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Battle for supremacy between Southern Brave and Invincibles
Southern Brave Women to win
Tournament: The Hundred Women | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
It is the 30th game in The Hundred Women’s Competition, 2021 and the best two sides would fight it out for supremacy. Southern Brave Women have looked in incredible form throughout the season and come here with a massive win against the Welsh Fire Women. The Oval Invincibles also look in great form after their 8-wicket victory against the London Spirit Women in the last game.
Southern Brave Women have won six out of the seven games they have played this season and have been undefeated so far at home in the three games. They are already into the next round and shall look to stamp their authority in this game. Oval Invincibles Women are no pushovers, and the side would like to win this game which shall serve as a massive confidence booster.
Anya Shrubsole’s side has shown tremendous form so far winning six out of the seven games the side has played. It was yet another dominating performance from them in the last game against Welsh Fire Women where they won by 39 runs. They have already made it to the final and the side would be aiming to gain momentum with a win here before the big game.
Danielle Wyatt and Smriti Mandhana set up a 107-run opening wicket stand in the last game and similar show would be expected from them here. In the middle order Stafanie Taylor and Sophia Dunkley have been in great form and the side would like to see big hits from them. In Maia Boucher, Amanda Wellington, and Anya Shrubsole the side has good strength down the order.
Anya Shrubsole and Lauren Bell have been excellent with the ball this tournament and they would have to get early wickets with Invincibles Women having a strong top order. Fi Morris and Amanda Wellington have bowled tight lines and the same would be needed from them here in the game. Tara Norris and Wyatt add good strength to the side down the order.
Anya Shrubsole (c), Danielle Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana, Sophia Dunkley, Stafanie Taylor, Maia Bouchier, Amanda Wellington, Fi Morris, Carla Rudd (wk), Lauren Bell, Tara Norris
Dane van Niekerk’s side comes into this contest with a massive win. It was a good show by their bowlers who kept the London Spirit Women to a small total and batters played the complimentary role. They have a big challenge on hands against the best side in the tournament and a win here would add to their confidence ahead of the Eliminator round.
Georgia Adams and Dane van Niekerk have done well as a pair at the top and similar show would be expected from them in this game. In the middle order Marizanne Kapp and Fran Wilson are also looking in good form. They have good hitters of the ball down the order in Alice Capsey, Mady Villiers and Natasha Farrant and runs would be expected from them in this important game.
Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp have lots of experience and they would be confident after their tight performances in the last game. Dane van Niekerk and Farrant have also done well, and it will be a big challenge for them here. They would also hope to see good show from the likes of Capsey, Mady Villiers and Grace Gibbs in this game given the kind of form Southern Brave Women are in right now.
Dane van Niekerk (c), Georgia Adams, Fran Wilson, Marizanne Kapp, Alice Capsey, Mady Villiers, Natasha Farrant, Grace Gibbs, Joanne Gardner, Sarah Bryce (wk), Shabnim Ismail
The skies over Southampton would be overcast on August 15 and batters are likely to face a challenge in the early overs of the game. Fast bowlers would enjoy the conditions here as the ball is expected to move. The side batting first in this game would be happy to make 140 runs or more under these conditions.
The Rose Bowl, Southampton is a good surface to bowl with the new ball as there is seam movement and swing on offer. Batters have to spend their time at the crease, and they can play their strokes as we have seen in the last few games. It hasn’t been the best venue for the spinners as the ball tends to skid on with little movement on offer.
There is early assistance for the bowlers on this surface and batters can’t force the scoring rate. In the past we have seen most teams win here chasing scores when they have a target in mind. Hence, the side that wins the toss in this game shall have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
It is expected to be a cracker of a contest between the best two sides of the tournament. Oval Invincibles Women have looked in great form, but they are up against the best side, and it will be a test of character for the side in this game. Southern Brave Women look unstoppable, and they have won all the three games that have played in this venue so far and this would make them outright favorites to win this game.
Southern Brave Women to win
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