Our prediction is of a home win for the Hobart Hurricanes!
High-flying Hobart Hurricanes will be ready to face Perth Scorchers in the 13th game of Big Bash League (BBL) in Launceston on Sunday. The Aurora Stadium in Launceston will host its first game of the competition this season.
Hurricanes have got off to a perfect start in the competition with three victories to their name. On the other hand, Perth Scorchers have been inconsistent and managed to win only one game out of three played so far in tournament. Captain Ashton Turner will be hoping that his side can raise their game with bat and ball against table toppers Hobart Hurricanes.
Host Hobart Hurricanes will be looking to extend their lead in the league table when they host Perth Scorchers in this game.
For this game, Hobart will look towards their in-form player D’Arcy Short, who has been in splendid form this season. He has produced decent scores in the two games played so far and will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form against Perth Scorchers.
Captain Matthew Wade has also been in excellent form and is averaging 47.33 with the bat in the competition.
Ben McDermott is a promising player in the batting lineup for Hobart. He can certainly produce something special with the bat in this game. Veteran batsman George Bailey has shown consistency and produced crucial scores for Hobart in the two games played this season.
In the bowling department, Guyana is heavily dependent on pace bowler Jofra Archer who has claimed 6 wickets in 3 matches at an impressive average of 15.83 and economy rate of 7.91. Archer will be looking to make amends after his poor outing with the ball against Sydney Thunder.
Left-arm medium pacer James Faulkner has looked impressive this season and picked up 5 wickets at an average of 18.00. Left-arm orthodox Clive Rose has certainly enhanced his reputation with the ball this season.
Matthew Wade (captain &wk ), D’Arcy Short, George Bailey, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Alex Doolan, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Johan Botha, James Faulkner, Riley Meredith
On the other hand, Perth Scorchers is coming into this game after comfortably brushing aside Adelaide Strikers by seven wickets. Captain Ashton Turner will be pleased after Scorchers got their first win of the competition on Boxing Day.
Scorchers will look to Ashton Turner in the batting department as he has topped the batting charts so far this season. William Bosisto produced a splendid innings against Strikers to steer Perth to a comfortable win. He scored 36 off 34 balls with the help of three boundaries.
Wicket-keeper John Inglis also produced a quick-fire knock at the top of the innings to help Scorchers get off to decent start against Strikers
In the bowling department, the franchise is heavily reliant on left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff, who has claimed 6 wickets in three games played so far. Jhye Richardson also produced a top-notch bowling performance against Adelaide Strikers. He was standout bowler for Scorchers with three wickets to his name.
David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Andrew Tye also picked wickets in the game against Adelaide Strikers.
Ashton Turner (captain), Michael Klinger, William Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, David Willey, John Iglis (wk), Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson
The pitch prepared for the game will be good for batting. Spinners will get some assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for the game is clear skies with sunshine.
The venue has hosted a couple of Big Bash League games over the years. Last season, the only encounter played at this stadium in the Big Bash League competition was between Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes.
Based on records, both teams will be looking to put runs on the board. Hobart Hurricanes will have an advantage as they well aware of the conditions at the venue.
Based on recent performances, Hobart Hurricanes look favorites to win this contest. The batting lineup has certainly been in excellent form. Perth Scorchers will need to improve their batting in order to compete against Hurricanes in this game. We are backing Hobart Hurricanes!
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