Ben Stokes’ absence will further deplete the Superchargers.
Northern Superchargers and Oval Invincibles are set to cross swords in the 13th match of the Men’s edition of the Hundred on Saturday, July 31. The Superchargers are currently placed right at the bottom of the points table with losses in their first two games against Welsh Fire and Trent Rockets.
Moreover, Ben Stokes’ absence won’t help their cause either for the rest of the tournament. The Invincibles, led by Sam Billings, on the other hand, are placed in the middle of the table. After the nine-run win over Manchester Originals, their second match against London Spirit got washed out.
Match – Northern Superchargers vs Oval Invincibles, 13th match
Venue – Headingley, Leeds
Time – 10:30 PM IST, 05:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch at the Headingley is expected to be a good one for batting. Bowlers have to work out their skins to taste success in the upcoming game. The track is also expected to not change in nature. Hence, batting second should remain the way forward for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 173 (1 match in the Hundred in Leeds)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1, N/R – 0
Adam Lyth, Chris Lynn, Harry Brook, Ben Raine, David Willey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, John Simpson (wk), Brydon Carse, Callum Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Bench– Faf du Plessis, Ben Raine, Matthew Fisher, Jordan Thompson, Matty Potts
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Sam Billings (c & wk), Sam Curran, Jordan Clark, Tom Curran, Nathan Sowter, Sunil Narine, Reece Topley
Bench– Rory Burns, Jordan Cox, Brandon Glover, Alex Blake, Saqib Mahmood
Probable best batter of the match
Jason Roy— Oval Invincibles
Jason Roy has been a lethal prospect with the ball for England over the years. He has been a primary reason behind the Three Lions’ domination in the tournament. In the first game in the Hundred, he started on a handsome note, hitting four fours and looked good after scoring 20. But Tom Hartley dismissed him. He will now be looking to get a big score under his belt.
Probable best bowler of the match
Sunil Narine— Oval Invincibles
Sunil Narine has bamboozled a number of batters over the years. He has been a tough nut to crack, especially in T20 cricket. The off-spinner has a plethora of variety up his sleeves. Against the Originals, the veteran gave away on 22 runs off his 20 balls and also picked up the wicket of Jos Buttler. Not to forget that Narine is more than handy with the bat in hand.
Today’s match prediction: Oval Invincibles 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.