Clashing Teams: Birmingham Phoenix and Oval Invincibles
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date: August 04th, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 07:00 PM (Local) & 11:30 PM (IST)
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Birmingham Phoenix will eye to break and enter into the crucial top four leaderboard standings by excelling in Wednesday’s bout against Oval Invincibles scheduled to unfold at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. The Moeen Ali captained franchise debuts ‘The Hundred’ tournament with flying colors although appeared to be on the backfoot in adjacent two face-offs against Manchester Originals and Southern Brave. Well, the great news for Phoenix spectators is that the Phoenix backtrack the winning streak in their recent clash against Trent Rockets where they stormed the 144 runs target with 26 balls to spare.
The home side for the evening is presently seated at fourth spot that includes two comprehensive wins and same number of massacres. Finn Allen and Liam Livingstone carry the needed mettle to thrash opponents with their batting supremacy, whereas skipper Moeen Ali is Phoenix’s star all-rounder. Talking about bowling duties, Adam Milne, Tom Helm and Imran Tahir are the preferred trio to wrap rivals' innings at a moderate score.
Invincibles will aim to clinch the event of 18th group-stage combat against Birmingham Phoenix and upsurge towards the ace spot of the leaderboard standings. Oval Invincibles cut the ribbon of ‘The Hundred’ competition by outsmarting the last ball thriller against favorites Manchester Originals. The Sam Billings led side waited for the second match against London Spirits in the pavilion as the match was called-off due to heavy episodes of rain. The team belittled in the adjacent schedule however rose to limelight in the very next face-off where they quenched Welsh Fire with 6-wicket bulldoze.
Sam Billings led franchise ranks a spot above their counterparts Birmingham Phoenix, as the lost column of Invincibles exhibited a single defeat in four-match campaign. Jason Roy and skipper Sam Billings are the trusted batting arsenals for the Invincibles while Narine is transcending as their chief all-rounder. Bowling division carries a perfect blend of pace variations with Tom Curran, Tabrez Shamsi and Saqib Mahmood excelling in the art of shaming the rival batsmen.
An edge of the seat contest is expected to unfold in the 18th group match of ‘The Hundred’ schedule. Both teams sole aim from the game would be to clinch the two match-points at stake and blitz for an upward journey. However, taking note of the home advantage and side-by-side analyses of previous schedules, Birmingham Phoenix carries a slight better winning possibility. The Edgbaston wicket swaps to being a competitive wicket in overcast conditions with early swing generation for fast bowlers. However, as the match proceeds further, batters will take the central stage and score some handy runs. The idle choice for toss winning skipper would be to bowl first and score in the range of 145 runs can be termed as challenging.
Market Odds (As on 11:40 A.M)
Top Batsman for Birmingham Phoenix- Finn Allen- The dynamic 22-year-old Kiwi wicket-keeper batsman has already tagged himself as the iconic find of ‘The Hundred’ schedule. Highest run-scorer for Phoenix has played just 3 T20Is and scored 100+ runs at an explosive strike rate of 220.
Top Batsman for Oval Invincibles-Sam Billings - The experienced Brits middle-order batsman is well-known to the world for his power-hitting ability. Skipper for Invincibles has hammered 417 runs in just 29 T20I appearances with an elevated strike-rate of 133.6.
Adam Milne to be Birmingham Phoenix Top Bowler- The right-hand Kiwi pacer traumatizes opponents with his storming speed and swing ability. Milne recently collected a three-wicket haul in a match against Trent Rockets at an RPB of 0.65.
Probable Playing XI for the Match
Birmingham Phoenix- Moeen Ali (c), Finn Allen (wk), Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone, Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin, Benny Howell, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Pat Brown, Imran Tahir
Oval Invincibles – Sam Billings (c&wk), Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Sunil Narine, Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Jordan Clarke, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood.