Superchargers are yet to open their account in the tournament.
The Manchester Originals will take on the Northern Superchargers in the ninth match of the Hundred Men’s 2021 on Wednesday (July 28).
With a win and loss in two games thus far, the Originals find themselves at the fourth spot with two points, whereas their rivals Superchargers, reeling at number seven, are yet to open their account, having lost both their games so far. They fell short closely against Welsh Fire in a high-scoring thriller, losing by five runs in pursuit of 174, while they failed to defend 133 against Trent Rockets in their second league clash.
On the other hand, the Originals, who lost their opening game to Oval Invincibles by nine runs, made a comeback against Birmingham Phoenix rather dominatingly, as they bowled their opponents out for a paltry 87, before chasing it down with 6 wickets and 27 balls to spare.
Despite these being the early days, it is needless to say that the Superchargers would be keen to open their tally in the tournament.
Match – Manchester Originals vs Northern Superchargers – 9th match
Venue – Old Trafford, Manchester
Time – 11:00 PM IST, 05:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The Old Trafford track has not been the best friend of the batters of late. Even the latest international encounter at the venue, the third T20I between Pakistan and England, witnessed nothing too outrageous, with Pakistan setting 155 for England to win, which they chased as late as the final over. The only encounter of the Men’s Hundred this season in Manchester witnessed the Phoenix tumbling to 87 in a game where nine of the total 13 wickets in the game fell to spin. Expect the track to do similar things.
Predicted Playing XIs
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler, Joe Clarke, Colin Munro, Tom Lammonby, Carlos Brathwaite, Calvin Harrison, Tom Hartley, Fred Klassen, Steven Finn, Matt Parkinson
Adam Lyth, Chris Lynn, Ben Stokes (C), Harry Brook, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, John Simpson, Brydon Carse, Callum Parkinson, Adil Rashid Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Probable Top performers
Matt Parkinson (Manchester Originals)
Parkinson was the demolisher-in-chief in the Originals’ victory over Phoenix. He ended with staggering figures of 4/9 from his 20 balls at his home ground. Given the way the track at the venue is played, Parkinson might be amongst the wickets again.
Adil Rashid (Northern Superchargers)
Rashid has had a decent tournament thus far and has managed to take wickets in each of the two games his team has played. Interestingly, it was also Rashid’s four-wicket spell at this venue that helped England beat Pakistan to clinch the series 2-1.
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.