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The Hundred 2022, match 2: OVAL vs LON Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit (OVAL vs LON)

Date: August 4, Thursday, 11:00 PM IST

Venue: Kennington Oval, London

Oval Invincibles will face London Spirit in the second game of the men’s Hundred 2022. Compared to Spirit, Invincibles had a better run last year, won four of their seven completed games, while losing three. This season, they are without Saqib Mahmood, who is ruled out of the entire season due to a back stress fracture. To make matters worse, Saqib’s replacement Gus Atkinson of Surrey, has also been ruled out due to an injury, and this has opened the doors for Pat Brown. Rory Burns will also be unavailable for at least the first half of the tournament due to his commitments with Surrey in the One-Day Cup.

The Spirit, on the other hand, had a poor season in 2021 and will be looking to make a fresh start this year. They were the wooden spooners last year, having won just one of their eight completed games and losing six. This year, the availability of Kieron Pollard is yet to be confirmed after the all-rounder picked up a hamstring injury in the T20 Blast. Nathan Ellis has been called up to replace an injured Riley Meredith, while Mark Wood is also unavailable due to injury.

When Oval Invincibles and London Spirit met last year, the former won by eight wickets after chasing down 104 runs with 13 balls to spare.

Ahead of the second game of men’s Hundred 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for OVAL vs LON

The pitch at the Kennington Oval in London has historically been balanced and has offered equal assistance to both the batters and bowlers.  A total of 16 T20I matches have been played at this venue, of which 6 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score on this ground is 150 while the average second innings score is 133. The highest and lowest T20I total recorded at the County Ground is 173 for 5 and 113 for 5.

The weather during the game will be pleasant and the sky will be clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 18 to 26 degrees. No rain is forecast.

Oval Invincibles team news and predicted XI

Team news – Rory Burns has been released to play for Surrey in Royal One Day Cup, while Pat Brown has been called up as a replacement for an injured Gus Atkinson, who had been called up as a cover for injured Saqib Mahmood.

Squad: Sunil Narine, Rilee Rossouw, Danny Briggs, Hilton Cartwright, Matt Milnes, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Will Jacks, Jason Roy, Nathan Sowter, Reece Topley, Mohammad Hasnain, Pat Brown, Jack Haynes

Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Jack Leaning, Sam Billings, Hilton Cartwright, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Sunil Narine, Reece Topley, Tom Curran, Matt Milnes

London Spirit team news and predicted XI

Team news: Whether Kieron Pollard has recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up in the T20 Blast is yet to be confirmed. Nathan Ellis is replacing an injured Riley Meredith, Josh Inglis is replacing Glenn Maxwell who will miss a few games in the latter stages due to national duty, Toby Roland-Jones is replaced Blake Cullen

Squad: Kieron Pollard, Liam Dawson, Nathan Ellis, Jordan Thompson, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Wood, Ravi Bopara, Mason Crane, Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Josh Inglis, Eoin Morgan, Adam Rossington, Brad Wheal, Mark Wood, Ben McDermott, Jamie Smith, Toby Roland-Jones.

Predicted XI:  Adam Rossington, Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard, Jordan Thomson, Liam Dawson, Brad Wheal, Mason Crane, Nathan Ellis

Head to head record

Oval Invincibles and London Spirit have met each other just once, when the former won by eight

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for OVAL vs LON

Glenn Maxwell – all-rounder, London Spirit

One of the best all-rounders in the game’s shorter formats, Glenn Maxwell is a good pick for your MPL team. The Aussie is a great striker of the ball and can make the most of a 100-ball game. He can also contribute with the ball as a useful spinner. This will also be Maxwell’s debut in the Hundred, and he will be looking to start the journey on a high. In the T20 format, he has played 362 games, scoring 8193 runs at an average and strike rate of 28.15 and 151.66.

Ben McDermott – wicketkeeper batter, London Spirit

Ben McDermott is another excellent pick for your MPL fantasy team. He was in excellent form in the recent Vitality T20 Blast, with his last four scores in the competition being 62, 31, 61 and 30. In the T20 format, McDermott has overall played 114 matches, scoring 2902 runs at an average and strike rate of 31.54 and 134.16.

Sam Billings – wicketkeeper batter, Oval Invincibles

Last season, Sam Billings scored 143 runs in seven innings at an average and strike rate of 23.83 and 131.19, and will be looking for another good run in the 2022 edition. Billings is a good striker of the ball, and that can be seen in his strike rate of over 130 in T20s.

Reece Topley – bowler, Oval Invincibles

 The left-arm pacer recently put up good performances against India and South Africa. Topley overall has 14 wickets in 15 T20Is and 155 wickets in 120 T20s.

Sunil Narine – all-rounder, Oval Invincibles

Sunil Narine can contribute equally with both the bat and ball. He is one of the most sought after players in franchise cricket tournaments. Narine brings with him the experience of a whopping 419 T20s, from which he has a batting strike rate of almost 149 along with 452 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – OVAL vs LON

OVAL vs LON – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit game of the Men’s Hundred 2022 will not be televised live in in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app or also on Youtube. The match will begin at 10.00 PM IST on August 4.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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