The Hundred is off and running in full flow as the caravan reaches the iconic Old Trafford. The Manchester Originals will play 4 home games in the stadium hosting London Spitis, Birmingham Phoenix, Northern Superchargers, and Southern Braves. Here is the Emirates Old Trafford Manchester Pitch Report.
Manchester Originals have only played 1 game in this tournament which they lost against Welsh Fire on the 2nd matchday. However, it was a close-contested game that resulted in a 9 runs loss to Manchester Originals.
Home advantage might change the fortune of the Originals as they will be looking to bounce back strongly after experiencing a defeat.
Manchester Originals vs London Spirits Date, Time, Venue, and Weather
Date: 5 August, Saturday
Time: 13:30 PM (GMT)
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Weather: The weather in Manchester for the first game isn’t auspicious as it is expected to pour down during the course of the game. The chances of rain are over 90% which means it will be very tough for the fans to see a full game.
However, as they say, you can’t predict the English weather it might change within a few hours. The fans in Manchester will also be hoping that the weather forecast will change after a few hours.
Emirates Old Trafford Manchester Pitch Report
Old Trafford’s wicket is an absolute belter, consequently in a 100-ball game batters bash bowlers all over the park. The new ball in Manchester doesn’t really affect the batters as it comes nicely onto the bat.
However, the spinners do have something on offer from this wicket as we have seen leg spinners turning the game at this venue.
The toss winner should opt to bat first on this wicket as the fresh Old Trafford is always a batter paradise considering the turn-on offer in the second innings.
The Hundred Records at the Manchester Cricket Stadium
The stadium has only hosted 7 games of the Hundred Ball tournament in which teams batting first have won 2 games whereas the team bowling first has managed to win 4 games.
Highest Score: 193
Lowest Score: 87
Average 1st innings score: 138
The English team captain is also searching for form and it might be the game when he will start getting going. Along with him bowlers Josh Little and Josh Tongue will be very important if Manchester to achieve something in this tournament.
On the 5th of August against London Spirits Buttler, Laurie Evans and Phil Salt will be under the spotlight.