Our prediction is Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!
Welcome to the match preview of Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers!
Hobart Hurricanes has been the best team so far in the tournament. D Arcy Short and Skipper Wade are leading charge with the bat and are the top two run scorers in the league so far. Their top order batting has been their strength in this season.
Their middle order had only few chances to bat due to top order`s excellence. James Faulkner and Jofra Archer are the bowling stalwarts and has been amongst the wickets. They are well supported by Riley Meredith and spin combo of Clive Rose and D Arcy Short.
Adelaide striker’s chances of qualification ended with their defeat against Sydney Sixers last match. Skipper Colin Ingram is the best batsmen in the season with 300+ runs so far. He had a very little support from other batsmen except Alex Carey and Jake Weatherland to a certain extent. Their bowling has been their biggest worry this season despite the presence of some big players.
They have taken just 3 wickets in last 3 matches leaving a total tally of nearly 500 runs. Lanky Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle and Ben Laughlin are not having a good time with the ball and are expensive. Spinner Rashid Khan has bowled economically but is having an average season to his standards.
Mathew Wade – Caleb Jewell played a scintillating knock of 61* in the unbeaten partnership of 132 runs with D Arcy Short. His form further strengthens their batting.
James Faulkner – Faulkner is having an excellent season and he has played the role of finisher excellently with both the bat and ball for his team.
Stats from the league:
D Arcy Short – 541 runs at strike rate 141 (HS - 96*, 50s-6) - Highest run scorer so far
James Faulkner - 18 wickets at an economy of 7.8 RPO (BB- 3/25)
Mathew Wade (C & Wk), D Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, David Moody, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith. Riley Meredith may come back in the place of Jarrod Freeman. No other changes are expected in the playing XI.
Jake Lehmann – Lehmann jr. has played two back to back 40+ scores in last two matches in helped his team to respectable scores above 120.
Rashid Khan – Rashid is having a rare poor run of form in bowling. His has bowling figures of 0/39, 1/32 & 0/36 from last three matches. He will look to regain form in this match and stamp his authority.
Stats from the league:
Colin Ingram – 301 runs at strike rate 142 (HS -75, 50s-3)
Rashid Khan – 14 wickets at an economy of 6 RPO (BB – 3/19)
Colin Ingram(C), Jake Weatherald, Alex Carey (wk), Jake Lehmann, Jonathan Wells, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Ben Laughlin, Billy Stanlake. Cameron Valente may replace Mathew Short in the playing XI. Full-time Skipper Travis Head is busy with his national duties so Ingram takes the captaincy role.
Aurora pitch is known to favor the bowlers and is known to have a lesser average score. Both pacers and Spinners will find help from the pitch. Average score in this pitch is around 150 runs.
Chasing is best option to choose in the T20s and in low scoring matches it puts lesser pressure on the batsmen batting second. Hobart Hurricanes won their last match here chasing and they have won all the matches they have batted second this season (7 matches).