The Fire are on a four-match losing streak.
Southern Brave and Welsh Fire are set to lock horns with each other in the 25th match of the Men’s Hundred at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. The two teams have had completely contrasting phases in the tournament.
The Brave haven’t lost a game since losing their first two matches. They are placed at fourth in the table with seven points from six matches and a net run rate of -0.262.
The Fire, on the other hand, began with two wins on the back of Jonny Bairstow’s brilliance. But since then, they have lost four games on the trot and are placed at seventh in the points table.
Match – Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire – 25th match
Venue – The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Time – 11:00 PM IST, 05:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Rose Bowl has been a tad tough to bat on until now. However, the team batting second has found the going a bit easy. Therefore, chasing should be the way forward for both the teams in the upcoming encounter.
Avg first innings score: 122 (2matches in the Hundred at Rose Bowl)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 0, N/R – 0
Paul Stirling, Quinton de Kock (wk), James Vince (c), Alex Davies, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Whiteley, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Jake Lintott
Bench– Max Waller, Delray Rawlins, Liam Dawson
Tom Banton (wk), Ian Cockbain, Ben Duckett (c), Glenn Phillips, Leus du Plooy, James Neesham, Graeme White, Qais Ahmad, Luke Fletcher, Matt Milnes, David Payne
Bench– Joshua Cobb, Ryan Higgins, Matthew Critchley, Jake Ball, David Lloyd
Probable best batter of the match
Quinton de Kock— Southern Brave
Quinton de Kock has looked devastating at the top of the order. In five matches, the left-hander has scored 123 runs at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 175.71. He also has a top score of an unbeaten 72. The left-hander has been exceptional at the top of the order and he needs to carry on with his rich vein of form with the bat.
Probable best bowler of the match
Tymal Mills— Southern Brave
Tymal Mills has been effective for the Brave in the ongoing edition of the Hundred. The left-arm pacer came into the tournament on the back of some decent performances in the T20 Blast. In the ongoing league, the southpaw has picked up four wickets. However, among the regular players, he has the best economy rate of 1.16 from the 22.1 overs he has bowled.
Today’s match prediction: Southern Brave 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.