Manchester Originals will be taking on Trent Rockets in the 11th game of the ongoing Hundred at Old Trafford, Manchester. Led by Jos Butler Originals are yet to register their first victory in the tournament. In their previous encounter against Table-Toppers London Spirits, they lost with a huge 52-run margin. With two losses in two games they are placed at 7th in the points table and they are in desperate need of a victory. On paper, the team looks more solid and balanced but they need to showcase their skills on the ground. It’s high time for senior pros like Andre Russell, Jos Butler, and other players to step up and start performing.
Trent Rockets on another hand have won one out of two games they have played. Let by Lewis Gregory Rockets have won comfortably by seven wickets with 6-balls to spare while chasing 153 against Northern Superchargers. They will look to continue their winning momentum by securing a victory today against struggling Originals. The team has got the right mix of youth of experience and if they start performing up to their potential they are the team to beat this year. Their bowling needs to tighten up a bit and that is a point of concern at the moment.
Players to watch out for:
Trent Rockets: David Malan
David Malan is in sublime form as of now. Recently he was criticized for his poor showing for England but he has answered his critics by scoring 88 off 49-balls in his last outing against Superchargers. With the striker of 181.13, he is the player to watch out for this year and he will also look to put up a strong show today as well.
The mighty Australian has already picked 6-wickets in the tournament and he is expected to do the same kind of damage to the Originals’ batting line-up. He is a seam-bowling all-rounder and adds batting depth. With the T20 world cup coming he will be looking to cement his place in the Australian side by putting up a strong performance.
Manchester Originals: Jos Butler
Captain Jos Butler is a devil and he is expected to fire his engines today. He should put up a strong performance at the top that can help his fellow batters to come and express themselves. He is a champion player and you can’t keep quiet for a long period.
The Swashbuckling all-rounder Jos butler is yet to fire his engine with both bat and ball. Today might be the day for him.
The wicket at Old Trafford is flat track scores more than 140 are easily achieved. Over 320 runs were scored in the last encounter and today also same kinds of fireworks from the batters are expected. Chasing would be the ideal choice for teams.
No Rains are expected today and you can expect the full match without any disruption.
Expected Playing XI:
Jos Buttler (c), Phil Salt (wk), Wayne Madsen, Andre Russell, Paul Walter, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner, Sean Abbott, Tom Hartley, Fred Klaassen, Matt Parkinson.
Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Kohler-Cadmore (wk), Colin Munro, Lewis Gregory (c), Joe Root, Samit Patel, Daniel Sams, Luke Wood, Luke Fletcher, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Who Will Win?
Considering the current form and team composition Rockets are expected to come top of Originals. But Originals will be desperate to register their first win as well. So an interesting game awaits cricketing fans.