Birmingham Phoenix v Southern Brave Cricket Predictions and Betting Tips | Sports News

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Dan Mulan

Free cricket tips, best bets and analysis for Birmingham Phoenix v Southern Brave in The Hundred on Wednesday.

where to watch

BBC Two, Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports main event, 6.30pm

Best bet

Southern Brave
2pts 4-6 general

Insight

Birmingham Phoenix and Southern Brave played in The Hundred’s first-ever men’s final last year, with the Braves emerging victorious.

The duo looked set to battle for the top spot in the competition again in 2022, but Birmingham saw their attacking pace decimated by injuries, with Adam Milne, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone and Matt Fisher all out.

The absence of these players was keenly felt in the Phoenix’s opener, with their seam options taking just two wickets as they lost by six wickets to the Trent Rockets.

While the big hit of Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone, who both finished in the top four for points scored last season, remains, Birmingham’s ability to contain their opponents has been significantly reduced.

That may be a problem against this Southern Brave side who picked up a nine-wicket win over Welsh Fire in their curtain raiser, a James Vince shot of 71 leading them to chase 107 with 33 balls to spare.

The Braves appear to be the most balanced team at the moment and they are a confident selection to follow up on their two wins over Birmingham in last year’s competition.



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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 4:00 PM, AUGUST 9, 2022

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