Manchester Originals’ last shot at Eliminator berth
Trent Rockets to win
We are seeing stiff competition in the last phase of league games at The Hundred 2021 where teams are fighting for a place in the next round. This game would be a very important one in this context as Trent Rockets take on the Manchester Originals. The Rockets lost their last game against the Birmingham Phoenix while the Originals too suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Northern Superchargers.
Manchester Originals have won just two games in the tournament so far and have looked inconsistent with their form. Their bowling attack seems to be lacking teeth at the moment and the onus would be on them to do well in this must-win game. Trent Rockets have enjoyed good success at home this season and this would add to their confidence going into the game.
Lewis Gregory’s side is in a spot of bother right now. They have lost the last three out of four games and come here after a 16-run loss against the Birmingham Phoenix. Their bowlers have done poorly in the last few games leading to the losses. This is a must-win game for the side to earn their berth in the Eliminator round of the tournament.
Alex Hales and D’Arcy Short have gone out cheaply in the last few games and the side would like them to fire in this important game. In the middle order Dawid Malan and Samit Patel have fared poorly in the last two games, and they need to fire alongside Steven Mullaney. Gregory, Tom Moores and Rashid Khan add solidity to this line-up down the order and runs would be expected from them.
The side would expect early wickets and tight spells with the new ball from Patel and Samuel Cook who were expensive in the previous game. Rashid Khan hasn’t found his form and the side would want him to get them wickets in this game. The side would also like to see better spells in this game from Matthew Carter and Marchant de Lange.
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
It was a massive loss for Carlos Brathwaite’s side in the last game against the Northern Superchargers. They bowled poorly to concede 200 runs and lost the game by 69 runs. The side still has a remote chance of making it to the next round and would need to register a massive win here to improve their run rate. It will be a tough battle against the Rockets, but Brathwaite would like his side to rise to the challenge.
Openers Phillip Salt and Joe Clarke have scored runs and the side would like to see a strong show from them here. Colin Munro and Colin Ackermann have been inconsistent, and this is causing problems for the side. They would have to set the stage for the likes of Tom Lammonby, Calvin Harrison and Brathwaite to do the big hitting towards the end of the innings.
Their bowlers had a miserable outing in the last game and the side would expect early wickets from Tom Hartley and Calvin Harrison in this game. Lockie Ferguson has looked in good form and he will have a very important role to play in this game. Steven Finn and Brathwaite have vast experience and they have to put it to good use here. With Matthew Parkinson and Ackermann in the mix the side does have variety in this department.
Carlos Brathwaite (c), Philip Salt (wk), Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Colin Ackermann, Tom Lammonby, Calvin Harrison, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Hartley, Steven Finn, Matthew Parkinson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||2.33 k/h||From: SW||90%|
|03h||16||0 mm.||2.57 k/h||From: SW||60%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||3.32 k/h||From: SW||40%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||5.87 k/h||From: WSW||35%|
|12h||21||0 mm.||6.29 k/h||From: WSW||33%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||5.67 k/h||From: WSW||84%|
|18h||17||0 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: WSW||92%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||4.17 k/h||From: W||92%|
The skies over Nottingham would be partly cloudy on August 15 and batsmen are likely to find the surface challenging to score runs on. We have already seen slowness on the surface where batsmen have been forced to be watchful. The side that bats first would be happy to score more than 150 runs here.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is a big ground, and this makes it a challenge for batsmen to cross the boundary ropes as compared to other venues in England. Fast bowlers do get the ball to move when the conditions are slightly overcast. Spinners have enjoyed good record as the large size of the venue works in their favor.
There is early assistance for the bowlers as we have seen in the three games that have been played here. Most games have been low scoring contests as scoring runs is a challenge at this wicket. The side that wins the toss in this game is likely to opt for bowling first on this surface.
Manchester Originals have fared poorly with the ball for most of the tournament. Their batsmen too haven’t been in the best of form, and this is likely to put pressure on the side in this game. Trent Rockets have done well at home winning two out of the three games. They have a stronger batting line-up, and this would put them ahead of the Manchester Originals in this contest.
Trent Rockets to win