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The Hundred 2023: Men's outright odds - Oval Invincibles remain the favourites

Three teams remain in the hunt for The Hundred men's title as the tournament reaches the knockout stages and Oval Invincibles topped the standings to seal direct passage to Sunday's final.

The Invincibles will meet either Manchester Originals or Southern Brave, who will face off in the Eliminator at the Oval on Saturday.

Oval Invincibles

Current Outright odds - 5/6

The Invincibles began their campaign by beating city rivals London Spirit by three wickets in a low-scoring Lord's contest and they would not look back in the group stage, taking charge early and picking up 13 points from their eight matches.

Following a remarkable tie with Welsh Fire, the Invincibles went on to win five of their last six matches, ensuring that they bettered their fourth and fifth-place finishes in the first two editions of the tournament.

England's Will Jacks has led the way with the bat, blasting 213 runs from eight innings, but it's been a team effort on that front as Heinrich Klaasen, Jordan Cox, Jason Roy, Sam Billings and the Curran brothers have all scored in excess of 100 runs this season.

Billings fired a match-winning 76 in Monday's victory over Trent Rockets - a welcome return to form from the Oval skipper because Cox will miss the final with an injury, while overseas star Klaasen is now no longer available for selection.

The Invincibles also possess plenty of options with the ball. Quick bowler Gus Atkinson has taken ten wickets in the campaign and has earned an England 50-over call-up, while leg-spinner Nathan Sowter has claimed the same number of scalps.

The Curran brothers, Sam and Tom, and Aussie spinner Adam Zampa (West Indian Sunil Narine has left to participate in the Caribbean Premier League) also add international white-ball experience to the bowling ranks.

Manchester Originals

Current Outright odds - 11/4

One man has towered above them all with the bat in The Hundred this season and that's Manchester Originals captain Jos Buttler, who has stamped his international class on the tournament to help guide his team into the Eliminator.

The England limited-overs skipper has captained the Originals to nine points from their eight matches, featuring four wins and one no-result, and Wednesday's six-wicket defeat against Southern Brave was not damaging enough for them to relinquish second place.

Buttler has led by example in The Hundred, cracking a tournament-leading 298 runs from eight innings, and his importance to this side should not be underestimated.

Opening partner Phil Salt has chipped in with 160 runs while the surprise package with the bat has been Jamie Overton, who has clubbed 167 lower-order runs, including a brisk 37 in defeat to Oval and a brutal 30-ball 83 in a win over the Northern Superchargers.

While none of the Manchester bowlers have reached double figures in the wickets column, all have contributed, with England's Josh Tongue picking up seven scalps form five matches.

While the Originals' firepower at the top of the order is an obvious positive, Buttler and his team-mates will be aware that they will have to avenge defeats against the Brave and the Invincibles if they're to go one better than last season's final defeat.

Southern Brave

Current Outright odds - 11/4

Southern Brave secured the final place in the top three with their six-wicket triumph over the Originals, keeping alive their hopes of becoming the first men's team to win The Hundred for the second time.

The 2021 champions could not match Manchester for net run-rate but, having claimed nine points from their eight matches thanks to four wins and a no-result, they just edged ahead of Welsh Fire to reach the Eliminator.

Brave had to do it the hard way two years ago, winning their final three group-stage matches. then seeing off Trent Rockets in the Eliminator before beating Birmingham Phoenix in the final.

The Brave will hope for a similar grandstand finish this weekend with skipper James Vince looking to the Kiwi opening pair of Finn Allen and Devon Conway to do the damage with the bat.

Allen has scored 171 runs from eight innings this season, while both Conway (54 not out) and Vince (33) found some form in the victory over the Originals.

However, it's in the field where the Brave are most feared.

England's Tymal Mills is the leading wicket-taker in the men's competition with 15 victims, while England leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has claimed nine wickets.

Chris Jordan (eight wickets) has been economical with the ball and he provides X-factor in the field.

There's nothing to split them in the Eliminator, with both Manchester Originals and Southern Brave on offer at 10/11.

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