The Hundred is back with its third edition in both men’s and women’s categories. The first two editions were huge successes in this new format of cricket, as fans loved the tournament structure and format. The tournament this time around is all set to begin on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, with a mouth-watering opening clash between the Trent Rockets and the Southern Brave.
The match will be played in Nottingham at 11:00 p.m. IST on Tuesday night. The format of the league is simple: each team will get to play a total of 100 balls in their innings, with the first 25 balls being the powerplay. A bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls as he will bowl five balls at a time. The batting ends will change after every 10 balls. The top bookmakers have The Hundred Odds on their platforms.
Trent Rockets and Southern Brave, both have been champions of this tournament before, Southern Brave won The Hundred in the inaugural edition (winners in 2021), whereas Trent Rockets are the defending champions of The Hundred (winners in 2022). The match between these two teams will be a treat for cricket fans around the world. There are going to be a lot of mini-battles in this encounter on Tuesday.
The Trent Rockets have a solid lineup in this competition. They will be led by Lewis Gregory, who was the captain for the franchise in the last edition of the Hundred. Joe Root is the centrally contracted test player in their squad, whereas their overseas roster includes big names such as Rashid Khan, Daniel Sams, Colin Munro, and Brad Wheal.
Joe Root is likely to miss the opening encounter of the tournament.
Predicted Lineup: Colin Munro, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Moores (wk), Daniel Sams, Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Sam Cook, and John Turne
The team of the Southern Brave is also looking good for the upcoming season of The Hundred. They have good domestic bowlers such as Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, and George Garton. The franchise also retained Jofra Archer after the 2022 season, but he will also miss out on the tournament this year due to injury.
The overseas players in the squad are Devon Conway, Finn Allen, and Tim David.
Predicted Lineup: Devon Conway (wk), James Vince (c), Finn Allen, Leus du Plooy, Joe Weatherley, Tim David, Craig Overton, Rehan Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, and George Garton
The match is going to be played at Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham. It is going to be a home match for the Trent Rockets franchise, and this advantage makes them the favorites to win against the Southern Brave.
Both teams look equally good on paper, but we back the home team and the defending champions to get over the line in the inaugural match of the tournament. The Trent Rockets team will adapt to the conditions in a better manner and emerge victorious on Tuesday.