Date: August 17, 2021
Time: 11 PM IST
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
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Northern Superchargers and Birmingham Phoenix will lock horns in the 31st match of the Men's Championship. Northern Superchargers played their last game at the same venue and secured an emphatic victory. The pitch is expected to behave like it did in the last game. The weather also looks to be pleasant. It will be an enthralling contest between the table toppers and the fifth-placed team.
Birmingham Phoenix have been almost unstoppable with five wins from seven games. They have won their last four games but that was the case when Moeen Ali was there in the team. Ali was leading the Phoenix from the front but now with him gone, responsibilities will fall down on Livingstone’s shoulders. And as we have seen him bat brilliantly against Pakistan, he can create some serious problems for the Superchargers. Imran Tahir also registered the first hat-trick of The Hundred and can chip in with some economical as well as attacking overs.
For Northern Superchargers, a lot needs to be done to make it to the playoffs. They have won three out of seven games and lost the same number of games. David Willey has done well as the captain and is expected to continue his form. Superchargers, in their last game, put 200/5 on the board and then bowled out the opposition on 131, registering a 63 runs win. John Simpson stole the show with his fiery knock of 71* off 28 balls. So, he will try to replicate his performance.
Probable Playing XI
Birmingham Phoenix: Finn Allen, Will Smeed, Liam Livingstone (C), Miles Hammond, Chris Benjamin, Chris Cooke (wk), Benny Howell, Dillion Pennington, Tom Helm, Patrick Brown, Imran Tahir
Northern Superchargers: Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Lynn, David Willey (C), Dane Vilas, Jordan Thompson, John Simpson (wk), Brydon Carse, Ben Raine, Matthew Potts, Adil Rashid, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Wicketkeepers: John Simpson, Chris Crooke
Batsmen: Will Smeed, Finn Allen, Chris Lynn
All-rounders: David Willey, Liam Livingstone, Ben Raine, Jordan Thompson
Bowlers: Imran Tahir, Tom Helm, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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