Match: London Spirit vs Birmingham Phoenix, (LON vs BHM, 30th Match)
Date: August 30, 2022 – 11 PM IST
Venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
The 30th match of the men’s Hundred competition will witness London Spirit and Birmingham Phoenix going head to head at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Tuesday, August 30th.
London Spirit have 10 points to their credit with a net run-rate of 0.394, having won five matches and lost two. Birmingham Phoenix, after a couple of losses, have found themselves in a similar position but with the worst net run-rate (-0.203) out of five teams in contention. Spirit will secure their top two finish with a win here while Phoenix needs to claim a huge win to have a chance.
Spirit are coming off a six-wicket loss against Oval Invincibles on Saturday. Batting first, the Spirit batting unit struggled except Adam Rossington, who smashed 36 off 22. Jordan Thompson added 27 off 19 as they crawled their way to 122/7. Thompson then bagged 2 for 22 but it wasn’t enough as Will Jacks’ fifty sailed Oval to an easy win.
Phoenix were hammered by 79 runs at the hands of Manchester Originals in the last game. Benny Howell picked 3 for 18 with the ball as they managed to restrict Originals to 154/6. But chasing the target, they lost wickets in heaps and barring Will Smeed’s 17-ball 31, none of the batters could put up a fight as they were bundled out for 75 – the lowest total in the men’s Hundred.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for LON vs BHM, 30th Match
Lord’s Cricket Ground has been a good venue for batting this year, with an average first innings score of 165. A total of seven matches have been hosted here in the men’s Hundred, with the average first innings score reading 147. Six out of these seven games have been won by the team batting first.
The weather in London could be partly cloudy on Tuesday evening with a 69% cloud cover. However, there’s only around a 5% chance of precipitation. The temperature will hover around 16°C.
London Spirit – Expected XI and Team News
London Spirit were forced to make a few changes in the last game with Kieron Pollard leaving for the CPL. Josh Inglis came into the side, with Ben McDermott moving to opening. Daniel Bell-Drummond lost his place to Ravi Bopara. The bowling attack remained the same.
Probable XI – Adam Rossington (wk), Ben McDermott, Daniel Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (c), Josh Inglis, Ravi Bopara, Liam Dawson, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Mason Crane, Chris Wood
Birmingham Phoenix – Expected XI and Team News
Phoenix were forced to make two changes in the last game, with Liam Livingstone getting ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury and Imran Tahir leaving for the CPL. Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Dwarshuis replaced the duo. The playing XI is likely to remain the same for this fixture.
Probable XI – Will Smeed, Miles Hammond, Moeen Ali (c), Liam Livingstone, Matthew Wade (wk), Chris Benjamin, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Henry Brookes, Kane Richardson, Imran Tahir
Head to head record of LON vs BHM
Total Encounters – 1
London Spirit won – 0
Birmingham Phoenix won – 1
30th Match: Five players to watch out for in the LON vs BHM match
Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:
Ben McDermott: Wicketkeeper Batter, London Spirit
Ben McDermott was promoted to open in the last innings – his best batting position. Although he failed, he remains a key player, having scored 62 runs in two innings prior to that. McDermott has a terrific record in the format, with 2900 runs at an average 32 and strike rate of 134. He has three hundreds and 16 fifties in the shorter format.
Moeen Ali: All-rounder, Birmingham Phoenix
Moeen Ali has scored 161 runs in the competition at an average of 23 while striking at 161, including one fifty. He has also scalped four wickets with his off-spin. Moeen Ali is a valuable asset with a good record, having scored over 5300 runs in T20 cricket at 25 average while also picking 173 wickets.
Adam Rossington: Batter, London Spirit
Adam Rossington blasted 66 off 25 against Superchargers not long ago and he’s coming off a couple of 30s in the last two games. He smashed 36 off 22 against Invincibles when the rest of the batting unit fell like a pack of cards. Rossington has 2299 runs in the shorter format at an average of 22 while striking at 144.
Jordan Thompson: All-rounder, London Spirit
Jordan Thompson is the leading wicket-taker for Spirit in the Hundred this year. He has taken 12 scalps in seven matches at a strike rate of 10.5, including best figures of 4 for 21. He smashed 27 off 19 and picked 2 for 22 in the last game. Thompson has 72 wickets in his T20 career while scoring 691 runs at an average of 17.
Benny Howell: Batter, Birmingham Phoenix
Benny Howell is a clever operator of the ball and adds value with the bat as well. He has picked 9 wickets in season at an economy of 7.46 and is coming off a terrific spell of 3/18 in 20 balls. Howell has also scored 59 runs from five innings at a strike rate of 123, with a couple of handy 20s.
MPL Fantasy XI
Where and what time to watch the match live in India
There will be no live telecast of The Hundred in India. However, you can watch the action live on the online streaming platform FanCode. Catch the London Spirit vs Birmingham Phoenix men’s clash at 11 PM IST on Tuesday.
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.