Birmingham Phoenix faced Oval Invincibles in a crucial match, yesterday, at The Oval. Oval Invincibles, won the toss and elected to field first, on a pitch that favors pacers. Miles Hammond and Will Smeed were given the task to give a solid start for the Phoenix. The Pakistani star Mohammad Hasnain tackled the plan as he removed Will Smeed first up, restricting him to just 23.
Miles Hammond, the left-hander made the move after the fall of the first wicket and started to stockpile runs at a quick pace. He banged Sunil Narine for a six but the latter had the last laugh as he went on to pick up the wicket of Hammond. Moeen Ali, in an unusual way, was scoring runs at a low pace alongside aggressive Liam Livingstone.
However, the Phoenix skipper made up for it as he managed to bag four sixes in his entire inning before Sunil Narine deceived him. Sam Curran, after producing an economical ten-ball first spell, turned up against Liam Livingstone to bowl the death overs. Livingstone was too good for him as he managed to garner three sixes from Curran’s over.
A soft power inning from Matthew Wade and boundary-less last over meant the Phoenix ended up amassing 166 runs in 100 balls. Kane Richardson provided the breakthrough for the Phoenix right away on the fourth ball of the second innings. Rilee Rossouw also failed for the Invincibles as Tom Helm trapped him for mere five runs to make things even tougher for the Green team.
Jordan Cox was the guy to end the boundary drought as he bagged a four off Benny Howell’s over and this pushed things for the Invincibles. At the end of the 60th ball, the Invincibles were 82 for the loss of three wickets. A dual wicket over from Kane Richardson shattered the dreams of the Invincibles as both Sam Billings and Jordan Cox perished in two consecutive balls.
Birmingham Phoenix bagged the crucial two points after restricting the Invincibles for 156 runs. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting Tweets from match 23 of The Hundred 2022:
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— KnightRidersXtra (@knightridersxtr) August 24, 2022
Best game this tournament!! Go Phoenix!! #TheHundred
— Lisa Gillespie (@lisapayne30) August 23, 2022
— James Haycox 🇺🇦 ❤️ (@St_James12) August 23, 2022
I interrupt your twitter stream to bring you a Kane Richardson appreciation post. 3 wickets, 2 catches, man of the match, and now joint second highest wicket taker in #TheHundred. Another great night for him and Birmingham Phoenix. I don't want this tournament to end! 🧡🏏 pic.twitter.com/Tfykz4skJu
— Joanne Gough (@RosieJ0) August 23, 2022
Another tough night for #ovalinvincibles that will make qualifying for the playoffs hard now. Once again let down by the top order. Roy’s struggles continue and Roussow has had a disappointing tournament to date. At least the women are still getting the job done. #TheHundred pic.twitter.com/gCpY1ibt8F
— Daniel Davini (@davvers605) August 23, 2022
Superb Win for my Birmingham Phoenix Tonight🧡💛Kane Richardson And Tom Helm were Sensational with the Ball👏Cant wait to be at Edgbaston on Sunday for the Game v Manchester Originals🙌🏻should be A Cracker🤞🏏 #TheHundred
— …. (@YouBearsssssss) August 23, 2022
— Monil 💙 (@Monza972) August 23, 2022
— CricWick (@CricWick) August 23, 2022
Tom Helm one of the most improved in #TheHundred from last term. Coming on at the death in that situation last season you’d have been hiding behind the sofa
— Ed Hawkins (@cricketbetting) August 23, 2022
Huge win for Phoenix as they go 4-2 now. Massive game for them against the Originals on Sunday.
Invincibles at 3-3 need to win out now, and probably hope that the Welsh Fire (lol) do them a favour against the Spirit tomorrow. All to play for.#TheHundred
— The Hundred Podcast (@PodcastHundred) August 23, 2022