Both Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers aim for consistency and momentum!
Perth Scorchers to win this game!
Both Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers have been very inconsistent throughout this season. They've blown hot and cold big time. While Perth Scorchers have largely lost and won alternately, Hobart Hurricanes have lost four out of their last five games. The batting of the Hobart Hurricanes hasn’t lived up to expectation. Every time they stepped up the Hurricanes has finished on the winning side.
Batting first, the Hurricanes have scored in excess of 150 only twice. In the last couple of games, they’ve failed to defend 126 and 162 while their only win in the last five encounters came when they put up 180 batting first and won by eight runs against the Perth Scorchers.
The Mitchell Marsh-led side seems to be picking some momentum. Their batting has picked up the pace and they’ve scored more than 170 in each of the last three games. In fact, it’s their bowling which has been inconsistent. In the last couple of games, Perth has chased down 176 against Melbourne Renegades and then racked up a mammoth 213 against the Brisbane Heat to pick up back to back wins for the first time in this season.
Matthew Wade has come in as a direct swap for D’Arcy Short who is the leading run-getter for the Hobart Hurricanes. He is with the Australian ODI team that has traveled to India for a three-match ODI series. Wade has looked in good touch while the others have blown hot and cold. The likes of Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott have been inconsistent in the top order. George Bailey has a decent strike-rate but hasn’t converted his starts.
David Miller hasn’t had the best of times and he has been one of the big disappointments. He has scored just 91 runs in eight innings and has a strike-rate of 115.18. With the ball, Qais Ahmad is leading the wicket charts.
The Afghanistan spinner has taken 10 wickets and has a strike-rate of 18.00. Scott Boland has fit in well and has bowled really well in the three games he’s played. The Victorian pacer has picked up six wickets and has an economy of 6.50.
Matthew Wade (c), Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
Perth Scorchers have been good with the bat this season. They have three batsmen who have scored more than 200 runs and are striking over 150. Skipper Mitchell Marsh is leading the run tally for the Scorchers. He has scored 307 runs at an average of 51.16 and has a strike-rate of 156.63.
Openers Liam Livingstone and Josh Inglis have similar numbers and they have a strike-rate of 157.04 and 154.19 respectively. It’s the other players in the middle order who haven’t stepped up. Cameron Green and Tim David have been disappointing.
Meanwhile, the bowling hasn’t quite been up to the mark. Chris Jordan has been expensive but he is also the leading wicket-taker for the Scorchers. Fawad Ahmed and Jhye Richardson have been good with the ball. They have nine wickets apiece in this BBL. Joel Paris has blown hot and cold in the three games he’s played. Overall, Perth Scorchers are looking good and have momentum on their side.
Josh Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Whiteman, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Cameron Green, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Joel Paris, Fawad Ahmed
Joel Paris, Timothy David, Cameron Green, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, SM Whiteman, Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The Bellerive Oval in Hobart generally produces good batting strips. There were some high scores last season as well. It is expected to be a hot day but the temperatures will come down in the evening. It will hover around the low teens during the game and conditions are expected to be pleasant.
The Bellerive Oval in Hobart is scheduled to host just one game this game. Last season, it hosted six games and each one of them were decent scoring ones. The average first innings score was 165 and five games were won by teams batting second.
The ground history suggests that teams chasing have found more success. Last season, teams batting second won five out of the six games. The only game that was won by the team batting first was when Hobart scored 183 and defended it. Both teams will be looking to field first in this game.
Perth Scorchers have been built some nice momentum over the last couple of games. They have not only chased well but also racked up a big score batting first.
Hence, they will be favorites going into this encounter. Hobart Hurricanes haven’t really hit their straps this season and are struggling to find consistent form as well.
Perth Scorchers to win this game!