Ben Duckett has waged lone battles for the Fire in their last three games.
The Birmingham Phoenix are set to face Welsh Fire in the 23rd match of the Men’s Hundred at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Phoenix are on a roll after two losses in their first three games.
Following the poor start, they have managed to beat Trent Rockets and the Oval Invincibles. The Moeen Ali-led team is placed at the fifth position in the points table with six points from five games.
Another victory may even take them up to second. The Fire, on the other hand, are on a three-match losing streak. In their previous game, they lost to the Trent Rockets by six wickets.
Match – Birmingham Phoenix vs Welsh Fire – 23rd match
Venue – Edgbaston, Birmingham
Time – 11:00 PM IST, 05:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Birmingham has been a batter’s paradise in the tournament. Bowlers are likely to have another tough day at the office. Another high-scoring game seems to be in store. Chasing should be the way forward for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 153 (3 matches in the Hundred at Edgbaston)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 0, N/R – 0
Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Moeen Ali (c), Liam Livingstone, Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir
Bench– Adam Hose, Dillon Pennington, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Cooke
Tom Banton (wk), Ian Cockbain, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Graeme White, Luke Fletcher, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes, David Payne
Bench– Joshua Cobb, Matthew Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Jake Ball, David Lloyd
Probable best batter of the match
Ben Duckett— Welsh Fire
Ben Duckett has been the standout performer for the Fire in the tournament. In five matches, the southpaw has notched 203 runs at an average of 40.60 and a strike rate of 138.09. The left-hander has also scored two half-centuries with a top score of 65. Duckett is one of the very few in-form batters for the Fire and he can’t afford to drop his guard.
Probable best bowler of the match
Adam Milne— Birmingham Phoenix
Adam Milne has done exceptionally for the Phoenix in the ongoing edition of the Hundred. The New Zealand fast bowler has picked up seven wickets. His economy rate of 1.02 is also the best among his teammates. Milne can bowl inside the powerplay and also at the death. Hence, his utility in the Phoenix’s team can’t be undermined.
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.