The match is being played at a ground where high-scores seem to be the norm and that could favor the Manchester Originals
Both teams have lost all of their matches so far
Manchester Originals have a much stronger batting lineup
Few people would have expected to see the Manchester Originals winless after playing three matches in the Hundred 2022 but that is exactly what has happened. Their next match is against Welsh Fire, the other winless team so far this season.
Manchester Originals scored 189 in the previous match and still ended up on the losing side! They came up against an absolutely brilliant Dawid Malan and could not really do much about it. If you take the positives from that match, then it is clear that the Manchester Originals are loaded in the batting department. Buttler and Salt are playing well, Russell showed signs of form in the previous match, and adding Stubbs gives the team an excellent option against spin as well. Laurie Evans and Will Madsen ensure that the Manchester Originals have enough batting depth to be able to attack without really worrying about being bowled out. The bowling lineup is a definite concern, though. Sean Abbott has been going for well over 2 runs a ball on average this season, Fred Klaassen has been expensive, and Matt Parkinson has struggled to keep the runs down as well.
Welsh Fire failed to chase down 130 in the previous match and that would have really dented their confidence. Runs have not been easy to come by for Welsh Fire this season and that let them down once more in a match that they really should have won. Joe Clarke got out for a duck, Tom Banton and Sam Hain got some runs, but David Miller played perhaps one of the strangest innings we have seen this season. He scored 35 not out of 30 and was perhaps the pivotal reason why Welsh Fire lost its match. Adam Zampa is the only bowler that has been consistently been able to ask some tough questions with the rest of the lineup average at best. David Payne, Dwaine Pretorious, and George Scrimshaw are not going to worry the Manchester Originals batters.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather forecast for this match is not the greatest and there is a fair bit of rain expected. We could have a truncated game or even one that is completely rained-out. If we do get a chance to see some cricket, though, we expect a lot of runs to be scored.
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