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Souhern Braves Vs Manchester Originals , 18th Match , The Hundred Men's Competition 2022

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We have just passed the midway mark in The Hundred Men's Competition 2022 and things are beginning to get clearer as far as the qualification scenarios are concerned. This upcoming match between Southern Brave and Manchester Originals is to be played on the evening of 18th August 2022 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Southern Brave made a terrific start to their title defense but the brightness with which they started began to fade off after they posted their first win. They defeated Welsh Fire in their opening game by a massive margin of nine wickets but have since then failed to find success. While Southern Brave have a pretty good limited-overs side on-paper, they have badly missed their execution plans. James Vince, their best batsman, has been too inconsistent, having played just one innings of substance from four matches. Their other hard-hitters in Tim David, Quinton de Kock, and Marcus Stoinis are yet to exhibit their skills. Their bowling, which was so good in the opening game, has struggled primarily due to the injuries. Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills are already out of the competition, leaving the Brave bowling attack in tatters. George Garten is already playing selected matches and it would be interesting to see if he takes the field in this match.

Manchester Originals have had a campaign precisely opposite to that of Southern Brave. They started off with three back to back defeats but a win over Welsh Fire in their most-recent match should boost their confidence coming into this match. Another win here will push them back into the reckoning and that is exactly what they will be aiming for. The likes of Phil Salt and Jos Buttler have done reasonably well up until now and a lot will depend on them for the Originals to do well here in this match. With the ball, it's been Sean Abbott leading the way for them. Overall, they have a terrific side with all bases covered and would want to get their execution right. A win in their previous match would certainly help them as well. If their stalwarts are able to come good in this upcoming contest, Southern Brave will have their work cut out.


We have seen only a couple of matches played here at Southampton thus far and none of those turned out to be high-scoring. Having said that, batting does seem to be getting easier here and we might well see the best version of the surface in this upcoming game. The venue features fairly sized boundaries and a sporting surface, making it suitable for the batsmen as well as the bowlers. With the ball likely to stop a bit once old, spinners will enjoy bowling here with the older ball. Keeping all that into consideration, the team batting first would want to put a total of at least 160 runs on the board.

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Southern Brave have now lost three matches on the trot and might be running a bit low on confidence
Jos Buttler and Phil Salt have done pretty well in the competition so far and will not be easy to stop for a depleted Southern Brave bowling attack
Manchester Originals have a better-balanced side between the two, at least on paper

Welsh Fire Vs Southern Brave , 1st Match , The Hundred Men's Competition 2022

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Cricket's newest format, the Hundred, is about to kick off and there is a lot of excitement around it. The playing format is quick and is broken down into balls rather than overs. The basics of the game remain the same but it has proven to be an innovative concept that will push the game even further.

The first match of the Hundred 2022 is going to be played between Southern Brave and Welsh Fire. All of the cricket betting sites have Southern Brave as their favorite to win this match. Let us take a look at the two teams in detail and see if that is indeed where your money should be.

Southern Brave is the defending champions after an excellent inaugural season saw it flex its muscles. Most of the squad from last season has been retained and so the team obviously goes in as a pre-tournament favorite. The bowling attack for Southern Brave is a bit of a concern. George Garton and Tymal Mills, two players that did very well last season, are coming into the Hundred 2022 in poor form. That will put additional pressure on Chris Jordan as well as the all-rounders. Jake Lintott or Rehan Ahmed could find a place in the playing eleven, depending on the team balance, both providing a mystery-spin option.

Welsh Fire finished 7th out of 8 teams in 2021. That has led to a complete squad revamp ahead of the Hundred 2022 and the team will be hoping for a very different kind of result. A look at their new set of players suggests that the batting order is quite powerful with some excellent options available to them. Joe Clarke, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, and David Miller could all find a place in the playing eleven for the first match. The batting order is going to have to be flexible because most of the players prefer batting in the top-2 or three and that is simply not possible. Naseem Shah, George Scrimshaw, and David Payne are all decent bowlers but not the kind that are going to win you too many small format matches. We question the balance of this team as only banking on big hitters is not going to be enough.


Southern Braves
Welsh Fire is going to be without Jonny Bairstow, who has pulled out of the Hundred and left a massive hole in their batting lineup
Southern Brave has a better-balanced team
Southern Brave has a superior bowling lineup