On paper, the Spirit have a stronger squad than the Phoenix.
The Birmingham Phoenix and London Spirit are set to lock horns in the second match of The Hundred Women’s on Friday, July 23. The Spirit have a power-packed squad at their disposal and are led by Heather Knight, the England national team’s captain. The team also has the likes of Deandra Dottin and Tammy Beaumont.
Deepti Sharma and Chloe Tyron are useful additions to their middle order. The Phoenix, on the other hand, will depend heavily on Shafali Verma and Amy Jones at the top of the order. The likes of Georgia Elwiss and Isabelle Wong need to bring all their experience to the fore as well for their team.
Match – Birmingham Phoenix vs London Spirit – 2nd match
Venue – Kennington Oval, London
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
Avg score: 178 (5 matches at the Edgbaston)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 5, N/R – 0
The Edgbaston in Birmingham has hosted five T20Is thus far and all of them were won by the team, batting first. Hence, sides may avoid chasing on the surface. The venue hosted an ODI of late between Pakistan and England, and both teams amassed 300 plus scores. The conditions will be partly sunny with the temperature around 25 degrees Celsius.
Amy Jones (C and WK), Shafali Verma, Marie Kelly, Evelyn Jones, Kirstie Gordon, Phoebe Franklin, Abtaha Maqsood, Isabelle Wong, Georgia Elwiss, Erin Burns, Katie Mack
Bench– Emily Arlott, Thea Brookes, Gwenan Davies, Ria Fackrell
Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (C), Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Deepti Sharma, Amara Carr (WK), Chloe Tryon, Charlotte Dean, Freya Davies, Sophie Munro, Grace Scrivens.
Bench- Aylish Cranstone, Danielle Gibson, Alice Monaghan, Susie Rowe
Probable best batter of the match
Tammy Beaumont— London Spirit
Tammy Beaumont has been in stupendous form in recent times. She has 1572 runs from 94 T20Is at an average of 23.11 to go with one century and nine half-centuries. Recently, the 30-year-old scored a sparkling 59 against Harmanpreet Kaur’s India, though the knock went in vain. The Spirit will be looking up to her for a brisk start in the upcoming encounter.
Probable best bowler of the match
Freya Davies— London Spirit
Freya Davies has made a mark for England in international cricket over the last couple of years. In 14 T20Is, she has picked up 14 wickets at an excellent economy of 6.21. Davies also has a four-wicket haul to her name in the T20 format. She’s most likely to take charge in the powerplay and at the death. The seamer recently played in the T20Is against India.
Today’s match prediction: London Spirit to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.