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The Hundred: Dawid Malan leads Trent Rockets to victory over Manchester Originals

Dawid Malan hits 98 as Trent Rockets pull off a record run chase of 190 to beat Manchester Originals in The Hundred as he pushes his case to replace out-of-form Jason Roy at the top of England’s T20 batting order

  • Malan smashes nine sixes to ease the Rockets to their victory target of 190
  • He insisted afterwards he prefers opening the batting but is No 3 for England
  • With Jason Roy struggling for runs, Malan could be bumped up for World Cup
  • Earlier, Jos Buttler and Phil Salt helped the Originals post 189 at Old Trafford 

Dawid Malan smashed a devastating 98 at Old Trafford as Trent Rockets pulled off a record run chase in the Hundred against Jos Buttler‘s Manchester Originals.

Malan followed his 88 off 49 against Northern Superchargers with a magnificent knock including nine sixes, as his side eased to a target of 190 with six balls left.

Slow starts have long been a factor in the conversation about England’s white-ball number three with an emphasis on Malan scoring at less than a run a ball at the start of his innings.

Dawid Malan strikes one of his nine sixes in a devastating knock of 98 in The Hundred

Dawid Malan strikes one of his nine sixes in a devastating knock of 98 in The Hundred

Malan's fine form continued at Old Trafford as the Rockets chased down their target of 190

Malan’s fine form continued at Old Trafford as the Rockets chased down their target of 190

Despite being the No 1 ranked T20 batter in the world between September 2020 and November 2021, talk about Malan’s intent from the outset had posed questions about the 34-year-old.

On Saturday, he managed 27 off 12 in the powerplay before bringing up his half century in 23 balls by hammering Andre Russell over deep midwicket. 

Malan insisted afterwards that opening is where he enjoys batting the most — and with Jason Roy enduring a horror summer Buttler could see promoting Malan as a solution before the T20 World Cup in October.

‘That’s where I’ve played my whole career,’ said Malan. ‘The only spot available at England was three. 

Alex Hales also looked in good nick as his 38 got the Rockets off to a good start in the chase

Alex Hales also looked in good nick as his 38 got the Rockets off to a good start in the chase

Jos Buttler had earlier struck 41 as the Manchester Originals posted 189 in their 100 balls

Jos Buttler had earlier struck 41 as the Manchester Originals posted 189 in their 100 balls

‘Since I batted three for England everyone thinks I bat three, four or five no matter how many times I tell them I’m an opening batter. I got picked for England by opening and scoring runs for Middlesex.’ 

Earlier, Lewis Gregory chose to bowl after winning the toss. the Rockets were without Joe Root but it was two other England men who came out firing. Buttler and Phil Salt raced to 84 off the first 50 deliveries.

Cameos from Tristan Stubbs (27 off 10) and Laurie Evans (26 off 11) propelled the Originals to 189 for three. Salt batted throughout for a well composed 70 off 46.

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