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SB vs WF, 1st Match, The Hundred Men’s Competition – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire, (SB vs WF, 1st Match)

Date: August 3, 2022 – 11:30 PM IST

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

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 Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire men’s clash at 11:30 PM IST.

Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire, 1st Match:

The second edition of the Hundred – men’s competition is all set to get underway on August 3 as the defending champions Southern Brave kick off the action against Welsh Fire. The two teams will lock horns at the home venue of Southern Brave – the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.

The format of the tournament remains the same as the previous year, with eight teams playing eight games each. The table-toppers go straight to the final while the second and third placed teams fight for a berth in the final.

Southern Brave had an incredible campaign in the inaugural season of the Hundred. They finished second on the table with 11 points, beating Trent Rockets in the Eliminator by seven wickets. The James Vince-led side then defeated Birmingham Phoenix in the final by 32 runs to clinch the title.

Welsh Fire didn’t have a good season, finishing seventh on the table with only six points. They managed to win only three out of eight matches. Jonny Bairstow is the captain of Welsh Fire but he’s unlikely to feature in the competition for most part with international commitments, with Ben Duckett stepping up.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SB vs WF, 1st Match

The Ageas Bowl in Southampton has one of the biggest boundaries in the country. Both pacers and spinners get assistance here and as a result, not many high-scoring games happen here. The average first innings score here in T20 cricket reads 164 with the team batting first winning 64% of the matches.

The weather forecast in Birmingham on Wednesday evening looks alright for the match. It could be a bit cloudy but there’s only a 5% chance of precipitation.

Southern Brave – Expected XI and Team News

Southern Brave have managed to retain most of their squad from the previous edition. The young leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed is a new addition and will join the bowling attack of Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, George Garton and Jake Lintott. Quinton de Kock and Finn Allen will be unavailable for the first few games, with Marcus Stoinis likely to open the innings.

Probable XI – James Vince (c), Marcus Stoinis, Alex Davies (wk), Tim David, Ross Whiteley, Craig Overton, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Rehan Ahmed, Jake Lintott, Tymal Mills

Welsh Fire – Expected XI and Team News

Welsh Fire have had quite a revamp from the squad they had last season. The likes of Glenn Phillips and Ian Cockbain were released, with Joe Clarke, David Miller, Adam Zampa and Naseem Shah joining the team for this edition. Bairstow will not be available for the first part of the edition, having opted for rest ahead of the Test series against South Africa. Josh Cobb will captain in his place.

Probable XI – Jonny Bairstow (c), Tom Banton (wk), Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, David Miller, Ollie Pope, Ryan Higgins, Matt Critchley, David Payne, Naseem Shah, Adam Zampa

Head to head record of SB vs WF

Total Encounters – 2

Southern Brave Won – 1

Welsh Fire Won – 1

1st Match: Five players to watch out for in the SB vs WF match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

James Vince: Batter, Southern Brave

One of the most consistent batters in the T20 arena, James Vince has been in superb form in recent times. He was the top run-getter in this year’s T20 Blast, amassing 678 runs from 16 innings at an average of 48 while striking at 146. Vince scored two hundreds and three fifties in the tournament. He is a great C/VC option, priced at 9.5 credits.

Ben Duckett: Batter, Welsh Fire

Ben Duckett has a solid T20 record, having scored 3,815 runs in 159 matches at an average of nearing 30 with a strike rate of over 137. With 25 fifties to his name, he is a reliable captain/vice captain pick in the absence of Jonny Bairstow.

Tymal Mills: Bowler, Southern Brave

Tymal Mills remains one of the most prolific wicket-takers in the T20 arena. The left arm pacer has 198 wickets from 171 matches at a strike rate of 17.8 with two four-wicket hauls. Mills snared 15 wickets in just nine games in this year’s T20 Blast at a strike rate of 13.4. He will cost you 8.5 credits on the MPL.

Adam Zampa: Bowler, Welsh Fire

Adam Zampa is amongst the best spinners in white-ball cricket. The Australian has 238 wickets in his T20 career at an economy of 7.28 while striking at every 18 balls. He has three five-wicket hauls in the format with best figures of 6/19. Zampa should enjoy the long boundaries at Ageas Bowl. He will cost you 9 credits.

Tim David: Batter, Southern Brave

Having made his name with destructive hitting, Tim David will be one of the top picks. He has 2556 runs in his overall T20 career at an average of 34 while striking at 165, including 11 fifties. David did well for Lancashire in the T20 Blast, smashing over 400 runs in the season at 29 average and 175 strike rate. He’s priced at 9 credits.

MPL Fantasy XI

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Virat Kohli of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the third Vitality IT20 between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 10, 2022 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

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.

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