A breathtaking thriller in Oval saw Manchester Originals chase 197 runs to win the Eliminator and qualify for the finals of the ongoing Hundred 2023. Skipper Jos Buttler wreaked havoc, hitting 82 runs off just 46 deliveries while Max Holden and Philip Salt supported him well in the middle. Thus, the team will be extremely confident of winning the title when they take on Oval Invincibles in the final on August 27 in Lord’s.
Oval Invincibles, meanwhile, have decimated Originals when these two teams squared off against each other earlier in the season. The Sam Billings-led side won the match by 94 runs and went on to finish as league leaders, as the team earned direct qualification for the final. Hence, they will be confident as well. Players like Will Jacks and Gus Atkinson will be key in their attempt to win the title.
Tournament: The Hundred Men’s Competition 2023
Match: Oval Invincibles vs Manchester Originals, Final
Venue: Lord’s, London
Date & Time: Sunday, August 27, 10:30 pm (IST)
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network, SonyLiv and FanCode
Lord’s, London Pitch Report
The surface at Lord’s typically assists the batters. Anything over 160 runs will be a competitive score and the skipper winning the toss should choose to bat first and put pressure on the opponent.
Probable Playing XIs
Oval Invincibles (OVI)
Jason Roy, Will Jacks, Tawanda Muyeye, Sam Curran, Sam Billings (wk/c), James Neesham, Tom Curran, Gus Atkinson, Nathan Sowter, Adam Zampa, Spencer Johnson
Manchester Originals (MNR)
Philip Salt, Jos Buttler (wk/c), Max Holden, Laurie Evans, Wayne Madsen, Paul Walter, Jamie Overton, Calvin Harrison, Joshua Little, Zaman Khan, Richard Gleeson
OVI vs MNR Head-to-Head
Played – 3, Oval Invincibles – 2, Manchester Originals – 1
Probable Top Performers
Probable Best Batter of the Match
Jos Buttler- Manchester Originals
England white-ball skipper Jos Buttler has been a force to reckon with in the ongoing tournament. He has amassed 380 runs in nine matches and with that, he is currently the leading run-scorer of the tournament. In the last match, he hit 82 runs to change the complexion of the game and hence, will play a key role in the night of the finals.
Probable Best Bowler of the Match
Gus Atkinson – Oval Invincibles
25-year-old Gus Atkinson has been sensational in the tournament, picking up 10 wickets in just five matches. Courtesy of his performance, the pacer managed to get into the national squad as well. Hence, there will be a lot of focus on him in the final.