75 per cent of eight completed T20Is in Manchester have been won by the chasing teams.
Manchester Originals are all set to lock horns with the Birmingham Phoenix in the second of Sunday’s doubleheader at the Old Trafford. The Originals didn’t make a great start after the Oval Invincibles beat them in the opening game.
Inconsistent batting meant that they failed to chase down 146. However, their bowlers were up the mark in the previous game. The Phoenix, on the other hand, got off to a winning start in the Hundred.
The team, led by Moeen Ali, defeated the London Spirit by three wickets. Even as they will be looking to carry their winning momentum, the Originals will be looking to make amends.
Match – Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix – 6th match
Venue – Old Trafford, Manchester
Time – 10:30 PM IST, 05:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The venue in Manchester has produced some exciting contests over the years. Another close encounter seems to be in the offing. The pitch is likely to provide a good balance between bat and ball. Batting second should be the way forward going by the records.
Avg score: 167 (11 T20I matches at Old Trafford)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 2, N/R – 3
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Tom Lammonby, Carlos Brathwaite, Calvin Harrison, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Steven Finn, Matthew Parkinson
Bench– Colin Ackermann, Sam Hain, Lockie Ferguson, Richard Gleeson, Ollie Robinson, Jamie Overton
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
Bench- Dominic Sibley, Tom Abell, Chris Woakes, Adam Hose, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Will Smeed
Probable best batter of the match
Liam Livingstone— Manchester Originals
Liam Livingstone has been in jaw-dropping form in recent times. After the magnificent ton against Pakistan in Nottingham, the right-hander has carried on with her stupendous form. In the Originals’ first match, he scored 19 runs off 15 balls with one four and a six before Blake Cullen got rid of him. Livingstone is again expected to play a blinder with the bat for Manchester.
Probable best bowler of the match
Adam Milne— Birmingham Phoenix
Adam Milne has plied his trade in the New Zealand circuit for a pretty long time. Having played all around the world, he has garnered a truckload of experience. In the Phoenix’s previous game, he didn’t flatter to deceive. In 20 balls, he churned out 10 dots and had an economy of less than a run-a-ball. The speedster also got the prized scalps of Josh Inglis and Ravi Bopara.
Today’s match prediction: Manchester Originals 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.