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SOU vs WEF 25th The Hundred Match | Latest Team News, Preview and Prediction.

by  Lakshya Baghel  •  Last updated on 2021-08-11 19:11:33


The Prediction.

Two sides in totally contrasting form collide here as Southern Brave host Welsh Fire. The Brave have really clicked as a unit in recent games and know that a win here would put them in with an excellent chance of finishing within the top three with one match to go. With an explosive top order batting unit, combined with genuine pace and excellent experience within their bowling ranks, Southern Brave at home are expected to comfortably triumph over an injury plagued Welsh Fire team devoid of confidence and far inferior in terms of all-round ability.

Avg first inning score: 139 runs (2 The Hundred games have been played at the venue).

Records of chasing teams.

Won - 2

Lost - 0

N/R - 0


Final Prediction: Southern Brave to win the match.

1). If Southern Brave won the toss and opted to bowl first, Welsh Fire could score 140-150 runs.

2). If Welsh Fire won the toss and opted to bowl first, Southern Brave could score 150-160 runs.

Secondary Predictions.

1). Quinton de Kock to be the best run scorer for southern Brave.

Southern Brave overcame Northern Superchargers by 5 wickets on Saturday with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock top scoring with an unbeaten 72 from 45 balls. He is our pick for Southern Brave’s top run scorer in this match.

2). Ben Duckett to be the best run scorer for Welsh Fire.

Welsh Fire were bowled out for 91 from only 74 balls against Birmingham Phoenix on Monday evening. Captain Ben Duckett made 16 from 10 balls but is a good bet for Welsh Fire’s highest run scorer in this game.


Match Preview 

Southern Brave has followed a nice strategy of building its team around a core of very talented English players. It took some time for it to find the right balance but it has been on a roll in the last few matches. The overseas players in Southern Brave are also performing quite well and making an impact.

Quinton de Kock has the most number of runs with 123. His best score of 72 not out came in the previous match and he also has the highest number of sixes hit in the squad. We recommend looking at 'To Hit A Six' betting markets or Over/Under Total Runs bets. Quinton de Kock is a form player and we will back him now that he is in top gear.

Paul Stirling, Alex Davies, James Vince, Ross Whiteley, and Colin de Grandhhomme ensure that there is more than enough depth in the Southern Brave lineup to allow it to play freely and recover from any early losses. Vince and Davies also have more than a 100 runs each.

Devon Conway has been replaced by Paul Stirling at the top of the order. We are not huge fans of Stirling but he will score at a high strike rate no matter what.

The bowling is where the Southern Brave seems to have pulled off some selection brilliance. Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills are world-class death bowlers. They have taken 5 and 4 wickets in the Hundred 2021 season so far without being too expensive. In fact, Mills is the most economical bowler in the squad right now.

Look for betting markets on Mills and Jordan to pick up wickets as they are in a prime position to do so.

Welsh Fire has just seemed to have gotten worse as the Hundred has progressed. It suffered a 93 runs loss to Birmingham Phoenix in the previous match it played as the entire batting line-up crumbled. The batting has been a real problem ever since Jonny Bairstow became unavailable. Over 200 runs have been scored by Ben Duckett and Glenn Phillips has hit one fifty too but the batting is nowhere near as strong as it needs to be.

The lack of runs from Tom Banton is a massive problem because he was one of the players that they were really banking on. We think the betting strategy here is simple. Take Ian Cockbain and Ben Duckett out because they have been somewhat consistent and bet on the 'Under' for all the other batsmen. We followed this same strategy in the previous match and just used the Total Runs Over/Under betting markets for the Welsh Fire.

The bowling attack for Welsh Fire is also quite weak. Qais Ahmad is the only player that has been able to make some sort of impact in the series so far. He has taken seven wickets and is the most economical bowler of the side to have bowled a significant number of overs. Jimmy Neesham and David Payne have also been in the wickets but they are both very expensive.


Match details.

Time - Aug 11, 11:00 pm, IST.

Venue - The Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Pitch report.

The conditions in Southampton are expected to be perfect for cricket. Good weather, a nice pitch, and a blazingly fast outfield await us for this match. We can expect a high-scoring match with plenty of fours and sixes to be hit in the match. 150 plus scores for both teams are definitely on the cards if Welsh Fire can get its batting together.

Team News.

Southern Brave>>

Southern Brave chased down a target of 129 runs with five wickets and five balls remaining to beat Northern Superchargers last time out, with a fantastic 71 not out from opener and wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock the lynchpin of Southern Brave’s innings.

That win extended the Brave’s unbeaten run to four games, having picked up seven points from the last possible eight available to them and they now look a strong prospect to finish inside the top three.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Liam Dawson will not feature again in the tournament after breaking a finger vs Manchester Originals and Warwickshire’s Danny Briggs was brought in to replace him against the Superchargers, but whether he has done enough to retain his place in this side remains to be seen with Somerset’s Max Waller also waiting in the wings.

Possible XI - 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

Welsh Fire>>

Welsh Fire fell to a fourth consecutive loss in the Men’s Hundred, their latest defeat an extremely heavy one at the hands of Birmingham Phoenix.

After being smashed around Edgbaston by Will Smeed and Moeen Ali among others which led to them conceding 184 from 100 balls, the Fire were bowled out for a pitiful 91 to loss by 93 runs.

Options are limited for the Fire in terms of potential changes, with bowlers Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett injured along with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow being away with England, but all-rounder Ryan Higgins could be brought into the side.

Possible XI - 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