August 20, 2021 7:03 AM
Alex Sarwar

Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women taking place? Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women will take place on Friday 20th August, 2021 at 15:00 (UK)

Where is Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women taking place? Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women will take place at Kia Oval in London

What is the expected weather for Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women? 21c dry with light cloud and light winds

Where can I get tickets for Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women? Click here for the latest ticket information for Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women

What TV channel is Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women on in the UK? Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women will be televised live on Sky Sports. Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women will also be televised live on BBC platforms

Where can I stream Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women live via Sky Go. Oval Invincibles Women vs Birmingham Phoenix Women can also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

OVAL INVINCIBLES WOMEN

  • Four wins and nine points accrued from their eight league games saw Oval Invincibles finish second in the table, earning them this eliminator clash for the right to face Southern Brave in the final.
  • Their final match of the league stage saw them beaten comprehensively by finalists Southern Brave, who triumphed by 30 runs in Southampton after bowling the Invincibles out for just 85.
  • Whilst that defeat could see Oval Invincibles adjust their batting order and perhaps promote Alice Capsey back up the order, they aren’t expected to make any rash changes off the back of defeat

BIRMINGHAM PHOENIX WOMEN

  • After looking like slumping to an early elimination from the competition, three wins from their last three games have seen Birmingham Phoenix finish third-place in the table, thus qualifying for this eliminator match.
  • Their latest victory came away at Northern Superchargers, where they defended a score of 147 courtesy of a fantastic team bowling effort that saw five of the six utilised bowlers pick up at least one wicket.
  • The Phoenix will be without the services of opener Shafali Verma for this eliminator after the Indian overseas star joined up with her international teammates ahead of their tour of Australia next month.

THE PREDICTION

Birmingham Phoenix are the classic example of that sleeper side who come up the rails when nobody expects it and all of a sudden find themselves in the latter stages of the tournament and coming into this encounter in red hot form. However, the loss of opener Verma represents a huge blow to them. Whilst she did not perhaps score the amount of runs many were originally hoping, her presence and explosive potential at the top of the order for the Phoenix will be hugely missed. Oval Invincibles are a far more experienced side within the bowling department, which should bode well for them in a high-pressure game and with home advantage also in their favour, back them to beat Birmingham and reach the inaugural women’s Hundred final.

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