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Southern Brave’s challenge to bounce back after two losses
Oval Invincibles to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Kennington Oval, London, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Oval Invincibles would look to maintain their record at home as they play the defending champions Southern Brave in the 14th game of The Hundred, 2022. The Invincibles come here with a convincing win against the Northern Superchargers, and they would feel confident. Southern Brave lost against the London Spirit, and they would have to win this one.
The Invincibles play at home and the side has lost just once in their home ground in the past. This would make the side confident heading into this game. They have won the last two games by big margins. Southern Brave would feel the heat in this game, and it remains to be seen if they can turn it around after back-to-back losses.
Sam Billings is set to return for this game, and he would find his side in the right frame of mind. They won the last game against the Northern Superchargers by 3 wickets, their second consecutive win of the season. Their opponents are looking down in form and this would make the side confident heading into this game.
Jason Roy must fire at the top as he has missed out in all the games. He must set up a good opening wicket stand with Will Jacks. The middle order is strong for the team, and they would look for runs from the bats of Rilee Rossouw, Billings, and Jordan Cox. Sam Curran adds to the side’s batting firepower with Sunil Narine and Tom Curran in the lower middle order.
Their bowlers went for runs in the last game and the new ball pair of Reece Topley and Danny Brigs must get the side off to a good start. Narine bowled superbly in the last game, and he would be confident. Sam Curran and Tom Curran are experienced bowlers and add to the side’s strength along with Matt Milnes.
Sam Billings (c & wk), Matt Milnes, Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Jordan Cox, Rilee Rossouw, Tom Curran, Recce Topley, Sunil Narine, Danny Briggs
The defending champions find themselves in a state of bother. They have lost the last two games and skipper James Vince would like to see a better show from them in this game. Their batsmen have been inconsistent, and the bowlers have also failed to execute their place. Vince would like to see his side bounce back strongly in this game.
James Vince and Quinton de Kock didn’t score runs in the last game, but they form a strong pair, and a good start would be expected from them. Alex Davies has scored runs this season and makes it a strong middle order with Marcus Stoinis and Tim David. They have good hitters of the ball to follow in Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, and Chris Jordan.
Stoinis has looked in good form with the ball and the side would like to see a good start from him and Michael Hogan in this game. James Fuller and Jake Lintott have done well in the middle overs and the same would be needed from them. Chris Jordan and Rehan Ahmed need to do well in the supporting role.
James Vince (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Alex Davies, Marcus Stoinis, Tim David, Ross Whiteley, James Fuller, Chris Jordan, Rehan Ahmed, Jake Lintott, Michael Hogan
The skies over London would be clear on August 14. The wicket would have little for the bowlers and batting conditions perfect. This is a high-scoring surface where batsmen have been able to play their strokes freely. A score of 160 runs would be on the mind of the side batting first in this game.
Kennington Oval, London is a good venue for the batsmen. The wicket is hard, and the square boundaries are short along with a lightning-fast outfield. The ball comes nicely onto the bat making it easy for stroke play. Fast bowlers have done well with the new ball here, but spinners do find the surface tough to bowl on.
In this format of the game, chasing scores always puts the side at an advantage. Most games in this format have been won by sides that have chased the score with a target in mind. Both captains would have this on their minds, and we expect to see the side winning the toss opting to bowl first.
Southern Brave faces a difficult situation with two straight losses. Their batsmen and bowlers need to show more consistency as the side takes on a confident Oval Invincibles in the latter’s home ground. The Invincibles have their key players in good form, and this would make them confident. They have enjoyed an excellent record at home and shall start favorites.
Oval Invincibles to win
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