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Debashis Sarangi ∙ Aug 23 2022, 5:30 PM

LS vs WF: Preview, Match Analysis, Fantasy Tips and Dream11


image-l7628mn6London Spirit [PC: Twitter]

The 24th match of the ongoing Men's Hundred competition will see London Spirit taking on Welsh Fire at the iconic Lord's tomorrow at 11.00 PM IST. 

Pitch Report: One game played at the venue in the Hundred this season witnessed a first innings score of 160. The wicket generally plays well with even bounce on it. So, we expect it to be batting-friendly tomorrow. As it has been a trend in this tournament, the toss-winning team will likely opt to field first. 

Team Analysis

LONDON SPIRIT

  • If Kieron Pollard doesn't feature in this game due to his participation in the sixty league, the Spirit will likely bring Ravi Bopara into the playing XI. 

Possible Strategy

  • Welsh Fire have an LHB-heavy middle order, with the likes of Ben Duckett, Leus du Plooy, David Miller, etc. So, Eoin Morgan might use Daniel Lawrence more than the regular bowler Liam Dawson in the middle overs. Further, Welsh Fire opener Joe Clarke averages just 6.5 against Dawson, which is why Morgan might use the left-arm spinner up front in this game. 

Threat

image-l761jibkLeus du Plooy in action [PC: Twitter]

  • Leus du Plooy averages 43.8 and strikes at an incredible rate of 144.6 against right-arm leg spinners. He also has struck at a fabulous rate of 250 against Mason Crane. So, he could emerge as a threat to the young leg spinner.

Opportunity

  • The way Welsh Fire's top order fell prey to George Garton last night must have boosted the confidence of Chris Wood. Being the lone left-arm seamer in London's bowling lineup, Wood certainly has the opportunity to trouble Welsh's top four if he gets some assistance. 

WELSH FIRE

Possible Strategy

  • As London Spirit have an RHB-heavy batting lineup, we might see Joshua Cobb bowling more than he usually does. Notably, Cobb averages an impressive 15.63 with the ball against right-handed batters in T20s this year. 

Threat

image-l761mfkvBen McDermott [PC: Twitter]

  • Ben McDermott has averaged 47.25 and struck at an impressive rate of 157.5 against right-arm leg spinners in the last two years. So, he could be a significant threat to Matthew Critchley and Joshua Cobb in the middle overs. 

Opportunity 

  • London Spirit openers, Adam Rossington and Daniel Bell-Drummond, collectively average a mere 15.33 against left-arm seamers in T20s. This allows David Payne to prove his mettle with the ball in the powerplay. 

CREX 11 Fantasy Tips

Wicket-keeper: Ben McDermott, Adam Rossington
Batters: Eoin Morgan, Ben Duckett, Daniel Lawrence, Leus du Plooy
All-rounders: Dwaine Pretorius, Jordan Thompson
Bowlers: Jake Ball, Mason Crane, Chris wood

Captain: Ben McDermott
Vice Captain: Dwaine Pretorius


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