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23 July 2021
After two thrilling encounters in the first two games of the newest format of the game The Hundred, the third day of the competition will witness its first doubleheader when the Men’s and Women’s teams of London Spirit and Birmingham Phenix will be taking on each other.
There are a lot of stars lined up for both these games to entertain the people in the stadium and on the screens as well. Already in the past two days, The Hundred has broken all previous viewership records in the UK on BBC and in terms of live streaming. With Friday being a gateway to the weekend, the numbers are only going to increase.
Birmingham Phoenix vs London Spirit
Date and Time: July 23, 2021, 11:00 pm IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Live Stream in India: Fancode App
The wicket at Edgbaston is going to have a run-fest and with only 100 balls per innings, nothing less than a run-fest is expected either. However, spinners could turn out to be a surprise with their variations
Sunny with intervals of gentle breeze is the prediction of the weather at Edgbaston and hence a great game is expected without any interruptions.
The Phoenix has got a phenomenal squad with prime T20 players [playing for them. There are a lot of them and picking the top three is going to be very difficult from among the likes of Finn Allen, Chris Woakes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir.
Been in a red hot form, Livingstone has recently broken the record for fastest English T20I century which he hit against Pakistan off just 42 balls. He has been in phenomenal form overall even for his domestic side Lancashire helping them reach the Quarterfinals in the T20 Blast.
The skipper of the side and back batting in the top order and representing Birmingham, known as the mini subcontinent, Moeen Ali has everything going for him in this competition. A prolific hitter of the white cricket ball, the 33-year-old would be a dangerous prospect in the tournament.
Tahir not only brings his energy to the team even at the age of 40 but also has a lot up his sleeves in terms of skills, be it his wrong-un, leg spinner or the celebration style.
Finn Allen, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Miles Hammond, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Dominic Sibley, Tom Abell, Chris Woakes, Adam Milne, Imran Tahir, Adam Hose, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Will Smeed, Tom Helm, Chris Cooke, Benny Howell
Dom Sibley, Finn Allen, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (c), Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Cooke (wk), Chris Woakes, Adam Milne, Tom Helm Imran Tahir
The Spirit has no dearth of stars either as they have none other than Shane Warne, one of the most popular men in the game, coaching them. But part from him and among players, they have the likes of English skipper Eoin Morgan, T20 specialist Ravi Bopara, pace ace Mark Wood, Afghan expat Mohammad Nabi, Pakistan speedster Mohammad Nabi and homegrown talents like Dan Lawrence and Jade Dernbach.
Picking three from them is a difficult prospect altogether. But still, the three things that make the difference are
Coming off a match-winning knock against Pakistan, Morgan has not been in a great form otherwise, even in the T20 Blast with his side Middlesex. But the pedigree he carries, the legacy he has built-in white-ball cricket is just unquestionable and thus he becomes the number one game-changer.
His ability to bring a change in the game with his big-hitting abilities with the willow and wicket-taking abilities with the off-spin makes him an amazing pick for the team from the capital. He has the experience of playing throughout the world and thus could utilise it in the shortest form.
Not part of his national side, Amir who can bowl exceptionally well at the start of the innings as well as at the death could be the best pick for the Spirit to bowl the 10 balls over as well. He too has the experience of playing in various leagues to back him up.
Josh Inglis, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Lawrence, Luis Reece, Mark Wood, Mohammad Amir, Blake Cullen, Roelof van der Merwe, Jade Dernbach, Chris Wood, Adam Rossington, Mason Crane
Josh Inglis (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Eoin Morgan (c), Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Daniel Lawrence, Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Wood, Mohammad Amir, Jade Dernbach
Josh Inglis, Finn Allen, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Imran Tahir
Captain: Liam Livingstone
Vice Captain: Mohammad Nabi