Preview – Match 3 : Southern Brave vs Trent Rockets | Squad, Fantasy Playing XI, Venue, Players to Watch

The third match of The Hundred will be played between Trent Rockets and Southern Brave on July 24 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The first two matches have already produced some exciting contests and it is expected that the upcoming game between Rockets and Brave will stand up to the expectations.

 

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Squads for the Match today

Southern Brave: Smriti Mandhana, Danielle Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Sophia Dunkley, Maia Bouchier, Carla Rudd(w), Amanda Wellington, Anya Shrubsole(c), Fi Morris, Lauren Bell, Tara Norris, Paige Scholfield, Sonia Odedra, Ella McCaughan, Charlotte Taylor

Trent Rockets: Rachel Priest(w), Michaela Kirk, Heather Graham, Natalie Sciver(c), Abbey Freeborn, Kathryn Bryce, Teresa Graves, Ella Claridge, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Lucy Higham, Nancy Harman, Alicia Presland, Emily Windsor

Top 4 Players to watch out for

Smriti Mandhana (Southern Brave):

 

Smriti Mandhana - Southern Brave - The Women's Hundred 2021
Smriti Mandhana – Southern Brave – The Women’s Hundred 2021

 

India’s T20I vice-captain and the opening bat has featured in 81 T20Is and has scored 1901 runs, including 13 half-centuries. She has a strike rate of 121.31 and an average of 26.04. The southpaw has the experience of playing in global T20 leagues like WBBL and Kia Super League. She is a treat to watch when on the song and has the ability to win matches for the team single-handedly. In the recently concluded India-England series, she was the leading run-getter for India and second overall with 119 runs at a strike rate of 141.67.

Stafanie Taylor (Southern Brave):

Stafanie Taylor - Southern Brave - The Women's Hundred 2021
Stafanie Taylor – Southern Brave – The Women’s Hundred 2021

 

The legendary West Indian cricketer is one of the best all-rounders in the world of women’s cricket. She is the captain of the West Indies. The right-hand bat has played 111 T20Is and has scored 3121 runs, including 21 half-centuries. She is the 2nd highest run-getter in women’s T20Is and also ranks second in the list of women cricketers with a maximum of half-centuries in T20Is. She is also the fastest to 3000 T20I runs as she completed the feat in 103 innings. She also bowls right-arm off-spin and has picked up 98 wickets in 87 innings. She has many records to her name and the most unique one being the only player in history, male or female, to ever achieve the number one ODI ranking in both batting and bowling simultaneously for the year 2013.

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Natalie Sciver (Trent Rockets):

 

Natalie Sciver - Trent Rockets - The Women's Hundred 2021
Natalie Sciver – Trent Rockets – The Women’s Hundred 2021

 

She is the number 1 T20I all-rounder in the world of women’s cricket. She has represented England in 86 T20Is. She has scored 1668 runs at a strike rate of 113.70. She has picked up 70 wickets, including two four-wicket hauls in 78 innings. Born in Tokyo, playing football and tennis before cricket, and playing her early cricket in the Netherlands, Sciver has had an impressive cricketing journey. She made her England debut in 2013 and since then has been a vital cog in the line-up. Not to forget she is fresh from a prolific series against India, in which she had a lion’s share in England’s win in the multi-format affair with both bat and ball.

Katherine Brunt (Trent Rockets): 

 

Katherine Brunt - Trent Rockets - The Women's Hundred 2021
Katherine Brunt – Trent Rockets – The Women’s Hundred 2021

 

She is the spearhead of England’s pace attack and has been a consistent performer for the team over the last 17 years.  The right arm seamer has featured in 92 T20Is and picked up 96 wickets at an economy of 5.53 and an average of 19.06. Apart from her bowling, she is a handy bat in the lower middle order. She has scored 503 runs in 57 innings at a strike rate of 112.78 and the best score of 42 not out. She has good yorkers and lethal bouncers in her armory which can give any batter a run for her money.

Weather conditions

It is an 11 am (local) start and the weather looks good for a day’s play of cricket. The average temperature is expected to be around 19°C. There will be a light cloud cover and a gentle breeze blowing across east-northeast. There is almost no probability of rain as the weather forecasts low chances of precipitation.

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Pitch

It is a good cricketing wicket as it aids the batters as well as the bowlers. The batters have been enjoying batting here as it is evident from the high scoring games that have happened at the venue. On the other hand, a gentle to moderate breeze bowling across the ground can aid the bowlers in getting some movement. The average score for 12 matches (men’s T20Is) on this ground is 158 and the teams batting first have won 7 out of the 12 games.

Average 1st innings score: 161 (max score: 232 and min score: 111)

Average 2nd innings score: 143 (max score: 201 and min score: 110)

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