Birmingham Phoenix are unbeaten on home their turf.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali of Birmingham Phoenix. (Photo by Christopher Lee – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)


Birmingham Phoenix will lock horns with Welsh Fire in the 23rd match of the tournament on Monday. Birmingham Phoenix have not lost a single game in this tournament at their fortress. They had an excellent last couple of matches, where they defeated Oval Invincibles and Trent Rockets. They have placed themselves at the 5th spot in the standings with 6 points.

Meanwhile, Welsh Fire will look to turn the tables around in their favour. They got off to a great start to their campaign by winning their first two matches. But thereafter, it has been a completely different story, as they lost their next 3 matches. At present, they are at the 7th spot in the standings with 4 points.

Match Details:

Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire, Match 23

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date & Time: August 9th at 11:00 PM IST and 6:30 PM local time

Live Streaming: Fancode

Pitch Report:

The team chasing has won all the 3 matches played so far in this tournament. It’s a dead surface with not much to offer for the bowlers. Since it’s a high-scoring venue, even the score of 170 runs is not enough to defend. Whoever wins the toss should bowl first.

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Probable Playing XIs for BPH vs WEF:

Birmingham Phoenix  

Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Pat Brown, Imran Tahir

Welsh Fire

Tom Banton (wk), Ian Cockbain, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, Jimmy Neesham, Graeme White, Qais Ahmad, Luke Fletcher, Matt Milnes, David Payne

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Top Picks for BPH vs WEF Dream11 Match:

Top Picks ­Batsmen

Young big-hitting batsman Will Smeed has got off to a good start to this format. In 2 matches in this tournament,  he has scored 81 runs at an average of 40.5 and a strike rate of 197.56.

Glenn Phillips scored his 1st half-century of the tournament in the previous match against Trent Rockets. He got out after a well-made 50 runs from 35 deliveries. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 96 runs at an average of 24.

Top Picks ­All-Rounders

Moeen Ali played a gem of a knock in the run-chase against Oval Invincibles, where he scored 49 runs from 26 deliveries, including 3 fours and 4 sixes.

Liam Livingstone is a dangerous player who can change the game in the blink of an eye. In 5 matches in this competition, he has mustered 129 runs at an average of 43 and has also picked up a wicket.

Top Picks ­Bowlers

Adam Milne is eyeing a spot in the New Zealand national squad for the T20 World Cup. He has scalped 7 wickets in 5 matches, with the best figures of 3/15.

20-year-old Afghan wrist spinner, Qais Ahmad has got the most scalps for Welsh Fire in this tournament, with 7 wickets in 5 matches. Ahmed has the best figures of 4 for 13.

Top Picks ­Wicketkeepers

Chris Benjamin was the player of the match for his match-winning unbeaten knock of 37* runs against Oval Invincibles. In 4 innings in this tournament, he has scored 79 runs at an average of 79.

BPH vs WEF Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for BPH vs WEF Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Chris Benjamin, Ben Duckett, Glenn Phillips (vc), Finn Allen, Leus du Plooy, Jimmy Neesham, Moeen Ali (c), Liam Livingstone, Adam Milne, David Payne, Qais Ahmad

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for BPH vs WEF Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Tom Banton, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Will Smeed, Jimmy Neesham, Moeen Ali, Benny Howell, Liam Livingstone (vc), Imran Tahir, Tom Helm, Qais Ahmed

BPH vs WEF Risky Captaincy Choices:

Finn Allen was impressive in the last game, where he hammered 23 runs from just 9 deliveries against Oval Invincibles. Overall in this tournament, he averages 18.4 with the bat. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.

Tom Banton hasn’t fired in this tournament for his standards, as he has scored 60 runs in 5 innings. Considering his average performances he is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.

Player you should avoid:

Considering there are too many options in the bowler’s slot, it’s hard to include Luke Fletcher in the final eleven.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.


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