Anya Shrubsole’s all-round show took the Brave over the finish line in their opening match against Trent Rockets.
Welsh Fire and Southern Brave are set to face each other in the eighth match of the Women’s Hundred at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The Brave got off to a brilliant start in the tournament, defeating Trent Rockets by 23 runs.
Anya Shrubsole’s all-round show took them over the finish line. West Indies’ veteran all-round cricketer Stafanie Taylor also contributed with 45 runs and one wicket.
The Fire, on the other hand, had the upper hand in their first game against the Northern Superchargers, but Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 92 slapped them with defeat. They will now look to make a strong comeback in the event.
Match – Welsh Fire vs Southern Brave – 8th match
Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Cardiff hasn’t been an overly high-scoring one in T20Is. Scores have stayed on the lower side. The track has also helped the chasing teams to a large extent. But in the Hundred, the teams batting first have had quite a bit of advantage. The playing conditions will be partly sunny with the temperature around 18 degrees Celsius.
Avg score: 149 (8 T20I matches at Sophia Gardens)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 2, N/R – 0
Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor (wk), Sophie Luff (c), Georgia Hennessy, Alice Macleod, Piepa Cleary, Alex Griffiths, Katie George, Nicole Harvey
Bench– Bethan Ellis, Lauren Filer
Danielle Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana, Sophia Dunkley, Stafanie Taylor, Maia Bouchier, Carla Rudd (wk), Amanda Wellington, Anya Shrubsole (c), Fi Morris, Tara Norris, Lauren Bell
Bench- Paige Scholfield, Sonia Odedra, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor
Probable best batter of the match
Danielle Wyatt— Southern Brave
Danielle Wyatt has played a number of match-winning knocks for her teams over the years. She has done it for England at the highest level and also for her domestic sides. In his team’s first game of the Hundred, she managed only seven runs before Nat Sciver accounted for her wicket. Keeping in mind the potential she has, Wyatt is expected to make a comeback in the next game.
Probable best bowler of the match
Anya Shrubsole— Southern Brave
Anya Shrubsole was at her very best in the Brave’s first game against the Rockets. She picked up four wickets of Rachel Priest, Heather Graham, Abbey Freeborn and Kathryn Bryce. Moreover, Shrubsole gave away only 13 runs in the 20 overs she bowled, including 13 dots. Not to forget that she also scored 40 runs lower down the order and guided her team to a big total.
Today’s match prediction: Southern Brave 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.