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Welsh Fire vs Trent Rockets – Dream11 Team, Predictions, and Tips

This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for Match 20 of “The Hundred” between Welsh Fire and Trent Rockets that is scheduled to take place on the 6th of August 2021.

The top-placed Trent Rockets led by Lewis Gregory will take on the hosts Welsh Fire at Cardiff on Friday. While the Rockets have won 3 out of their 4 games, the Welsh team skippered by Ben Duckett has triumphed in two 2 of theirs.

Welsh Fire lost their last game against the Invincibles by 6 wickets in a low-scoring match at the Oval. Batting first, the Welsh Fire scored a mediocre 121/7 in 100 balls and their skipper Ben Duckett was the only contributor scoring 65 from 52. The rest of the batsmen failed to support him and ended in a below-par score. Their bowlers however performed better as the match was not over until the 93rd ball.

Trent Rockets tasted their first defeat of the tournament in the last game vs the Phoenix in what was a high-scoring affair. Batting first, the Rockets made 144/6 at Birmingham, despite their opener D’Arcy Short getting out for a duck. The rest of the top-order Alex Hales(38), Dawid Malan(51), and Samit Patel(31) played a key role in getting them close to the eventual score. But a rollicking start from the Phoenix’s openers meant, they chased the target in 74 balls, despite Rashid Khan’s 3/26.

Match Details

Venue: Sophia Garden. Cardiff

Pitch and Weather: Cardiff has been a batting-friendly wicket in recent times and the last game here was an example. Over 300 runs were scored in that game. So the batsman will enjoy this surface as another run feast is on the cards. However, the pacers will also get assistance from the surface with the new ball. The average score in this match will be around 150. Showers are predicted through the afternoon and the temperatures will be around 16-17C.

Date & Time: August 6, 7.00 PM Local time, 11.30 PM IST

Probable Playing XIs

Welsh Fire would want the openers Tom Banton and Josh Cobb to get a big score under their belt to support their skipper Ben Duckett. Also, the likes of Glenn Phillips and James Neesham have been in a lean patch with the bat in this Hundred. David Payne went for over 2 runs per ball in a low-scoring game and it will be an area of concern.

The Trent Rockets, on the other hand, won’t look much into their defeat as they are still at the top of the table after 4 games. Their only concern may be the runs conceded by a few of their bowlers while defending.

Welsh Fire

Josh Cobb, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Ryan Higgins, David Payne/ Liam Plunkett, Qais Ahmad, Matt Milnes

Trent Rockets

Alex Hales, D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Tom Moores (wk), Samit Patel, Lewis Gregory (capt), Rashid Khan, Luke Wood, Matthew Carter, Marchant De Lange, Imm Van der Gugten

Match Prediction

Welsh Fire playing at their home may have an advantage over the Trent Rockets, despite the latter being the table-toppers at this point.

Fantasy Tips 

Batsmen: Alex Hales and Dawid Malan can be picked as the batsman from the Trent Rockets. Hales played a few crucial knocks in this tournament for his team and Malan scored a half-century in the last game. Opener D’Arcy Short can also be selected along with the in-form skipper of the Fire, Ben Duckett.

Wicket-Keeper: Tom Banton from the Welsh Fire can be the lone wicket-keeper of the fantasy side. Even though he hasn’t performed thus far, Banton is surely a game-changer in the Fantasy XI.

All-rounders: James Neesham and Samit Patel have played a vital role for their respective teams in this tournament. While Neesham has picked 6 wickets thus to go with his 50-odd runs, Patel has taken 4. The other all-rounder can be Matt Critchley.

Bowlers: Marchant De Lange has picked 8 wickets in the 4 games so far and is an automatic pick in the fantasy team. Rashid Khan is another player who is a certainty in any of the fantasy teams. Welsh leg-spinner Quis Ahmed who has picked 5 wickets thus far can be the 3rd bowler in the side.

Captaincy Choices 

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Fantasy Team:  Dawid Malan, Alex Hales (C), Zak Crawley, D’arcy Short, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett(VC), James Neesham, Mathew Critchley, Rashid Khan, Marchant De Lange, Qais Ahmed.

Captain: Alex Hales

Alex Hales is one of the best batsmen in this format. He is still the right candidate as the captain of the side for the impact he creates with the bat.

Vice-captain: Ben Duckett

The Welsh Fire skipper is the top-scorer for his side currently and is a great option to be the vice-captain of the Fantasy team.

Dream11 Team

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