We have reached the business end of the third season of The Hundred as Manchester Originals will face Southern Brave in the first eliminator fixture on Saturday at Kennington Oval, London. Both teams were in close competition during the league stage and now we expect a thrilling encounter between the two.
Manchester Originals finished second in the point table with 9 points and a net run rate of +0.521. Cricket betting sites have odds for The Hundred tournament with them.
Southern Brave finished in third position with the same number of points as Manchester Originals but displayed a net run rate of +0.061.
Manchester Originals will be recovering from the defeat from their last fixture which was against their eliminator opponent Souther Brave. It was a thrilling game where the bowling unit played a crucial role. Batting first, Jos Buttler gave a stable start to the team as he scored 45 off 42 balls but he will be expected to improve his strike rate in the eliminator match.
Wayne Madsen scored 22 off 16 balls at a strike rate of 137.50. Manchester’s bowlers were unable to stop the opposition from completing the chase. Josh Tongue, Zaman Khan, and Tom Hartly will be expected to do a better job on Saturday.
Joshua Little might make his presence for the team on Saturday as he is relieved from international duties.
Predicted Lineup: Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Laurie Evans, Wayne Madsen, Ashton Turner, Paul Walter, Joshua Little, Calvin Harrison, Tom Hartley, Josh Tongue, Zaman Khan
Bowling first, Southern Brave bowlers kept good control of the game. Tymal Mills picked up 3 wickets with Rehan Ahmed picked up 2 wickets. Chris Jordan and Colin Ackermann picked up one wicket each but displayed a lower economy.
In the batting unit, Devon Conway scored 54 off 40 balls at a strike rate of 135. James Vince scored 33 off 25 at a strike rate of 132. Colin Ackermann’s innings were crucial for the team as he played the role of the finisher and scored 24 off 21 at a strike rate of 114.
Skipper James Vince will be using the same squad for the eliminator match.
Predicted Lineup: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), James Vince (c), Leus du Plooy, Joe Weatherley, Colin Ackermann, Chris Jordan, Mitchell Santner, George Garton, Rehan Ahmed, Tymal Mills
The pitch is well-balanced and is expected to give support to batters. Manchester Originals’ performance has suddenly gotten off the track and the batters are unable to score quick runs.
Southern Brave looks like a well-balanced team with a good bowling attack. However, considering the pitch conditions, Manchester batters will have a huge upper hand and we predict a win for Manchester Originals on Saturday.