Both teams have dominated while batting second in their respective matches.
Trent Rockets are geared up to lock horns with the Oval Invincibles in the 22nd match of the Men’s Hundred at the Kennington Oval. The Rockets are currently sitting pretty on top of the points table with victories in four out of five games. In their previous game, they beat Welsh Fire by six wickets.
The Invincibles, on the other hand, have looked a tad jittery and are languishing at sixth in the points table. They will be going into the next game on the back of a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Birmingham Phoenix. A victory in their next match will take them to second in the points table.
Match – Oval Invincibles vs Trent Rockets – 22nd match
Venue – Kennington Oval, London
Time – 11:30 PM IST, 06:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch at the Kennington Oval has been a sporting one thus far. It has assisted both the pacers and the spinners. However, as seen in the previous games, the chasing sides have had it easier on the surface. Hence, batting second should remain the way forward for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 133 (2 matches in the Hundred at The Kennington Oval)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1, N/R – 0
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sunil Narine, Sam Billings (c & wk), Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Jordan Clark, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood
Bench– Nathan Sowter, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jordan Cox, Brandon Glover, Alex Blake
D Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores (wk), Steven Mullaney, Lewis Gregory (c), Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Wahab Riaz
Bench– Timm van der Gugten, Samuel Cook, Ben Cox, Luke Wright, Marchant de Lange
Probable best batter of the match
Dawid Malan— Trent Rockets
Dawid Malan has been a consistent performer, both for England the domestic teams he has represented over the years. In the ongoing edition of the Hundred, the southpaw has scored 142 runs from five games at an average of 35.50 and a strike rate of 126.78. Having already scored two half-centuries, Malan has looked in ominous touch.
Probable best bowler of the match
Saqib Mahmood— Trent Rockets
Saqib Mahmood has been excellent with his performances with the ball in hand. The right-arm speedster missed one game due to injury, but otherwise, hasn’t flattered to deceive. In four matches, the pacer has picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 1.26. Mahmood needs to be on top of his game against the Rockets as well.
Today’s match prediction: The team, batting second 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.