WEF vs OVI: Welsh Fire blew rather cold in the first game bringing fears of last season back. They seem to have batting issues still, and will be eager to sort those out before it gets too late. OVI did a lot better in their opening game. They matched their opponent well but fell short by a painful three runs, and that may comeback to hurt them as they lost a cracker.
Played- 1 | OVI- 1 | WEF- 0 | No Result- 1
Match: WEF vs OVI
Date: 7th August 2022
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The weather seems ok during the OVI vs LNS game with mild chances of rain.
The London track is flat and good for batting. A lot of runs are likely and batting second is a better option. The square boundaries are a little bigger though and some spin is on offer. With big boundaries and a slower track, spinners will have a role to play.
Jason Roy, Rory Burns, Sam Billings(wk), Hilton Cartwright, Jack Leaning, Sunil Narine, Will Jacks, Jack Haynes, Reece Topley, Mohammad Hasnain, Matt Milnes
Tom Banton, Joe Clarke, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Josh Cobb, Jacob Bethell, Ryan Higgins, Naseem Shah, Noor Ahmed, Adam Zampa
Jason Roy’s slump continues. A first ball duck in a chase earlier in the week to start the Hundred may be a little demoralizing. His slow walk back to the dug out is getting slower and he will be waiting badly to find some runs. With the Hundred a great platform, he will need to find a way to get his touch back and keep his place in the national side.
Ben Duckett got a good start in the first game but with little support around him he couldnt do much to save his side. He is batting pretty well though and improved his game against spin, which will be key as the tournament progresses.
Without Bairstow, WEF’s batting looks very light. They are struggling and struggled through last year too. Until he comes back, it will be a tough time for them as OVI are in with an advantage.