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Welsh Fire’s battle to avoid fifth consecutive loss
Southern Brave to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Hundred, 2021 has entered its mots crucial phase and all the sides are aiming at the Top 3 spot to make it to the Eliminator round. The Southern Brave are currently at the 4th spot on the table and come here with a win against the Northern Superchargers. They would aim for a win which would take them to the top of the table. The Welsh Fire were blown away in the last game by Birmingham Phoenix.
After an impressive start to the season Welsh Fire has hit a roadblock with four consecutive losses and this has hurt their confidence. Their batting isn’t working and the bowlers too failed in the last game. The side would need to make a strong recovery in this game to avoid fifth loss of the season and it remains to be seen how they fare in this game.
James Vince’s side comes here with a confident 5-wicket victory against the Northern Superchargers. After a slow start to the tournament the side has looked good having won the last three games in a row. Vince would want his side to make best use of this momentum and exploit the poor form their opponents are going through at the moment.
Openers Paul Stirling and Quinton de Kock are in good form, and this boosts the confidence of the side. They would look to provide an electrifying start in this game. The middle order looks rock solid with Vince, Alex Davies and Ross Whiteley in the side. In George Garton and Colin de Grandhomme, the side has good hitters of the ball to follow.
Stirling and George Garton did well in the last game with the new ball and they will look to exploit the lack of form among the Southern Brave batsmen. Tymal Mills has been at his best and he would have a very important role to play. Danny Briggs, Chris Jordan, de Grandhomme and Jake Lintott add to the bowling options for the skipper.
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
The downhill slide for the Ben Duckett’s side continues as the side comes here after a massive loss against the Birmingham Phoenix. They went down by 93 runs in the last game, their fourth successive loss of the tournament. They are all but out of the contention for a place in the next round and Duckett shall want his side to strike form here and restore their lost pride.
Tom Banton has played poorly right throughout the tournament and the side would need him to provide a good start alongside Ian Cockbain. Duckett too has been on and off with form which is hurting the side and must hold the middle order with Glenn Phillips and Leus du Plooy. James Neesham and Graeme White haven’t scored runs down the order and the side would like to see better efforts from them in this game.
Luke Fletcher stood out with his bowling in the last game and needs to bowl tight spells with David Payne with the new ball who was expensive in the last game. Qais Ahmed has been good so far in the tournament. Given the state of their batting right now the side would need Matt Milnes, Neesham and White to bowl economical spells in the game for the side to win.
Ben Duckett (c), Tom Banton (wk), Ian Cockbain, Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Graeme White, Qais Ahmad, Luke Fletcher, Matt Milnes, David Payne
The skies over Southampton would be cloudy on August 11 and we expect to see challenging batting conditions early on during the game. The ball is expected to move in the air, and this shall force batsmen to play the patient game. The side that bats first here shall have to aim a score of 150 runs.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton is a good surface to bowl on for the fast bowlers as they find assistance from the surface. Batsmen are also able to play their strokes with the ball coming on to the bat nicely here. Spinners haven’t had the best of success here as the wicket doesn’t offer much turn.
Two games have been played here in the tournament and on both the occasions the side chasing the score has won comfortably. There is early assistance for the bowlers here and the pitch becomes easier to bat on in the second innings. The side winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first.
Welsh Fire would be down on confidence after their four consecutive losses. Their batsmen and bowlers fared poorly in the last game and the side would have to make good recovery in both departments of the game. Southern Brave come here with three wins in a row and have won both their home games. As they play in the same venue the side would start favorites in this game.
Southern Brave to win
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