Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Lord's, London
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Preview: The Southern Brave will be up against Oval Invincibles in The Hundred Women's Championship final later on Saturday set to be staged at the Lord's, London. While the Southern Brave topped the women’s The Hundred table comprehensively after finishing on 14 points, five points clear of their nearest rivals to secure a place in the final at Lord's, Oval Invincibles reached the finale after a 20-run win over Birmingham Phoenix in the eliminator. They had finished at second place in the league stage which makes it for a fitting finale between the two best teams in the competition.
Analysis: All eyes will be on Gaby Lewis for Southern Brave. The 20-year-old Ireland international has come into the Brave line-up as a replacement for Indian star Smriti Mandhana and will have a huge pressure of filling up scoring in her absence. Notably, Madhana had made a good opening partnership with Wyatt before flying home to India ahead of their tour to Australia. If Lewis can find her form, it would make the job of the opposition all the more difficult.
Questions are being asked from Fran Wilson as well who managed just the third double-digit score in eight innings. In fact, her strike rate of 94.31 isn't the most impressive either and the Oval Invincibles' number 3 would look to answer her critics come the big stage.
Probable Playing XI:
Southern Brave: Gaby Lewis, Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Stafanie Taylor, Maia Bouchier, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Anya Shrubsole (c), Fi Morris, Tara Norris, Carla Rudd (wk), Lauren Bell
Oval Invincibles: Georgia Adams, Dane van Niekerk (c), Fran Wilson, Marizanne Kapp, Alice Capsey, Mady Villiers, Joanne Gardner, Grace Gibbs, Sarah Bryce (wk), Tash Farrant, Shabnim Ismail
Wicketkeepers: Carla Rudd, Sarah Bryce
Batters: Sophia Dunkley, Danni Wyatt, Georgia Adams, Joanne Gardner
All-rounders: Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Alice Capsey
Bowlers: Lauren Bell, Tash Farrant, Anya Shrubsole, Shabnim Ismail
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