Battle for 3rd place in points table between Invincibles and Welsh Fire
Oval Invincibles to win
We are seeing good competition in The Hundred, 2021 and there is a tough battle going in for a standing in the points table. In this context this game between Oval Invincibles and Welsh Fire would be a crucial one for both the sides. The Invincibles lost their last game against the Northern Superchargers and shall look to do well at home. The Welsh Fire too come here with a loss against Manchester Originals.
Welsh Fire would be missing their skipper Jonny Bairstow who is currently with the English side, and this is a big loss for the side as he was their mainstay with the bat. Oval Invincibles had won their previous game at home and as they return to their fort this will be a confidence booster for the side. They shall look to win here and move up on the points table.
Sam Billings’ side struggled with the bat in their last game against the Northern Superchargers and lost it by 6 wickets. The side could merely post a total of 127 runs on the board, and it was never going to be enough against a strong batting line-up. Billings would want to win this game and move ahead of the Welsh Fire in the points table.
Jason Roy did well in the last game but there was hardly any support for him at the other end. He will look to start the innings well with Will Jacks. In the middle order the side has good strength and the likes of Sunil Narine, Colin Ingram and Billings shall have to make quick runs. Laurie Evans and Tom Curran are good hitters of the ball, and they need to make good use of their skills in this game.
Sunil Narine and Saqib Mahmood did well with the ball in the last game and similar show would be needed from them here. The side would be however look for better efforts in the middle overs from Reece Topley, Tom Curran and Tabraiz Shamsi in this game as they were expensive in the last game.
Sam Billings (c & wk), Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Jordan Clark, Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood
Ben Duckett who is leading in the absence of Jonny Bairstow saw his side going down by 7 wickets in the last game against Manchester Originals. Their bowlers had a poor day at the office after the batsmen had put up a decent score on the board. This game is expected to be a tough one and Duckett would like to see better efforts from his players.
The side would need a good start from Tom Banton and Joshua Cobb as they went out cheaply in the last game. The middle order looks solid with Duckett, Glenn Phillips and Leus du Plooy scoring runs in the last game. In James Neesham, Matthew Critchley and Ryan Higgins, the side has good hitters of the ball down the order, and this makes their batting formidable.
Their bowlers had an ordinary outing in the last game and the side would like to see early wickets from David Payne and Jake Ball here. Qais Ahmed has been the most consistent bowler for the side and has an important role to play in this game. In James Neesham, Ryan Higgins and Matthew Critchley the side has good variety in its attack.
Ben Duckett (c), Tom Banton (wk), Joshua Cobb, Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Matthew Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Qais Ahmad, Jake Ball, David Payne
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||13||0.31 mm.||2.84 k/h||From: NE||66%|
|03h||13||0.12 mm.||2.16 k/h||From: NE||77%|
|06h||13||0 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: NE||88%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: ENE||88%|
|12h||20||0 mm.||2.09 k/h||From: NE||71%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||2.23 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|18h||18||0 mm.||1.6 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|21h||16||0 mm.||1.08 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
There is forecast for cloudy skies and in London on August 02, and the batting conditions would be tough to begin with. Batsmen would have to mix caution with aggression as the new ball is expected to move. A score of 150 runs or above would be a good one on this surface.
Kennington Oval, London is a good venue for the batsmen as the ball comes nicely onto the bat and it allows them to play their strokes easily. The shorter square boundaries also make is easy to score runs. Fast bowlers have done well with the new ball here, but spinners do find the surface tough to bowl on.
The last game played here saw the batsmen struggle initially as there was some movement off the surface. The wicket eased as the game progressed. The side winning the toss in this game would like to bowl first and take advantage of the surface.
Welsh Fire’s batting strength has significantly reduced in the absence of Jonny Bairstow, and this is a big headache for the side. Their bowlers too come into this game after a poor show in the last game. Oval Invincibles on the other hand have a very strong bowling attack and playing at home they would start ahead of Welsh Fire in this game.
Oval Invincibles to win