August 20, 2021 11:57 PM
Alex Sarwar

The Hundred Men’s Final - Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place on Saturday 21st August, 2021 at 18:30 (UK)

Where is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place at Lord's in London

What is the expected weather for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men? 17-19c with a chance of light rain and a gentle breeze

Where can I get tickets for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men? Click here for the latest ticket information for Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men

What TV channel is Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men on in the UK? Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men will be televised live on Sky Sports. Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men will also be televised live on BBC platforms

Where can I stream Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Men live via Sky Go. Birmingham Phoenix Men vs Southern Brave Mencan also be streamed live on BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

BIRMINGHAM PHOENIX MEN

  • Birmingham Phoenix finished top of the men’s Hundred table on 12 points after a fantastic run, which has seen them win their last five matches in a row.
  • Their most recent triumph to secure top spot and an automatic passage through to the final, came at Emerald Headingley where they chased down 144 to beat Northern Superchargers by eight wickets, thanks largely to an incredible all-round performance from Liam Livingstone who took three wickets before smashing 92 not out from just 40 balls including ten 6s.
  • Livingstone captained the Phoenix that night, although with fellow all-rounder Moeen Ali available for the final it will be the latter who takes back captaincy duties here as he likely replaces the absent opener Finn Allen, who has left for international duty, with Livingstone possibly set to open the batting in his place.

SOUTHERN BRAVE MEN

  • Southern Brave made a huge statement in their eliminator match as they thrashed Trent Rockets, to secure not just their sixth win in the competition, but also a place in the final after finishing second in the men’s Hundred league table.
  • An incredible performance from the Southern Brave pace attack saw them bowl out the Rockets for just 96 as left-armers George Garton and Tymal Mills both took three wickets before a composed 45 not out from captain James Vince helped see his side home by seven wickets with a massive 32 balls remaining.
  • Fast bowler Craig Overton was drafted straight into the starting line-up for the game following England duty and the decision paid off as the Somerset star took two wickets and this will likely lead to Southern Brave naming an unchanged side at Lord’s, with big hitting all-rounder Tim David also keeping his spot after not getting the chance to bat or bowl in the eliminator.

THE PREDICTION

A truly cracking final encounter is in prospect at Lord’s between these two sides providing the rain stays away. Their league match saw Southern Brave come out on top by four wickets in a thrilling chase that saw them reach their target of 152 with just three balls remaining, so it would be no surprise if this one was just as close. Southern Brave coming into this one having just played could ultimately prove to their advantage with Birmingham Phoenix having had to wait since Tuesday for this final. Whilst the return of skipper Moeen is welcome, the loss of Allen could prove disruptive as Birmingham are forced to alter their batting order. With long boundaries usually in play at Lord’s, this may well suit the Southern Brave pace attack who are in unbelievable form. Whilst this one could go either way, the superior bowling core of Southern Brave may just be the defining factor in them edging victory in this final and becoming the first ever champions of the men’s Hundred.

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