Hobart Hurricanes have been one of the more dominant sides in this tournament and will start this game as favorites!
Hobart Hurricanes to win this game!
|Adelaide Strikers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.5|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||0.476|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.356|
|Sydney Sixers Women||3||2||1||0||0||4||-0.392|
|Brisbane Heat Women||2||1||1||0||0||2||2.055|
|Sydney Thunder Women||2||1||1||0||0||2||-0.928|
|Perth Scorchers Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-0.339|
|Melbourne Stars Women||3||0||3||0||0||0||-0.897|
Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will be back in action once again after almost a week’s gap. Hobart has picked up nice momentum early in the tournament. They have won two in two and are looking good at this stage. On the other hand, Adelaide who crushed Melbourne Renegades in their first game lost to the same side in the reverse fixture.
Hence, after two games each, Adelaide Strikers are third on the points table and have a great net run rate. Meanwhile, with two wins in as many games, Hobart Hurricanes are at the top of the table at the moment. They are the only unbeaten team in this tournament.
However, Hobart Hurricanes have not beaten Adelaide Strikers in their last five encounters. They’ve lost four, including a Super Over and one was washed out.
The start Adelaide Strikers was phenomenal as they simply bullied the Melbourne Renegades in their first game when they chased down 118 with 28 deliveries to spare. However, they couldn’t defend 152 against the same side. Sophie Devine has been excellent with both bat and ball. She has scored 120 runs in two games and is striking at 160.00. In fact, a lot has depended on Devine and she has been a lone warrior with the bat for the Strikers so far.
On the other hand, Stafanie Taylor and Megan Schutt have picked up three wickets apiece and have been the side’s premier bowlers. However, Taylor will not be available until the last two games of the season. Hence, Lauren Winfield will replace the West Indies captain who will be away on national duty. Winfield has a decent T20 record and will be hoping to make an impact straight away.
Meanwhile, the form of skipper Suzie Bates will be a slight concern as she hasn’t fired with either bat or ball in the two games so far. Also, the Strikers might not make a lot of changes apart from the Taylor-Winfield swap.
Suzie Bates (c), Sophie Devine, Tahlia McGrath, Bridget Patterson, Lauren Winfield, Katie Mack, Tegan McPharlin (wk), Amanda Wellington, Sarah Coyte, Alex Price, Megan Schutt
Megan Schutt, Alex Price, Lauren Winfield, Amanda Jade Wellington, Bridget Patterson, Tegan McPharlin, Sophie Devine, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Suzie Bates, Sarah Coyte
With two wins in two games, Hobart is sitting pretty at the top of the table. It has been an all-round performance and all three departments have chipped in nicely and clicked together. It’s been Chloe Tryon who has been fabulous in the middle order and has shouldered some additional responsibility. She has donned the finisher’s hat and has guided the team through in both the games so far.
Erin Fazackerley has also looked good at the top of the order and has got a couple of good starts. Nicola Carey struck a match-winning 60 not out in the last game. Hence, the batting seems well rounded barring the form of Heather Knight who has 28 runs from two innings.
With the ball, Belinda Vakarewa has picked up five wickets and is striking once almost every 10 balls. Moreover, she has an economy of 6.12. Maisy Gibson isn’t too far behind either. She strikes once every two overs and is going at 6.5 runs per over. Hence, Hobart looks a well-balanced unit with fewer problems at the moment.
Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Heather Knight, Nicola Carey, Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall (c), Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Emily Smith (wk), Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa
Tayla Vlaeminck, Fran Wilson, Corinne Hall, Stefanie Daffara, Chloe Tryon, Maisy Gibson, Belinda Vakarewa, Heather Knight, Nicola Carey, Erin Fazackerley, Emily Smith
The Australian summer is setting in and it is expected to be sunny throughout the day. The temperatures will hover around 25-260 during the game. The humidity will range from around 40 to 45%. Moreover, there is absolutely no chance of rain. The Allan Border Field in Brisbane is expected to roll out a decent strip to bat on. Australia scored 282 in an ODI against Sri Lanka a fortnight ago.
This is the first game at the Allan Border Field in this WBBL but this has been a regular venue in women’s cricket in Australia. Only one T20I has been played at this venue and Australia women had chased 146 down with relative ease. In the most recent game at this venue, openers made big scores and spinners had done the bulk of the damage.
The Allan Border Field in Brisbane should roll out a good batting strip. With this being the first game at this venue, teams might look to make first use of the pitch and bat first if they win the toss. Moreover, this being a day game might affect the decision as well.
While past history suggests that Adelaide Strikers have the edge, on current form, Hobart Hurricanes hold all the aces. They look like the in-form team and have players contributing from all corners as well. Moreover, the bowling attack has stood up and delivered. They defended 164 in the first game before restricting the opposition down to 136 in their second game of the season. Also, the loss of someone like Stafanie Taylor will also shake things up a touch for the Adelaide Strikers. Hence, Hobart Hurricanes will go into this game as favorites.
Hobart Hurricanes to win this game!