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Welsh Fire vs Birmingham Phoenix, The Hundred Men, Today Match Prediction

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales

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Welsh Fire’s search for first win of the season

  • Birmingham Phoenix defeated defending champions Southern Brave by a big margin in the last game
  • Welsh Fire’s batsmen are out of form and the side has scored 107 and 119 in the two games it has played
  • Birmingham Phoenix batsman Will Smeed scored a hundred in the last game, and he would feel confident

Birmingham Phoenix to win

Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: 100-BALL CRICKET | Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales | Toss: To Bat

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Welsh Fire would be under pressure as they take on the Birmingham Phoenix at home in the 12th game of The Hundred, 2022. They went down by a big margin against the Oval Invincibles in the last game and need to make a strong comeback. Birmingham Phoenix looks in great form and they would be confident after their win against last year’s champions Southern Brave.  

Welsh Fire has performed poorly in both games. Their batsmen are yet to strike form, and this poses a massive challenge for the side in this game. Birmingham Phoenix made a strong statement in the last game, and they have a strong batting line-up. Welsh Fire needs to produce a special effort to win this game.

Welsh Fire Preview

It has been big losses for Welsh Fire in both their games and they would need to make a strong comeback. Josh Cobb’s side went down by 39 runs against the Oval Invincibles in their last game. Another loss would make it difficult for the side to progress to the next round. Cobb would like his team to bounce back and put up a strong show in front of their home crowd.  

Tom Banton and Joe Clarke need to convert their starts as their batting line-up has looked in poor form. Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Joshua Cobb shall have important roles to play in the middle order as they take on a strong bowling unit. Down the order, Adam Zampa and Ryan Higgins must deliver with the bat as their top order hasn’t looked in the best shape.  

David Payne and Jake Ball must strike early as the Phoenix have a strong batting line-up. Adam Zampa is a smart bowler, and the side would like to see him make effective use of his variations. George Scrimshaw and Higgins shall need to deliver their best in the supporting role as the Phoenix batsmen would come hard at them.

Welsh Fire Predicted Playing XI:

Ben Duckett (c), Tom Banton, Joe Clarke (wk), Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, David Miller, Ryan Higgins, Adam Zampa, David Payne, Jake Ball, George Scrimshaw

Birmingham Phoenix Preview

Moeen Ali’s side registered a big win in their last game. They ticked all the boxes with the bat and the ball to defeat the defending champions Southern Brave by 53 runs in the last game. They have a strong batting line-up and Ali would like it to do well. A win in this game would help them improve their position on the points table.  

Will Smeed hit a brilliant century in the last game, and he would look to set up a good opening wicket partnership with Chris Benjamin. Matthew Wade, Liam Livingstone, and Moeen Ali make it a strong middle order and the trio shall look to do well in this game. Miles Hammond, Benny Howell, and Tom Helm shall look to put together quick runs in this game.  

Tom Helm and Kane Richardson delivered early wickets in the last game and the pair shall look to do well in this game. Henry Brooks shall be confident after his 5-wicket spell in the last game and needs to deliver a similar performance here. Imran Tahir, Benny Howell, and Ali are experienced bowlers, and the side would have big expectations from them here. 

Birmingham Phoenix Predicted Playing XI:

Moeen Ali (c), Will Smeed, Miles Hammond, Liam Livingstone, Chris Benjamin (wk), Dan Mousley, Benny Howell, Henry Brooks, Tom Helm, Kane Richardson, Imran Tahir

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
20
0 mm.
2.71 k/h
From: ENE
0%
03h
20
0 mm.
3.88 k/h
From: NE
0%
06h
20
0 mm.
4.04 k/h
From: NE
1%
09h
23
0 mm.
5.46 k/h
From: ENE
31%
12h
29
0 mm.
4.45 k/h
From: ENE
48%
15h
32
0 mm.
3.13 k/h
From: NE
71%
18h
29
0 mm.
5.53 k/h
From: SSW
83%
21h
23
0 mm.
1.19 k/h
From: WSW
100%

Weather Conditions

The skies over Cardiff shall be clear on August 13 and the ball would come onto the bat nicely.  The wicket would be flat and as in the past batsmen shall play their strokes with ease. The side batting first in the game would need 150 runs or more on the board to feel comfortable.

Venue Details

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff is a big ground, but the wicket is flat. This allows the batsmen to play their strokes easily. There is a hint of swing in the surface early in the game and fast bowlers have done well. Spinners enjoy bowling here as the large boundaries allow them to toss the ball in the air.

Toss: To Bat

Big scores have been put up at this venue and batsmen enjoy the conditions. The wicket gets slower as the game progresses as we had seen in the last game that was played here. The two captains would have this on their minds and the side winning the toss is likely to have no hesitation in opting to bat first.

Welsh Fire faces a massive challenge going into this contest. Their batsmen must do well after unimpressive performances in the last two games. The bowling attack would also have to be on its toes as their opponents have a very strong batting line-up. The Birmingham Phoenix have their batsmen and bowlers in good form and this would put them ahead in the game.

Birmingham Phoenix to win

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