Thunder and Hurricanes hang in a precarious position!
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!
BBL2019-20 season has reached a final phase of the league stage and every match changes the position of the teams in the points table. Hobart Hurricanes are holding at the edge of the cliff and any further slip up could end their campaign. They need to win their remaining two matches and hope the other results too go their way to enter the playoffs.
Sydney Thunder is currently placed at 5th position and any further slip up could see them losing the play-off spot. A win in this match not only boosts their chance but also pushes the Hobart Hurricanes out of contention. Every match result will make affect the team`s qualification chances.
Hobart Hurricanes ended their 5-match losing streak with a narrow win against Melbourne Renegades' last match. Stand-in Skipper Mathew Wade (66 runs) and Macalister Wright (70 runs) scored impressive fifties in the last match to take them to a big total of 190 runs. Ben McDermott came up with some lusty blows to finish with a flourish. D Arcy Short may return to the playing XI in this match.
Spinner Qais Ahmed and Scott Boland are their main wicket-takers with 10+ wickets each this season. Nathan Ellis bowled a final over with 10 runs to defend and helped his team win by 4 runs. Clive Rose and Thomas Rogers have been too expensive with the ball this season.
Mathew Wade – Wade hit 69 runs off just 29 balls in the last match with 3 boundaries and 8 sixes. Mathew Wade has 152 runs at a strike rate of 151 wins two 50s this season.
Qais Ahmed – Qais Ahmed has taken 12 wickets at an economy of 7.9 RPO and is their strike bowler for the team. We can expect him to take more wickets in this match.
George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c), David Miller, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, D Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Qais Ahmad, Macalister Wright, Thomas Rogers, Nathan Ellis
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Mac Wright, D'Arcy Short, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Qais Ahmad
Sydney Thunder failed to stop defending the target and lost the match by 8 wickets against Perth Scorchers. Alex Hales played a lone hand scoring 85 runs off 59 balls to help his team post a respectable total on board. Usman Khawaja, Alex Ross, and Callum Ferguson are among the consistent run-scorers for their team. Daniel Sams is having a dream season with 20 wickets and leads the bowling charts of the BBL this season. Chris Morris and Gurinder Sandhu will combine alongside Daniel Sams to form a good pace trio for the team. Arjun Nair will be alone spinner in the playing XI.
Alex Hales – Hales has scored 339 runs at a strike rate of 140 this season with three fifties. He has scored 2 fifties in the last 4 matches and will be a big factor going ahead this season.
Chris Morris – Morris has 14 scalps this season at an economy rate of 8.5 RPO. Morris will look to improve his economy and take more wickets for the team. He is yet to make a big contribution with the bat.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton (wk), Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe, Daniel Sams
Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Arjun Nair, Liam Bowe, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Gurinder Sandhu, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross
Hobart has breezy and cloudy weather on the matchday with 20% chance of rain. We expect rain won’t play a big role in this match.
Hobart pitch is good batting place where batsmen will score runs with ease. We can expect average score of 170-180 runs here.
Teams batting first have won the last two matches at this venue posting 175+ runs. Chasing becomes difficult under lights here.
Both Teams are down on confidence with more losses in their recent 3-4 matches. Hobart hurricanes batting unit will be boosted by the return of Short and they have a quality line-up with the likes of Wade, Miller, and McDermott.
Sydney thunder lacks the firepower to match the Hurricanes with the bat. But, Thunder`s bowlers have performed better than the Hurricanes so far.
We expect Hobart Hurricanes to win this match!
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!