We are just a sleep away from the ringing of the bell to kickstart the third edition of the much-anticipated cricket tournament, The Hundred, which is played in a whole new format. The inaugural match will be played between the first and second winners of the tournament, the Trent Rockets and the Southern Brave.
The second match of the tournament will be played between Welsh Fire and Manchester Originals on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. IST.
August 2 will be the first doubleheader day of the tournament this year, where these two teams will compete in the afternoon game. Manchester Originals were the runners-up in the last edition of the tournament, whereas Welsh Fire have been nowhere close to the trophy in the initial two years.
It will be a difficult job for the Welsh Fire team in the first match itself, as their team is slightly inexperienced as compared to other teams. The top bookmakers in India have The Hundred Odds on their platform.
Manchester to win the match against Welsh Fire.
The betting tip is...
Jos Buttler to score 49.5+ runs
The Cardiff-based franchise Welsh Fire will be led by local boy Tom Abell in the upcoming edition of The Hundred Men’s Competition. The team has a good lineup consisting of a lot of domestic all-rounders and batters. They will be relying on the Pakistan duo of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf as far as their bowling department is concerned. Roelof van der Merwe is another overseas player in the squad.
Their marquee player, Jonny Bairstow, is likely to miss the first couple of matches.
Predicted Lineup: Tom Abell (c), Luke Wells, Joe Clarke (wk), Glenn Phillips, Stephen Eskinazi, Roelof van der Merwe, David Willey, Jake Ball, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and David Payne
The Manchester-based team will be led by the T20 batting superstar and one of the most important players in the England white-ball team, Jos Buttler. The franchise has some excellent T20 stars in its lineup. Ashton Turner, Fred Klaassen, Joshua Little, and Usama Mir will comprise the overseas contingent of the franchise.
The batting will be handled by local players, whereas the overseas pace duo of Klaassen and Little will have to work hard in the bowling department.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Buttler (c, wk), Phil Salt, Laurie Evans, Wayne Madsen, Ashton Turner, Max Holden, Jamie Overton, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Joshua Little, and Josh Tongue
Even though the match is going to be played at the home ground of Welsh Fire, we predict their opponents will clinch the match away from them. Manchester Originals look better on paper, as they have some good T20 talent on their roster. Welsh fans will miss Jonny Bairstow in the initial matches, but he will be back soon. This is the match both teams would want to win to get a flying start to their campaign in The Hundred 2023, and we predict the Manchester Originals to prevail in this match on Wednesday.