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Welsh Fire vs Oval Invincibles, The Hundred Men, Today Match Prediction

Sophia Gardens Cardiff

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Welsh Fire to take on Oval invincibles while both teams try to secure their first win.

  • Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 2 wickets in his allotted quota giving away 25 runs, and a very impressive economy rate of 6.25
  • Hilton Cartwright almost managed to pull off a win with his 42 runs off 23 balls, striking at 182.60.
  • Reece Topley and Sam Curran were economical in their first game, picking up 1 wicket each at economy rates of 6.50 and 7.25 respectively.

We predict that Oval Invincibles will defeat Welsh Fire.

Tournament: The Hundred Men | Format: THE HUNDERED | Venue: Sophia Gardens Cardiff | Toss: To Bowl

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Not a start both the teams would have wanted to start off their campaign in The Hundred, both the teams will be looking to get off the mark as they face off against each other in the 5th match of the season. Welsh Fire suffered a heavy 9 wicket loss in their first game, resulting in a devastating start to the campaign. Whilst scoring 107/7, Ben Duckett scored 40 off 31 balls, which salvage some pride given how the batting lineup crumbled. The bowling was not given much to play with but Adam Zampa was impressive, conceding 20 runs off 15 balls, whilst all the other bowlers went for runs.

Oval Invincibles would be quite disappointing given the star names in their lineup and despite having a far better performance ending up on the losing side. Sunil Narine was a start with the ball picking up 2 wickets in his allotted quota giving away 25 runs. Hilton Cartwright almost managed to pull off a win with his 42 runs off 23 balls, striking at 182.60. A lot will be expected of Jason Roy if the Oval Invincibles want to go far in the tournament.

It will be a fascinating contest as both teams will be eager to register their first win.

Welsh Fire Preview

Not having Jhonny Birstow for the summer has definitely left an irreplaceable hole in the Welsh Fire and it shows. While uncertainties over the likes of David Miller, this Welsh Fire team will need others to raise their hand up if they want to compete in this year's competition. More trouble looms as Pakistani Fast Bowler, Naseem Shah also pulls out of the tournament following a National Team Call up.

As lacklustre as it gets, the team will definitely want to forget about the first game of the competition as Southern Brave ran past them, and posted a 9 wicket victory. As far as positives go, there was nothing much to cheer about but Ben Duckett’s 40 off 31 balls was the highlight performance for them. Adam Zampa looked mighty impressive. He did not pick up a wicket but was very economical and Welsh Fire will hope he delivers from them this season.

Key Players: Adam Zampa, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Tom Banton

Welsh Fire Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Banton(w), Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Sam Hain, Ollie Pope, Josh Cobb(c), Ryan Higgins, Adam Zampa, Jake Ball, David Payne, Noor Ahmad

Oval Invincibles Preview

One of the most strongest and experienced sides in the competition would not have expected how things turned out for them in the season opener for them. Losing by a fine margin of 3 runs will definitely hurt them, as they would see it as 2 easy points lost given the kind of lineup they have. What would have disappointed the Oval Invincibles, is the seasoned international players not firing with the bat.

Jason Roy will again be the man in question given his poor run of form this English summer, while the team will be very pleased with Hilton Cartwright’s performance and will want him to keep firing. The team will also need Captain Sam Billings to fire, as he plays a crucial role in the middle order. The bowling looked in sublime form, led by Sunil Narine who was the pick of the bowlers, well supported by Reece Topley and Sam Curran. 

The Oval Invincibles will want to forget the last game and make sure to get off on the points table with a win against Welsh Fire.

Key Players: Sunil Narine, Sam Curran, Sam Billings, Jason Roy

Oval Invincibles Predicted Playing XI:

Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sam Billings(w/c), Sam Curran, Jordan Cox, Hilton Cartwright, Tom Curran, Reece Topley, Mohammad Hasnain, Sunil Narine, Danny Briggs

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Weather Conditions

The weather will be perfect for cricket, with a 1-2% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 24°C - 13°C range.

Venue Details

The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff has a decent crowd capacity of around 15,500 people. The stadium, however, does not have a history of producing high-scoring scorchers but low-scoring thrillers which could make the game fascinating to watch.

Toss: To Bowl

As is the formula in the shortest format of the game, teams will look to win the toss and bowl first. As it is quite early in the tournament and also the ground is famous for teams chasing winning the game, bowling first will be the way to go after winning the toss.

The Oval Invincibles lost by a fine margin in the first game, they would definitely want to bounce back as quickly as possible and they have the star names that are quite capable of doing so. On the other hand, Welsh Fire will look to put up a better show than they did in the first outing and get started on the points table. As resilient as Welsh Fire might be, the Oval Invincibles should win this game comfortably given the absentees in the Welsh Fire squad.

We predict that Oval Invincibles will defeat Welsh Fire.


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