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Oval Invincibles’ challenge to breach Trent Bridge Fort
Trent Rockets to win
Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: THE HUNDRED | Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The competition has heated up in The Hundred, 2022 with only two points separating the top 4 sides. In this context, this game between the Trent Rockets and Oval Invincibles would be an interesting one. The Rockets lost their last game against the Birmingham Phoenix, their first loss this season. The Oval Invincibles comes here with a convincing win against Southern Brave.
The Trent Rockets had an excellent record at home where they have won all but one game in the last two seasons. They have their openers in good form which is a confidence booster for the side on a challenging wicket. The Invincibles are struggling with the form of their key batsman Jason Roy, and it would be interesting to see if they can breach the Trent Bridge fort.
It was the first instance of a poor performance from Lewis Gregory’s side. They batted poorly at the top and did not execute their plans with the ball to go down against Birmingham Phoenix by 7 wickets. Gregory shall look to put this loss behind them as they take on the Oval Invincibles who have shown excellent form in the tournament.
Alex Hales and Dawid Malan didn’t make runs in the last game, but the pair has been in good form and need to set up a strong opening wicket stand. The middle order is power-packed for the side with Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Ian Cockbain, and Colin Munro being good stroke makers. Gregory and Daniel Sams batted well down the order against Phoenix and make it a strong lower middle order along with Samit Patel.
Luke Wood bowled well in the last game, but the rest of the attack looked ineffective. The side would like to see a good show from Daniel Sams with the new ball. Patel and Tabraiz Shamsi need to bring their experience to play in this game. Gregory and Sam Cook add to the side’s bowling strength.
Lewis Gregory (c), Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Colin Munro, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Ian Cockbain, Samit Patel, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood, Sam Cook, Tabraiz Shamsi
Sam Billings’ side is continuing with its good show. The side comes here with a 7-wicket win against the Southern Brave, their third victory in a row. It was a clinical performance by the side where their bowlers and batsmen did well. It will be a tough game against the Rockets at the latter’s home ground and Billings would like to see a strong effort from his players.
Will Jacks hit a match-winning hundred in the last game, and he would look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Jason Roy who has struggled with his form. Billings, Rilee Rossouw, and Sam Curran make it a strong middle order. The side would like to see quick runs from the likes of Jordan Cox, Tom Curran, and Sunil Narine in this contest.
Their bowlers come to this contest with a good show behind them. Reece Topley and Sam Curran did well with the new ball. Narine has lived up to his name and the side would need a strong performance from him in this game. Danny Brigs, Mohammad Hasnain, and Tom Curran need to do well in the supporting role for the side to win.
Sam Billings (c & wk), Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Curran, Jordan Cox, Rilee Rossouw, Tom Curran, Recce Topley, Sunil Narine, Danny Briggs, Mohammad Hasnain
The skies over Nottingham would be overcast on August 17 and we are likely to see a low-scoring game. The wicket is expected to slow, and this would make it challenging for the batsmen. The side batting first would be happy to have 150 runs on the board which will be a fighting total.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is a big ground and batting isn’t easy. Batsmen must spend time on the crease and accumulate runs at this venue. Fast bowlers do get the ball to move here in the early overs and batting against the new ball is tough. Spinners have enjoyed success at this venue as the ball can turn sharply here.
In this format of the game only once has a side won the game at this venue batting first. We have usually seen low-scoring games here where the side chasing the score always has an advantage. It is a difficult track to defend a score and the side winning the toss shall have no hesitation in bowling first.
Oval Invincibles have done well in the last three games, but the side would be worried about the form of its main batsman Jason Roy. Their opponents have had an excellent record at home in the past and the Invincibles must play their best game to win here. Trent Rockets have looked good other than their poor show in the last game. They play at home and shall start favorites.
Trent Rockets to win
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