Jos Buttler is a good pick for captaincy.
Manchester Originals couldn’t make a fruitful start to the season, suffering a nine-run defeat against Oval Invincibles in the season opener. Chasing 146 at the Kennington Oval in London, the Jos Buttler-led side couldn’t get a stellar start with the top order not contributing much. All-rounders Calvin Harrison and Carlos Brathwaite played some good shots in the death overs, but their efforts weren’t enough.
On the other hand, Birmingham Phoenix kick-started their campaign by defeating London Spirit in their maiden assignment. The London-based side did pretty well by posting 144/6 in the first innings. However, handy cameos from skipper Moeen Ali and Chris Benjamin meant the Phoenix cross the line with three balls to spare.
Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix, Match 6
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 25th July 2021 at 10:30 PM
The track in Edgbaston is known to be good for batting and one can expect some fireworks in this contest. Hence, bowlers will have a job in hand to restrict the run flow.
Probable Playing 11 for MNR vs BHP:
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (C & WK), Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Colin Ackermann, Carlos Brathwaite, Calvin Harrison, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Steven Finn, Matthew Parkinson.
Finn Allen, Miles Hammond, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (C), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Benjamin, Chris Cooke (WK), Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Imran Tahir.
Top Picks for MNR vs BHP 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
Moeen Ali is indeed one of the finest all-rounders going around in white-ball cricket. The Birmingham Phoenix captain also scored a match-winning 40 in his last outing and he won’t mind replicating his heroics again.
Although Jos Buttler scored just eight runs in his last outing, one must not forget how effective he can be in this format. The dasher can accumulate quick runs and his knack of staying at the crease for long makes him even more lethal. Not to forget, he can also contribute with his précised glovework.
Liam Livingstone has been the talk of the town lately. The dasher has played one staggering knock after another in T20s this year and Manchester Originals must be aware of him.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MNR vs BHP 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (C), Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Finn Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (VC), Tom Helm, Fred Klaassen, Matthew Parkinson.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for MNR vs BHP 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Finn Allen (VC), Colin Ackermann, Liam Livingstone (C), Moeen Ali, Tom Helm, Fred Klaassen, Matthew Parkinson
Captain and Vice-Captain Options:
Captain Options: Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone
Vice-Captain Options: Moeen Alis and Finn Allen
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.