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Welsh Fire vs Manchester Originals, The Hundred Men, Today Match Prediction 31 July 2021

Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

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Will Welsh Fires continue their unbeaten streak of this league against Manchester Originals?

  • Captain Jonny Bairstow is looking in great touch for Welsh Fires and he has scored 128 runs in his last 2 innings for his team.
  • Matt Parkinson is leading the Manchester Originals’ spin attack in this league and he has taken 5 wickets in his last 2 innings.
  • Welsh Fires are still unbeaten in this league while Manchester Originals have lost 1 game from the 3 they played.

We predict that Welsh Fires will defeat Manchester Originals.

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

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Welsh Fires will face Manchester Originals in their third match of The Hundred tournament on 31st July at Cardiff. Both teams have built strong squads for this new format of cricket and will try to win this game to book their spots in the playoffs round.

With 2 wins from 2 games, Welsh Fires are at the 2nd place in the points table with 4 points in 2 games whereas, Manchester Originals won 1 game and their 1 game went resultless from the total 3 games they played so far. With 3 points in their account, they are in 3rd place in this table. Both teams are looking strong with few T20 specialists in their squads and they are looking in superb form after a good domestic season of Vitality Blast. Now they have got used to this new format of cricket.

Welsh Fire Preview

After defeating Northern Superchargers and Southern Brave in straight two games of this league, Welsh Fires are all set to tackle the challenge of Manchester Originals in their 3rd game to continue their winning momentum. With the help of Jonny Bairstow’s 56 from 36 balls with the bat and superb spell of 4 wickets for 13 runs in 20 balls, Welsh Fires have easily surpassed the challenge of Northern Superchargers on their first match. To continue their winning streak, they have defeated Southern Brave in their second game.

Again in the second match, captain Jonny Bairstow led his team from the front and scored a fiery 72 runs from 39 balls. To help him, Ben Duckett played a good knock of 53 runs from 34 balls to put 165 runs on the board in 100 balls. But this time, James Neesham came for the rescue while defending the target and took 3 wickets for just 5 runs. With good depth in the balling as well as batting, Welsh Fires will look forward to beating Manchester Originals in this game which will be played at Cardiff on 31st July. Now they will try to book their place in the knockout stage of the league.

Key players for Welsh Fires: Jonny Bairstow, James Neesham, Matt Critchley, Jake Ball.

Welsh Fire Predicted Playing XI:

Jonny Bairstow(c, wk), Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Ian Cockbain, Matt Critchley, Josh Cobb, Quis Ahmed, Jake Ball, David Payne.

Manchester Originals Preview

Manchester Originals made a strong comeback in the second game after losing the first one against Oval Invincibles. With 3 points from 3 matches, they are at 3rd place in the points table and will try to beat Welsh Fires to be in the top 2. Although they bowled well in the first match to restrict Oval Invincible on 145 runs with the help of Fred Klassen’s 3 wickets for 23 runs and Tom Hartley’s 2 wickets for 24 runs, they failed to chase down the target as their middle order collapsed terribly in front of Oval’s bowling.

In the next match against Birmingham Phoenix, they made a solid comeback to an all-out opponent just on 87 runs. Matt Parkinson dismissed top-notch t20 specialists of the opposite squad by bowling a brilliant spell of 4 wickets for just 9 runs. Carlos Brathwaite also took 2 wickets for 13 runs to help Parkinson. Manchester won that game by 6 wickets. The overall team is looking very strong with a super spin attack as well as good death bowling strength in their squad. They will try to execute their whole squad’s strength in this game against Welsh Fires on 31st July to take a place in the top 2.

Key players for Manchester Originals: Jos Buttler, Colin Munro,  Fred Klassen, Matt Parkinson.

Manchester Originals Predicted Playing XI:

Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Tom Lammonby, Calvin Harrison, Carlos Brathwaite, Tom Hartley, Fred Klassen, Steven Finn, Matt Parkinson.

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Weather Conditions

The weather will be partly cloudy on the 31st of July, with a 20-30% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 21°C -14°C  range.

Venue Details

Sofia Garden in Cardiff will host this match. This ground is one of the prime grounds in England and has a capacity of 15000. The ground has conducted a few international games as well as it is mainly used for domestic purposes.

Toss: To Bowl

This ground has not conducted any game of this new format of the game previously but conducted 8 T20I matches. This ground is mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch favors batters, and it’s easy to chase the targets on this ground. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.

Both teams have good strength in the bowling department so batting skills will be the source of a win in this game. Welsh Fires are mostly dependent on their opening and middle-order batting lineup where Jonny Bairstow and Ben Duckett are performing well, on the other hand, Manchester’s middle order is struggling in this new format and that might help Welsh Fires to beat Manchester Originals.

We predict that Welsh Fires will defeat Manchester Originals.


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