Both teams started with a loss and will be eager to get their campaign going.
Manchester Originals are set to lock horns with the Birmingham Phoenix in the sixth match of the Women’s Hundred at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The Originals didn’t make a great start to their campaign after losing to the Oval Invincibles, but they have the ingredients to stage a comeback in the tournament.
The Phoenix had a torrid time as well in their opening clash against London Spirit. They lost by three wickets after a disappointing show with the bat in hand. Their bowlers, however, must be high on confidence after giving the Spirit a run for their money with some accurate piece of bowling at the death.
Match – Manchester Originals vs Birmingham Phoenix – 6th match
Venue – Old Trafford, Manchester
Time – 07:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Old Trafford is expected to be a sporting one. The average score suggests that bowlers and batters will have their say in equal proportion. The venue has also favoured the team batting second and hence, chasing should be the preferred option for both teams.
Avg score: 167 (11 T20I matches at Old Trafford)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 2, N/R – 3
Lizelle Lee, Emma Lamb, Georgie Boyce, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mignon du Preez, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross (c), Cordelia Griffith, Eleanor Threlkeld (wk), Laura Jackson, Alex Hartley
Bench– Natalie Brown, Danielle Collins, Alice Dyson, Hannah Jones
Shafali Verma, Katie Mack, Emily Arlott, Evelyn Jones, Amy Ellen Jones (c & wk), Erin Burns, Georgia Elwiss, Gwenan Davies, Isabelle Wong, Kirstie Gordon, Abtaha Maqsood
Bench- Marie Kelly, Thea Brookes, Ellyse Perry, Phoebe Franklin, Ria Fackrell
Probable best batter of the match
Lizelle Lee— Manchester Originals
Lizelle Lee, the South African batter, is someone, who can take on bowling attacks with utmost ease. She has the potential score runs at a brisk rate in the powerplay and can put her team in the driver’s seat. In the previous match, Lee notched 42 runs off 39 balls with the help of six fours. If she gets going, the Phoenix could find themselves on the back-foot very early in the game.
Probable best bowler of the match
Sophie Ecclestone— Manchester Originals
Sophie Ecclestone is currently the ICC’s no.1 ranked bowler in T20Is and she’s going to have to be on top of her game. In the previous game, she gave away 23 runs in her 20 balls and also picked up the wicket of Marizanne Kapp, stumped down the leg side. Ecclestone is again expected to step up for her team. Not to undermine her power-hitting skills with the willow in hand.
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.