score here is a big challenge. Hence, the side that wins the toss here should look to take advantage of this and bowl first.
There would be pressure on the Manchester Originals to win here. They have lost both their games and can’t afford to lose another one here. Their key players shall need to perform in this game for the side to win. Trent Rockets have played well in both games. They are a strong side with the bat and shall like the conditions here. Based on the current form we expect the Rockets to start favorites in this game.
Trent Rockets to win
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