The Fire need to get back to winning ways after losses in their previous two matches.
Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire are set to lock horns in the 20th match of the Men’s Hundred on Friday, August 6 in Cardiff. The Rockets lost their previous match against Birmingham Phoenix by six wickets.
The victory also pushed them from the top position to the third spot in the points table. The Fire, on the other hand, are placed at number seven in the points table.
However, a win will take them in the top four, pushing down Northern Superchargers. They are on a two-match losing streak after the losses against Manchester Originals and Oval Invincibles, and need a victory to turn the tables.
Match – Welsh Fire vs Trent Rockets – 20th match
Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Time – 11:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Cardiff has been an absolute belter in the men’s games. Scores over the 150-run mark are paramount in order to secure victory. The track isn’t expected to change nature throughout the duration of the game. Batting second should be the way forward.
Avg first innings score: 158 (2 matches in the Hundred at Sophia Gardens)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1, N/R – 0
Tom Banton (wk), Joshua Cobb, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Matthew Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, David Payne
Bench– Jake Ball, Graeme White, David Lloyd, Ian Cockbain
D Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Samit Patel, Lewis Gregory (c), Tom Moores (wk), Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Marchant de Lange, Timm van der Gugten
Bench- Luke Wright, Ben Cox, Steven Mullaney, Samuel Cook
Probable best batter of the match
Ben Duckett— Welsh Fire
Ben Duckett has been in jaw-dropping form for the Fire in the tournament. In four matches, the left-hander has notched 191 runs at an average of 47.75 and a strike rate of 142.53. Having already scored two half-centuries, he hasn’t flattered to deceive by any means. The southpaw will be looking to carry his momentum and play another match-winning knock.
Probable best bowler of the match
Rashid Khan— Trent Rockets
Rashid Khan was expected to be a key member of the Rockets’ bowling attack and he hasn’t flattered to deceive by any means. The leg spinner from Afghanistan has picked up eight wickets from four games at a decent economy rate of 1.22. The fact that he can also wield the willow to good effect can’t be denied by any means.
Today’s match prediction: Trent Rockets 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.