Tom Curran

The ultimate guide for The Men’s Hundred Match No.9, Oval Invincibles vs Northern Superchargers, at Kennington Oval, London

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Oval Invincibles

Batting Options: 8

LHB Options: 2 in the top 5

  • Opportunity Alert – Negates Roelof van der Merwe’s bowling and, to a lesser extent, Adil Rashid as well. 

Main Bowling Options: 6

  • Threat Alert – When you have six frontline bowling options, one of them is almost always negatively affected. So far, Danny Briggs and Mohammad Hasnain have been the victims. Briggs could be in trouble once more if the opposition has three LHB options in the top six.

Support Bowling Options: None 

Spin trio: Offspin and SLA covered; Legspin not available 

In Form: Sam Curran, Rilee Rossouw, Sunil Narine 

Out of Form: Jason Roy

Express Pace: Available if Mohammad Hasnain plays  

Slow ball variations: Available 

Elite New ball value: Available if Reece Topley plays 

Big Name(s) on the bench: None

Potential Changes: Will Jacks out, Jack Leaning in; Sam Billings out, Jack Haynes in; Matt Milnes out, Reece Topley in (if fit)

Will Jacks and Sam Billings are unavailable for this game because they are part of the England Lions squad playing South Africa at Canterbury.

There is no confirmed word on Reece Topley’s current status, but if he is fit, he will replace Matt Milnes in the starting XI.

However, there is also a chance that the Invincibles will drop Hasnain and replace him with Hilton Cartwright while keeping both Topley/Brown and Milnes in the starting lineup. Only one of Jack Leaning or Jack Haynes will make the XI in this case.


Northern Superchargers

Batting Options: 9

LHB Options: 2 in the top 5

  • Threat Alert – Negates the Danny Briggs threat. 

Main Bowling Options: 6

  • Threat Alert – Linked to the ‘LHB options‘ section in Oval Invincibles Team Notes. 

Support Bowling Options: 1 (Adam Lyth)

  • Opportunity Alert – Lyth was not used in the last game against Dawid Malan or Colin Munro, which was surprising. If the Superchargers had learned from their previous mistake, they could try to get an over or two from the part-time offspinner against Sam Curran and Rilee Rossouw.

Spin trio: Covered (Legspin, SLA, and offspin all available)

In Form: Adam Lyth, Adam Hose, David Willey 

Out of Form: None

Express Pace: Not available 

Slow ball variations: Bravo! 

Elite New ball value: Available if David Willey plays 

Big Name(s) on the bench: Wahab Riaz

Wahab Riaz is a big name, and he should have been in the Superchargers’ starting lineup ahead of the season. However, David Wiese, who was called up to the first XI in the first match because Riaz was unavailable, has had two outstanding innings with the bat, making it difficult for the Pakistan left-arm pacer to return. With du Plessis as captain and Bravo as the superstar that he is, Wahab Riaz’s door is likely to remain closed until the latter departs for the CPL after three more games. 

Potential Changes: Ben Raine out, David Willey in; If Willey not fit, then Jordan Clark in

Willey’s current status is unknown. If he is still out, Jordan Clark, the right-arm pace bowling all-rounder, could replace Raine because the Kennington Oval is his home venue on the county circuit and the Superchargers could benefit from his Surrey experience.


Kennington Oval – Venue Notes

Despite the small boundaries, this is one of the most difficult venues in England for batters to score. The nature of the deck is what rules here.

At Kennington Oval (The 100 Men 2021 numbers): 

  • Average first innings score – 127 (7th)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 9.6 (8th)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 5.2 (6th)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 37 (3rd)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 26(7th)

At Kennington Oval (The Blast numbers – Last 3 years)

  • Average first innings score – 151 (8th)
  • Average 4s 1st inn – 12 (8th)
  • Avg 6s 1st inn – 5.3 (5th)
  • Avg runs PP 1st inn – 43 (5th)
  • Avg runs in Death 1st inn – 37 (8th)

Since 2017, Jason Roy has scored the second most runs and Tom Curran has taken the most wickets here.

Sunil Narine has bowled 37.4 overs in this period and has a career economy rate of less than 6.

Not only is Sam Curran the third highest run-scorer at the venue, but he is also among the top ten wicket-takers since 2017.


Match Centre – Rating and Comparison

Team RatingOval InvinciblesNorthern Supercharges (without Willey)
Batting Quality0.50.3
Batting Depth0.50.5
Complementary Openers0.50.8
Spin Hitting0.50.5
Pace Hitting0.50.5
New Ball Swing & Seam0.70
Enforcer0.50
Death Bowling0.50.5
Bowling Depth10.5
Complementary Spin10.6
TOTAL6.2/104.2/10

Indibet Cricket Predictions

  • Oval Invincibles to Win 
  • Sam Curran – Over 38.5 performance points
  • Tom Curran – Over 26.5 performance points 
  • Total Fours – Under 26.5

Fantasy Corner

Base Team: Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sunil Narine, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Lyth, Jordan Cox and Adil Rashid (if OI bat first)

Differentials:  Reece Topley (16%), John Simpson (20%)

Top C/VC options: Sam Curran, Sunil Narine, Tom Curran (if OI bat first)

Fantasy Notes & Tips 

  • Jordan Cox will keep wickets in Sam Billings’ absence.
  • In the absence of both Will Jacks and Sam Billings, Sam Curran will return to the top order.
  • After being called up to the XI, John Simpson is now keeping wickets instead of Michael Pepper.
  • Build your team keeping in mind that the Oval Invincibles are likely to win this match, especially if David Willey does not make the starting XI.
  • Despite its small boundaries, Kennington Oval is not an easy scoring ground. As a result, rely on all-rounders and bowlers rather than specialist batters.

Predicted Playing XI

Oval Invincibles: Jason Roy(c), Sam Curran, Rilee Rossouw*, Jordan Cox(wk), Jack Leaning, Hilton Cartwright/Mohammad Hasnain*, Sunil Narine*, Tom Curran, Danny Briggs, Matt Milnes, Reece Topley/Pat Brown

Northern Superchargers: Adam Lyth, Faf du Plessis*(c), Michael Pepper, John Simpson(wk), Adam Hose, David Willey/Jordan Clark/Ben Raine, Dwayne Bravo*, David Wiese*, Roelof van der Merwe, Adil Rashid, Matthew Potts

Stats credit: Raviteja Rajavarapu, Cricsheet, Cricmetric

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