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Hurricanes’ battle to win and secure place in playoffs
Hobart Hurricanes to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
Hobart Hurricanes would be looking to book a place in the playoffs as they take on a weak Melbourne Renegades in the 54th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The Hurricanes won the last game they played against Sydney Thunder and would be high on confidence. The Renegades suffered a big loss against the Melbourne Stars in their last game.
The Melbourne Renegades have been battling poor form this season. The side has won only three games so far and is out of contention for a berth in the playoffs. Their record against the Hobart Hurricanes is uninspiring as they have won just once in the last five games. It remains to be seen if the Renegades can pull in a surprise here.
Matthew Wade is back as skipper and the side registered a much-needed win in the last game against the Sydney Thunder. They put up a big score on the board and defended its successfully winning by 9 runs. Wade would be aware of the weaknesses Renegades have had this season and shall look to exploit it here.
Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell would aim at a good start. McDermott who has not scored many runs in recent games would look to regain his mojo like earlier in the season. The middle-order has good strength with Wade, D’Arcy Short, and Tim David in the team. Peter Handscomb and Jordan Thompson would look to add quick runs down the order.
Riley Meredith bowled well in the last game, and he would need to pick early wickets with Thomas Rogers. Jordan Thompson and Sandeep Lamichhane have picked up form in recent games and this is good news for the team. With D’Arcy Short and Tim David to back up, the side has good bowling options for this game.
Matthew Wade (c), Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Thomas Rogers, Mitchell Owen, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Wil Parker
Nic Maddinson would be extremely upset with the way his side has played in the tournament. They have won only three games and went down in the last game against Melbourne Stars by 6 wickets. Their batting has been in poor shape and the side would look to win this game to restore some pride being already out of the playoff contention.
Shaun Marsh and Jake Fraser played poorly in the last game, and they will have to deliver a strong start. Aaron Finch has done well in the middle order, but he would need support from Mackenzie Harvey and Maddinson. Their lower middle order has been in poor form and the side would like to see runs from Sam Harper, Jack Prestwidge, and Cameron Boyce in this game.
Their bowling attack has been uninspiring, and they would need the new ball pair of Zahir Khan and Josh Lalor. Kane Richardson has been the only bowler to have shown consistency and he will have an important role to play here. Prestwidge and Cameron Boyce will need to bowl in the right areas as Hurricanes have a strong batting line-up.
Nic Maddinson (c), Aaron Finch, Jake Fraser, Shaun Marsh, Mackenzie Harvey, Sam Harper (wk), Jack Prestwidge, Cameron Boyce, Kane Richardson, Josh Lalor, Zahir Khan
There would be odd clouds over Melbourne on January 18, and we expect to see good batting. The track is expected to be flat, and batsmen would be able to play their strokes freely. The side batting first here would aim at a total of 170 runs or more on the board.
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne is a good venue for T20 games thanks to the flat surface, and we have witnessed several high-scoring games here in the past. The ball comes onto the bat nicely and allows the batsmen to play their strokes freely. The margin for error for the bowlers is small and they must bowl extremely good lines to win here.
Docklands Stadium has seen some of the biggest scores this season. The surface has been a good one to bat on and teams have successfully defended totals. The side winning the toss shall look to make the best use of the conditions by opting to bat first in the game.
Hobart Hurricanes would have to win this game to secure a berth in the playoffs. The top order has been consistent, but the side would like to see better performances from its lower middle-order which hasn’t stood up to the challenge. The Renegades have played poorly so far and they are low on confidence and this would make the Hurricanes favorites in this game.
Hobart Hurricanes to win
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