Preview – Match 25 :  Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire | Squad, Fantasy Playing XI, Venue, Players to Watch

The 25th match of the Hundred will be played between Southern Brave and Welsh Fire on August 11 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. While the Brave are comfortably sitting at the top of the table, Fire, on the other hand are trailing behind, having managed to win just two out of their six matches. Will Fire bounce back or will Brave continue to rule the roost? Tune in to find out….

 

Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire - The Women's Hundred 2021
Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire – The Women’s Hundred 2021

 

Squads

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

Welsh Fire: Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Georgia Redmayne, Sarah Taylor (wk), Sophie Luff (c), Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Katie George, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey, Hannah Baker, Alice Macleod, Amy Gordon, Natasha Wraith, Bethan Ellis, Lauren Filer

Players to watch out for

Sophia Dunkley (Southern Brave): The England middle-order bat has been in good form in the recent past. She is the leading run-getter for her team with 163 runs from six outings, including the best of 50 not out. She has a healthy strike rate of 138.13. She can hold the innings as well as use the long handle at wish.

Amanda Wellington (Southern Brave): The leg spinner has been the most successful bowler for the Brave. She has scalped eight wickets in six matches, including the best of 4-14. She is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far (as of August 9, 2021).

Hayley Matthews (Welsh Fire): The West Indian all-rounder is the highest run-getter for the Fire, with 196 runs from six matches, including the best of 71 not out. She has a good strike rate of 127.27. She is the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament so far (as of August 9, 2021). With the ball, the off-spinner has accounted for seven wickets.

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Georgia Redmayne (Welsh Fire): She is the second leading run-getter for the Fire with 117 runs from six matches, including the best of 38 not out. The top-order bat has made some useful contributions in the competitions and has shown lot of promise.

Weather conditions

It is a 3 pm (local) start at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The weather looks good throughout the course of the match. There is almost no chance of rain as the weather forecasts show a low chance of precipitation. The average temperature is around 19 degrees Celsius, with a moderate breeze blowing from the south-southwest.

Pitch

This will be the third match of the tournament at the venue. In the last two matches, the teams batting second have won. It is a good wicket that offers assistance to batters and bowlers. The first match saw 140 odd runs being chased down with ease. While the second match, which was a rain-curtailed affair aided the bowlers but in the end batters dominated the show. With no rain forecast, a full game is likely to be on offer.

Fantasy playing XI

Sarah Taylor, Sophia Dunkley, Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Redmayne, Smriti Mandhana, Hayley Matthews, Amanda Wellington, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Bell, Piepa Cleary, Nicole Harvey

Date: August 11, 2021

Time: 7.30pm IST

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Live streaming: Fan Code

I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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