We are now into the final stage of the third edition of the Hundred Tournament. This season has been really exciting and thrilling. We have seen teams lose the match from a solid position, whereas teams win from being nowhere in the match. Rain has also played a spoilsport this season, completely washing out four matches.
This match on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, is going to be a must-win game for both the Manchester Originals and the Southern Brave. The team winning this match will make their case for reaching the playoffs strong.
Manchester Originals have two matches left and are currently on seven points, whereas Southern Brave have a single match left and are also on seven points. If the Brave fail to win this match, they will be knocked out of the tournament. In their previous match, the Manchester Originals showed complete dominance against the Trent Rockets and won.
The Southern Brave lost their previous match against the Oval Invincibles from a commanding position. We expect this Northern Derby match to be a thriller of all sorts because of the weight this match holds in the context of this tournament. The match will be played at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
Manchester Originals have found their perfect 11, but in the last match they had to make a forced change. They brought in Zaman Khan in place of Joshua Little, who left The Hundred for national duties. Max Holden also came back to the team after a break in place of Ben Raine. They are expected to play the same team in this match.
We don't expect any changes in the starting XI for the Manchester Originals.
Predicted Lineup: Phil Salt, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Laurie Evans, Max Holden, Ashton Turner, Paul Walter, Jamie Overton, Usama Mir, Tom Hartley, Josh Tongue, and Zaman Khan
The Southern Brave have not made any changes to their team in the previous two matches. They have a very balanced side with a good mix of overseas and domestic players. Tim David played a blinder in the previous game, but it was not meant to be. They are also expected to go with the same playing 11 in this match.
No changes are expected in the starting XI.
Predicted Lineup: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), James Vince (c), Leus du Plooy, Colin Ackermann, Tim David, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Rehan Ahmed, Craig Overton, and Tymal Mills
We expect the Manchester Originals to win this match against the Southern Brave on Wednesday. They look like a more balanced team on paper and have winning momentum.
The Southern Brave will give a tough fight to the hosts, but the hosts are anticipated to come out stronger. A win in this match will almost certainly secure a playoff spot for either of these teams.