The battle of ego between the Brave and the Rockets
Trent Rockets to win
We are into the Eliminator game of The Hundred, 2021 and Southern Brave would be taking on the Trent Rockets. Both the sides come into this contest with their confidence high. The Southern Brave registered a massive win against the Oval Invincibles in their last game while the Trent Rockets bowled brilliantly to win against the Manchester Originals.
The two sides have met once earlier in the season where the Trent Rockets had won by 9 wickets. This would surely add to the confidence of the Rockets going into this game. However, they would be aware of the kind of form the Southern Brave have displayed in recent games and shall need to put in their best to win here. Considering the form of the two sides, we expect this to be a good game.
James Vince would proud of the way his side has played in the last few games. They had started with two consecutive defeats but since then have won all their five games. It was a good show in their last game against the Oval Invincibles where they won by 6 wickets. They had lost to the Trent Rockets earlier in the season and Vince would like to erase that memory with a win here.
The side would expect an electrifying start to this game from openers Paul Stirling and Quinton de Kock with de Kock looking in great form. Vince has scored runs in the tournament and shall look to build partnerships in the middle order with Ales Davies and George Garton. In Ross Whiteley and Colin de Grandhomme, they have a very powerful lower middle order and runs would be expected from them.
Their new ball pair of Danny Briggs and Garton need to grab early wickets considering the form Trent Rockets batsmen have been in the tournament. In Tymal Mills they have someone who has produced good performances throughout the tournament and a brilliant show would be expected from him. Jake Lintott, Chris Jordan and Stirling add variety to this attack and make them a strong bowling attack.
James Vince (c), Paul Stirling, Quinton de Kock (wk), Alex Davies, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Whiteley, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Jake Lintott
Lewis Gregory’s side were staring down the barrel after a series of poor performances, but they made a strong comeback in the last game defeating the Manchester Originals by 7 wickets to make their entry into the Eliminator. Their bowling attack is looking strong, and this would add to the side’s confidence here. Gregory would want his side to produce a good show and march into the final.
Openers Alex Hales and Dawid Malan look in good form and they shall look to lay a strong platform opening the batting for the side. In the middle order the side has good strength with Steven Mullaney, D’Arcy Short and Samit Patel having runs under their belt. The side would also look forward to quick scoring from the trio of Gregory, Tom Moores and Rashid Khan down the order.
They will be up against an in-form batting line up and new ball bowlers Samit Patel and Samuel Cook need to produce a good show here. Rashid Khan is looking at his best and the side would depend on him to win the game for them. Matthew Carter and Marchant de Lange have also bowled tight lines and the presence of Mullaney adds to the side’s bowling strength.
Lewis Gregory (c), D’Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Samuel Cook
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||17||0.27 mm.||2.34 k/h||From: SW||75%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||2.26 k/h||From: WSW||71%|
|06h||15||0 mm.||1.85 k/h||From: WSW||49%|
|09h||18||0 mm.||2.41 k/h||From: WSW||28%|
|12h||23||0 mm.||2.85 k/h||From: WSW||32%|
|15h||25||0 mm.||3.23 k/h||From: SW||34%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||3.63 k/h||From: SSW||65%|
|21h||19||0 mm.||2.59 k/h||From: SW||100%|
London would see partial clouds in the sky on August 20 and this is likely to make the ball move around a bit in the air. The batting conditions won’t be the easiest here and batsmen would have to play with caution. A score of 150 runs would be a good total for the side batting first to defend.
Kennington Oval, London is a bowler friendly surface where we have seen fast bowlers generate decent movement. Batsmen who spend time on the crease and rotate the strike have done well here in the past. Spinners have had tough time bowling on this surface as there isn’t much assistance for them.
We have seen close games on this surface where the new ball bowlers have had something to cheer about. Chasing runs on this surface has been easy compared to putting up runs on the board. The side winning the toss should have no hesitation in bowling first.
It will be a high-pressure contest as the loser would have to pack their bags. Both the sides come here with their confidence high but Southern Brave would have to watch out for their bowling which hasn’t been the most consistent while the Trent Rockets have one of the best bowling attacks. The game is expected to go down the wire but Rockets with their bowling attack shall start favorites here.
Trent Rockets to win