Our Prediction is Hobart Hurricanes to win!
Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers are ready to battle it out for the top spot in the 19th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Hobart on Friday.
A win would see Hobart Hurricanes extend their lead at the top of league table, whereas a good result for Sydney Sixers would see them climb to second place. Hurricanes have got off to a perfect start in this year’s competition with four consecutive victories on the trot. The side beat Perth Scorchers in their previous game played at Launceston on Sunday. On the other hand, Sydney Sixers beat Brisbane Heat in a game played at Carrara Oval, Queensland.
Matthew Wade led-side notched up their fourth win of the competition against Perth Scorchers in a game played at Launceston.
The responsibility will be on the in-form player D’Arcy Short, who is the franchises’ leading run-getter with 193 runs in four matches at an average of 48.25. Apart from him, Captain and wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade is also having a decent tournament with the bat with 166 runs at an average of 41.50.
The positive for Hobart Hurricanes is Alex Doolan finding form with the bat in the game played against Perth Scorchers. He scored unbeaten 41 runs off 36 balls with the help of six boundaries.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on the likes of medium pacer James Faulkner, who is leading wicket-taker for the franchise so far this season with 7 wickets in just four matches. Riley Meredith and Jofra Archer have produced probing spells for Hurricanes this season.
Matthew Wade (c &wk), D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Alex Doolan, George Bailey, Riley Meredith, Jofra Archer, James Faulkner, Clive Rose, Johan Botha.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers comfortably brushed aside Brisbane Heat by five wickets in a game played at Carrara Oval.The team has been heavily reliant on the likes of Jordan Silk, Moises Henriques and Daniel Hughes to do the bulk of the scoring. Silk has been in excellent form and is leading run scorer for franchise this season with 184 runs from 5 matches at an average of 61.33. Justin Avendano also played well in his first game for Sydney Sixers. He scored 30 off 24 balls to see Sixers get off to a good start in their innings.
Captain Moises Henriques found form with the bat and scored 57 off 37 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes. The team management will be concerned over the form of Daniel Hughes, who is averaging 20.60 with the bat this season.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe to deliver the goods with new ball. He is leading wicket-taker for Sixers with 11 wickets in 5 matches. Pace bowler Tom Curran has also put in some impressive performances with 9 wickets so far.
Moises Henriques (c), Joe Denly, Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Steve O’Keefe, Justin Avendano, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti.
The wicket will be good one for batting. Spinners will get assistance from the surface. The weather forecast for Friday is predicted to sunny.
The Bellrieve Oval in Hobart has hosted a lot of Big Bash League games in the past. The most recent game was played between Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers.
The side that wins the toss would love to bowl first. The last two games played at the venue have been won by sides batting second.