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The Hundred | Invincibles vs Spirit: When & where to watch match Live, Probable XI, Fantasy XI

The first London Derby of the inaugural season of The Hundred was washed out at Lord’s and the second one is now going to take place at Oval. It is going to be a very crucial game for the home side Oval Invincibles who would be without the services of their star bowling campaigner Saqib Mahmood. For Invincibles to go ahead in the tournament they must win this game to enter into the top three of the points table. 

Their opponent on the other hand have nothing to lose as they are already out of the race of the top three, having accumulated only three points from their six and at max, they can now get up to seven points with two wins in their next two games. That wouldn’t be good enough to take them to the Playoffs as the top three teams already have eight points.  

The Spirit would also be without the services of Mohammad Nabi who has headed back home to Afghanistan due to personal reasons. 

In a tense game such as this for the Oval, will they be able to secure a Playoffs birth or will they have to wait for their away fixture against Southern Brave to try and finish into the top three? Only time can tell. 

Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit: Match Details

Match Number- 28

Date and Time: August 14, 2021, 11:00 pm IST, 06:30 pm Local, 05:30pm IST

Venue: Kennington Oval, London

Live Stream: FanCode

Pitch Report

The pitch at Oval has been great if rated on the standards of The Hundred, providing enough for both the bowlers and the batters and ensuring a great high scoring contest, something that the packed house audience likes. 

Weather Forecast

After a week of gloom in London, the skies have finally cleared and hence a cracking game would be at the display as the precipitation percentage is down to 2% during the match hours. 

Oval Invincibles Probable XI

Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Alex Blake, Colin Ingram, Sam Billings (c & wk), Laurie Evans, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Reece Topley, Brandon Glover

London Spirit Probable XI

Adam Rossington (wk), Josh Inglis, Luis Reece, Joe Cracknell, Eoin Morgan (c), Ravi Bopara, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Blake Cullen, Bradley Wheal, Mason Crane

Fantasy XI

Jason Roy, Adam Rossington, Colin Ingram, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan, Roelof van der Merwe, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran, Tabraiz Shamsi, Blake Cullen, Bradley Wheal

Captain Jason Roy

Vice-Captain Eoin Morgan

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I never had a role model with which I could identify: Abtaha Maqsood, first Hijab-wearing cricketer in UK

Stereotypes are created by continuous repression of somebody’s desire by societal pressure. Sometimes it takes generations and many interventions to break that, at other times, just the free will of a determined person achieves it in a splash. Abtaha Maqsood, a British Muslim of Pakistani descent, who represents Scotland Women in International cricket and Birmingham Phoenix Women in the inaugural edition of The Hundred seemed to have broken a stereotype by her sheer willpower. A dentistry student from Glassgow, not only does Abtaha became the first woman to wear a Hijab (sacred headscarf worn generally by Muslim women to cover their head) in her international games for Scotland, but she also became the first cricketer to play a game in England and Wales sporting the Hijab. It happened during The Hundred where she has so far played seven games for Phoenix. Talking about this unique feat, the 22-year-old said, "When I was a young kid and I first started wearing the hijab and started playing cricket, it was tough for me back then.” “And now that I'm on this big stage and I feel so comfortable with myself, it just feels amazing to me,” she added in an interview with Sky Cricket. Saying that she didn’t feel she belonged on the biggest stage as she was having problems making her teammates and cricket board understand her needs and limitations, the leggie now feels that things have changed for the better. "Cricket Scotland has learned a lot and now things like halal food, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and stuff like that, not wearing shorts, all that sort of thing is just like second nature to them. They just kind of know now not to give me non-halal food and always to make sure that there is food available for me. We've come really far,” said the bowler who has represented her national team in 18 T20Is and has so far picked up 23 international wickets. Abataha feels that Birmingham Phoenix has been a great experience for her so far. But she focuses on the fact that representation of all ethnicities and all kinds of diversity is necessary for cricket and especially for young children to identify themselves with their role models. "I think representation matters so much. When I was growing up I never really had a role model to look up to who looked exactly like me; I really hope to be that person for a lot of people and I really hope that The Hundred shows me in that light and people are hopefully able to be inspired by that,” she said.


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Among Women of South Asian origin, Naomi Dattani is part of the privileged three who have got professional contracts to represent sides in England and Wales. But the British Indian, Middlesex captain’s way to this height hasn’t been easy one bit. Now playing the inaugural edition of The Hundred (Women’s), Dattani, has to make her way out of an orthodox Indian family in the UK. Although she grew up in Ealing in west London and went to the same Greenford High School as England football star Bukayo Saka, getting into cricket was something that didn’t come her way without a fight. "As I grew up through my 20s the questions around 'when are you getting married?' start coming in, and constantly trying to persuade or challenge those comments became quite tiring,” said the 27-year-old, who had her first senior game for Middlesex as early as 14 years of age. "I think it's been a long journey from playing in the back garden with my older brother smashing my mum's pots and plants everywhere!" the London born added in her interview to Sky Sports News. If the road has been so hard and arduous then why did she take it, when she could have had an easy career in law, medicine and other businesses like many other South Asians. Answering that Dattani says, "It spurs me on to keep going to know that I'm trying to pave the way for young Asian girls so they don't have to face that and they can go through that pathway a lot easier.” One among the 41 women to receive regional domestic contracts this year, the left haded Sunrisers batter is also spreading the idea of being proud of one’s culture without fearing being a minority. Narrating her own story, Dattani says, "I didn't really embrace my culture at that time. I just kind of wanted to fit in with everyone and not really make a big deal about it. But the older I've got, I've realised ... embrace my culture. I'm proud of who I am.” The all-rounder, who has had a decent season with Spirit Women side said how she now makes it a matter of pride that she wears and lives the way she wants to instead of trying to fit in. "I wear a necklace with a Ganesh (the Hindu God known for removing obstacles) that I hold on to every time I play a match. And I'm proud to come from where I come from,” she said. “I want to see people embracing their culture from a young age and not being shy to show it in front of others when they feel like they might be the minority,” added Dattani, whose team currently stands at sixth position on the table, but wins their last two games could well see them getting into the Playoffs by finishing in top three.