Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place on Tuesday 27th July, 2021 at 18:30 (UK)

Where is Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men taking place? Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men will take place at Sophia Gardens Cardiff in Cardiff

What is the expected weather for Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men? 18-19c with a chance of light rain showers and a moderate breeze.

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

What TV channel is Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men on in the UK? Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Welsh Fire Men vs Southern Brave Men live via Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

WELSH FIRE MEN

  • Despite the absence of their centrally contracted England player in Ollie Pope, Welsh Fire surprised many by claiming victory in their opening match of the Hundred, beating Northern Superchargers by 5 runs in a thrilling encounter at Emerald Headingley.
  • With the ball, Afghanistan spin-bowler Qais Ahmad played a starring role, taking four wickets from his 20 balls for the loss of just 13 runs, as Welsh Fire defended a score of 173/4 acquired largely thanks to a half century from England limited overs regular Jonny Bairstow, alongside cameos from Ben Duckett and New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham.
  • This match will be Bairstow’s final game for Welsh Fire before joining up with the England squad, whilst Neesham will feature once again in the absence of South African bowler Lungi Ngidi, who will join up with the squad later in the tournament.

SOUTHERN BRAVE MEN

  • Southern Brave Men suffered the biggest defeat of the Hundred so far this past Saturday, after seeing their score of 126/8 chased down by Trent Rockets in just 82 balls with nine wickets in hand.
  • The absence of Jofra Archer was sorely felt by James Vince’s side, with England T20i regular Chris Jordan having a bad day with the ball and left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills unable to influence the outcome either.
  • Archer’s fitness is being kept closely guarded and his availability for this match is yet to be disclosed, as is the case with South African wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock who has now completed his international commitments in Ireland.

THE PREDICTION

With a number of key players, Southern Brave paid a heavy price against Trent Rockets and it could well be the same scenario here vs Welsh Fire in Cardiff. The visitors’ top order looks dangerous, but a couple of early wickets and the spine of the batting has already proven shaky. Welsh Fire meanwhile, have the tools with the ball to exploit this considering the form of spinner Qais Ahmad and quicker bowler Jake Ball. Add that to the formidable Bairstow opening the batting and Welsh Fire appear the superior line-up on paper. Be sure to wait for the teams to be revealed before making any moves, but if both Archer and De Kock are absent once again then a second successive Welsh Fire victory looks very much on the cards as long as rain doesn’t interfere with play.

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