The battle for berth in Eliminator between Rockets and Phoenix
Trent Rockets to win
The battle for the top three spots in the points table is on at The Hundred 2021 and this game between the Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix would be an important one for both the sides as they have 8 points each. A win here would nearly guarantee a spot in the next round for either of the teams. Trent Rockets lost to the Oval Invincibles in the last game while the Birmingham Phoenix registered a massive win against the Welsh Fire.
Birmingham Phoenix have showed good form in winning their last three games, but the side has had a dismal record away from home losing all their games so far. This would be a massive challenge for the side as the Trent Rockets haven’t lost a game at home yet. With both the sides having played good cricket so far, we hope to see a great contest here.
It was a poor show by Lewis Gregory’s side in the last game as they went down against the Oval Invincibles by 9 runs. The side failed to chase the score due to the collapse of their top order and this would have hurt the skipper. They are back in their home ground where they have won both their games and shall look to make good use of the home advantage.
Alex Hales and D’Arcy Short bring vast experience to the table and the side would need a good show from them in this game. In the middle order Tom Moores, Dawid Malan and Samit Patel played poorly in the last game, and they will need to improve their show here. Gregory is a big hitter of the ball and shall look to add to the score with Steven Mullaney and Rashid Khan.
Rashid Khan and Samit Patel have been on and off with their form and the side would like both these players to make use of their experience and grab early wickets in the game. Samuel Cook stood out with his tight bowling in the last game, and this would boost the side’s confidence. They would also like to see tighter bowling from Matthew Carter and Timm van der Gugten.
Lewis Gregory (c), D’Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores (wk), Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter, Timm van der Gugten, Samuel Cook
Moeen Ali’s side is looking in perfect form at this important stage of the tournament. The side has won the last three games and come here with a massive 93-run against the Welsh Fire. They are one win away from booking a berth for themselves in the Eliminator round and Ali would like his players to ride the momentum and win this game.
Finn Allen and Will Smeed have been among the runs and the side would look forward to a good start from them here. In Moeen Ali they have a perfect No. 3 and he would look to build partnerships with Liam Livingstone and Chris Benjamin in this game. Benny Howell and Miles Hammond can hit the ball hard and add solidity to the batting.
Adam Milne has been in great form with the ball and the side would like him to strike early in company of Tom Helm. Imran Tahir picked a fifer in the last game, and this would add to his confidence. In Benny Howell, Patrick Brown and Moeen Ali they have a strong bowling combination.
Moeen Ali (c), Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir
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The skies over Nottingham would be partly cloudy on August 13 and this would make the conditions challenging for the batsmen. The track has played slow, and batsmen have struggled with the scoring rate here. The side batting first would aim to reach a score of 150 runs which would be good in these conditions.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is a big ground hence there have been fewer big scores at this venue. Fast bowlers do get the ball to move here in the early overs but the slowness in the surface makes it difficult for the batsmen. Spinners have enjoyed good success at this venue as the ball can turn sharply here.
Both the games played so far at this venue have been low scoring affairs where the side chasing the score has won them. It is a difficult track to score runs and this would be in the minds of both the captains at the toss. The side that wins the toss is likely to opt for bowling first.
It will be a battle of nerves for both the sides. Birmingham Phoenix come into this game with three consecutive wins, but the side has failed to solve the away game jinx. This would be playing in their minds here. Trent Rockets have dominated in the home games and by now have good knowledge of the conditions and have adapted to the slowness of the surface. It will be a tight game but the hosts with better knowledge of the surface would start ahead in the game.
Trent Rockets to win