Trent Rockets and Birmingham Phoenix will meet for the second time in the Hundred 2021 competition. Both clubs have the same record going into this encounter. They both have four victories from six games and are now one point behind the league leaders.
This implies that whoever wins this match will go to the top of the standings.
The preceding match between the Trent Rockets and the Birmingham Phoenix was won by Birmingham by 6 wickets. The Trent Rockets will now try to repay the favor. The game will take place on August 13, 2021, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Match Details to Note
Match: Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix, The Hundred Men 2021
Date: August 13, 2021 (Friday)
Time: 11:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix Team Previews
Trent Rockets lost their last match versus the Manchester Originals due to weather, but they still put up a good fight. The Rockets needed to score 126 runs in 65 balls, but they fell 10 runs short. This is without the help of Darcy Short, Dawid Malan, or Tom Moores.
Some players are contributing for the Trent Rockets, with four batters in the team has scored more than 100 runs each.
Alex Hales leads the team in runs scored with 150, although Darcy Short (141) and Dawid Malan (148) are close behind. Interestingly, Alex Hales does not have a single fifty, but Short and Malan both have two.
Trent Rockets have a solid batting lineup, with Samit Patel, Lewis Gregory, and even Rashid Khan playing in the bottom middle order.
Rashid Khand and van der Gugten had a bad day in the last match, going for nearly two runs per ball. The Trent Rockets, on the other hand, would be unconcerned. Rashid Khan is the team’s leading wicket-taker at the moment and should recover quickly.
The Trent Rockets’ bowling lineup includes Samit Patel, Matthew Carter, Samuel Cook, Timm van der Gugten, and Lewis Gregory.
Trent Rockets Squad
D Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores(w), Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, Lewis Gregory(c), Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter, Timm van der Gugten, Samuel Cook, Ben Cox, Luke Wright, Wahab Riaz, Marchant de Lange, Luke Wood
Trent Rockets have one of The Hundred’s most deadly top orders. However, it did not do well the previous time. Alex Hales, D’Arcy Short, and Dawid Malan will have to go off. The middle-order, which includes Tom Moores, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney, and skipper Lewis Gregory, will have to step up as well.
Rashid and Samit have not been consistent and must improve. Wahab Riaz and Luke Wood were injured in the previous game. The Rockets will be hoping that they are in good enough shape to play. Sam Cook has put up a strong performance and may keep his position.
Predicted XI: Lewis Gregory (c), D’Arcy Short, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores (wk), Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, Rashid Khan, Matthew Carter, Timm van der Gugten/ Wahab Riaz, Sam Cook
Before this encounter, Birmingham Phoenix had won three consecutive games. It is peaking at the perfect time, but it will be put to the test in the coming matches. Moeen Ali, one of the team’s talismans, has been called up to the English Test squad and will not be available. That is a tremendous setback.
Consider the following statistics. Moeen Ali has 189 runs for Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred thus far (the most for his team), 12 sixes (also the most for his team), 12 fours (also the most for his team), and four wickets with the ball. Moeen Ali cannot be replaced, and his departure will drastically harm Birmingham Phoenix.
Will Smeed’s rise at the top of the order has been a big boon for Birmingham Phoenix. He’s hit 146 runs in just three innings, including 10 home runs. Birmingham’s batting is still extremely powerful when players like Liam Livingstone, Finn Allen, Christopher Benjamin, and Miles Hammond are in the lineup. Even without Moeen Ali, there are a handful of match-winners in the squad.
In the previous encounter, Imran Tahir took a hat-trick and five wickets. His total number of wickets remains at 7, thus we do not propose him as our selection for the Top Bowler in this match. Adam Milne has 8 wickets and is the bowling attack’s leader, along with Benny Howell (7 wickets). You may select one of them to be the best bowler.
Birmingham Phoenix is a highly good team in every facet of the game and should not be written off simply because Moeen is not there.
Birmingham Phoenix Squad
Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone(c), Chris Benjamin(w), Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir, Adam Hose, Dillon Pennington, Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Cooke
Last time around, Phoenix racked up a whopping 184 points. Will Smeed (65), Moeen Ali (59), and Liam Livingstone (31) batted. They were dealt a big setback, though, when Moeen Ali was called up to the England Test team, meaning their skipper would miss the rest of The Hundred.
In such a case, Finn Allen and the other batters will have to share the burden. With Chris Woakes’ status unknown, Tom Abell is expected to take Moeen’s position. Captain Liam Livingstone will take over.
Predicted XI: Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Tom Abell, Liam Livingstone (c), Chris Benjamin (wk), Benny Howell, Miles Hammond, Adam Milne, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir.
Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix Toss Prediction
We don’t think the coin toss will be very crucial here. So far, the team that has chased has won both matches played here, but the converse has been true for the Women’s event.
Nonetheless, we believe the captain who wins the toss will prefer to field first.
Pitch and Conditions
Nottingham’s weather prediction for match day is good. There is minimal danger of rain in the forecast, so we should have a full game to enjoy. In terms of the pitch, we’re looking for a solid hitting pitch that will allow these two powerful batting teams to show us what they’re capable of.
So far, the greatest score batting first in Trent Bridge is 132. However, that was not enough to win, and we believe teams will strive for at least 150-160 in this encounter.
Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix Match Prediction
We will be rooting for Trent Bridge to win this match. Both teams are extremely similar to one another. They both have a formidable batting lineup as well as a good bowling team. The difference in this match will be determined by little details.
We believe the Trent Rockets will have the edge since they are playing at home, Moeen Ali is missing, and they have a somewhat deeper batting lineup.
Trent Rockets is the favorite to win.