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‘One of those games’ – Twitter celebrates as Oval Invincibles beat Northern Superchargers in a thrilling manner

Despite a brilliant knock from A Lyth, Northern Supercharges lost to Oval Invincibles in the opening match of the first double-header of The Hundred 2022
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Sam Curran – Source (Twitter)

In the opening match of the first double-header of The Hundred 2022, Oval Invincibles took on Northern Superchargers. The momentum kept on changing hands. Sam Curran’s 60 run-partnership along with Jordan Cox, who scored a vital 48, helped Invincibles register a win with just three balls left.

After winning the toss in his first match as Oval Invincibles captain, Jason Roy chose to field first at the Kia Oval. Lyth got off to a fast start for the Superchargers, smashing four sixes from four successive deliveries to put early pressure on the Invincibles.

The likes of Tom Curran and Reece Topley could find no answer to the opening batter as he zoomed to 53 runs off just 17 deliveries while cutting a four through the covers to backward point to seal his historic half-century. Adam Lyth’s performance with the bat was just a one-man show during the innings.

Faf du Plessis was dismissed for nine off 10 balls before Michael Pepper got out for 16 runs off 19 balls, which put the Superchargers at 86-2, just after the 50-ball mark. Sunil Narine, however, sent the likes of Michael Pepper (16), Adam Hose (13) and David Wiese (0) back to the hut to bring his team back into the game. Northern Superchargers lost the momentum after Lyth’s wicket and were, eventually, restricted to 157 at the end of the first innings.

With Narine, who was brought back into the attack for his final five balls, he made a telling impact and dismissed Adam Hose and David Wiese in successive balls. Wiese fell for a duck as the Superchargers struggled to get back on track. Northern Superchargers finished their innings at 157 for 7 in 100 balls.

Oval Invincibles, made a poor start in pursuit of the run-chase. Invincibles lost 3 wickets for just 21 runs in 16 balls. The likes of Jason Roy (0), Narine (4), and Rilee Rossouw (9) got out on low scores. However, Cox began the counterattacking for the home side as he hit three boundaries in four balls and went on to score 48 off 29 balls.

It was then left to Sam Curran, who made no mistake as he hit three sixes and eight fours to help bring up his half-century and put the Invincibles level with the Superchargers at the same point in the proceedings. Superchargers brought Bravo back into the attack and he took the big wicket off Sam Curran for 60 off 39 balls.

Tom Curran came to the party and finished the job as he hit two sixes in two balls to leave the Invincibles needing just five from five and a dropped catch from Du Plessis helped them get the final few runs to secure a narrow victory with just three balls remaining.

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