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Manchester Originals’ search for first win at home
Manchester Originals to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the 16th game of The Hundred, 2022 and this will be an interesting contest. Both Manchester Originals and Welsh Fire have lost the three games they have played and would be desperate for a win here. Manchester Originals lost against Trent Rockets despite putting up a big score. The Welsh Fire come here with a loss against Birmingham Phoenix.
Manchester Originals have their openers in good form, and this is a confidence booster for the side. They play at home where the batting conditions would be excellent, and the side shall look to take advantage of it. Welsh Fire lack strength both with the bat as well as the ball and it remains to be seen if they can avoid a fourth straight loss in this game.
Jos Buttler would be extremely upset with his bowlers. It was a shameful loss for the side against the Trent Rockets as they failed to defend a total of 189 runs losing the game by 8 wickets. This is their last chance to remain in the hunt for a place in the eliminator round and Buttler would like his players to play to their best ability.
They would like to see a solid start in this game from Phillip Salt and Jos Buttler who are a strong opening pair. In the middle order, the side has good players in Andre Russell, Tristan Stubbs, and Laurie Evans and they would look to add quick runs. Paul Walter, Wayne Madsen, and Sean Abbott shall look to do the big-hitting in the game
Their bowlers were hammered to all parts of the park in the last game and need to make a recovery here. Sean Abbott and Fred Klaassen must trouble the Welsh Fire top order in this game. Matthew Parkinson, Tom Hartley, and Paul Walter have to do well in the middle overs. Russell is an experienced bowler, and he needs to deliver in this game.
Jos Buttler (c), Philip Salt (wk), Wayne Madsen, Laurie Evans, Andre Russell, Paul Walter, Tristan Stubbs, Sean Abbott, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Matthew Parkinson
Josh Cobb’s side is staring down the barrel. The side has lost all three games and come here with a 4-run loss against Birmingham Phoenix. Cobb would be extremely upset with the last game’s loss as they failed to chase 131 runs for a victory. One more loss would make it difficult for the side to make it to the next round and Cobb shall like to inspire confidence in his team for this game.
Tom Banton is the best batsman for the team, and he has to set up a good opening wicket stand with Joe Clarke. Sam Hain, Ben Duckett, and David Miller are good players, and they shall have to make use of their skills in this game against a strong opponent. Cobb, Dwaine Pretorius, and Adam Zampa shall need to add quick runs down the order for the side to win this game.
David Payne bowled well in the last game, and he will have to deliver early blows in the game along with Pretorius. Jake Ball and George Scrimshaw have an important role in the middle overs for the team. Cobb and Zampa shall look to keep the scoring rate under check in the middle overs for the side to win.
Josh Cobb (c), Joe Clarke (wk), Tom Banton, Sam Hain, Ben Duckett, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Adam Zampa, David Payne, Jake Ball, George Scrimshaw
There are predictions for rains in Manchester on August 16 and we would be lucky to have a complete game. The wicket is good for batting and batsmen can play their strokes easily as we have already seen. Bowlers have a small margin of error at this venue. The side that bats first in this game would be happy with a score of 170 runs.
Old Trafford is a good batting surface. The ball comes to the bat nicely and this allows batsmen to play their strokes freely. We have seen big sores in this venue in the past. Fast bowlers do well with the new ball, but it is a tough venue for the spinners as the wicket doesn’t let them turn the ball.
Two games have been played at this venue and on both occasions, the side chasing the score has registered big wins. It is an extremely challenging venue to set a score and defend it. Both captains shall have this on their minds at the toss. The side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first in this game.
Both sides are in trouble as they hunt for their first win of the season. Welsh Fire have suffered due to the lack of form among their key batsmen. Their key players shall need to take more responsibility in this game. The Manchester Originals are also down in form and need their players to deliver in this game. The Originals have batted well and play at their home ground. This would make them favorites in this contest.
Manchester Originals to win
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