The Hundred Women's 2021: Eliminator OVI-W vs BPH-W Match Prediction - Who will win today's match?

The Hundred Women’s, 2021, Eliminator, Oval Invincibles vs Birmingham Phoenix, Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?

Shafali Verma isn't a part of the Phoenix's setup anymore.

Birmingham Phoenix Women
Birmingham Phoenix Women. (Photo by Nathan Stirk – ECB/ECB via Getty Images)

Preview

Oval Invincibles and Birmingham Phoenix are set to lock horns in the Eliminator of the Women’s Hundred on Friday at the Kennington Oval in London. The Invincibles, led by Dane van Niekerk, finished second on the points table despite their 30-run loss at the hands of Southern Brave.

The Phoenix, on the other hand, are on a three-match winning streak and have looked in ominous touch. In their previous game, they beat the Northern Superchargers by 14 runs. However, they won’t be having the services of Shafali Verma, who’ll be busy preparing for the Australia series.

Match Details

Match – Oval Invincibles vs Birmingham Phoenix – Eliminator

Venue – Kennington Oval, London

Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Kennington Oval hasn’t been an overly great one for batting. The average score at the venue suggests that an overly high-scoring game may not be in store. Chasing should be the preferred option on the surface.

Avg first innings score: 117 (3 matches in the Hundred at Kennington Oval)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1, N/R – 0

Playing combinations

Oval Invincibles

Predicted XI

Dane van Niekerk (c), Georgia Adams, Fran Wilson, Marizanne Kapp, Alice Capsey, Mady Villiers, Natasha Farrant, Grace Gibbs, Joanne Gardner, Sarah Bryce (w), Shabnim Ismail

Bench– Eva Gray, Danielle Gregory, Rhianna Southby, Megan Belt

Birmingham Phoenix

Predicted XI

Thea Brookes, Evelyn Jones, Amy Ellen Jones (w/c), Katie Mack, Erin Burns, Gwenan Davies, Isabelle Wong, Emily Arlott, Phoebe Franklin, Kirstie Gordon, Abtaha Maqsood

Bench– Georgia Elwiss, Marie Kelly, Ria Fackrell

Probable best batter of the match

Dane van Niekerk— Oval Invincibles

Dane van Niekerk has arguably been the standout batter for the Invincibles in the Women’s Hundred. In seven innings, the veteran has managed to score 231 runs at an average of 57.75 and a strike rate of 110.52. She also has two half-centuries to go with a top score of an unbeaten 67. Not to forget that van Niekerk can make breakthroughs with the ball as well.

Probable best bowler of the match

Kirstie Gordon — Birmingham Phoenix

Kirstie Gordon is one of the primary reasons why the Phoenix have made a comeback and qualified for the Eliminator. She is the leading wicket-taker for her team, having scalped 13 wickets from eight matches. The economy rate of 1.26 isn’t on the higher side either. The Phoenix will again be looking up to the tweaker to deliver the goods.

Today’s match prediction: Oval Invincibles to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.