Hurricanes look to storm against the Thunder!
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!
BBL has adopted the playoff format for the first time in history and they have made room for top 5 teams in the qualifiers. Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder face off in the eliminator match where the loser bows out of the tournament and the winner go on to face 3rd placed Adelaide Strikers.
Hobart Hurricanes were struggling with just 3 wins out of their 11 completed matches but they peaked at the right moment with 3 consecutive wins to seal their place in play-offs.
Sydney Thunder squeezed through the next round with a little help from other results and they have a daunting task ahead of them facing Hurricanes at their home.
Hobart Hurricanes are firing at the important phase of the tournament and are in a three-match winning streak and three more would give them the title. Mathew Wade and D Arcy Short have formed an excellent opening combination off late and they even managed a 200+ run partnership last match. David Miller and Ben McDermott must contribute more with the bat for the team. Pacers Nathan Ellis and Scott Boland have done the bulk of wicket taking alongside Afghan spinner Qais Ahmed claiming 37 scalps combined so far. Return of James Faulkner and D Arcy Short will further strengthen their bowling attack with more depth and variety to the team.
Mathew Wade – Mathew Wade has scores of 130, 56 & 66 in the last three matches and is in the sublime form of late. He has an astonishing 337 runs in just 7 innings with 3 fifties and a century at a strike rate of 175 this season.
James Faulkner – James Faulkner`s return will boost their death bowling and his 5-run penultimate over sealed the match in their favor when 27 runs were needed off 12 balls. He can bowl slower balls in different variations and trouble the batsmen effectively.
George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c), David Miller, James Faulkner, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott (wk), D Arcy Short, Qais Ahmad, Macalister Wright, Nathan Ellis
Sydney Thunder has just a solo win in a rain truncated match out of their last three matches and struggling for form and momentum at the moment. Alex Hales has been a star performer with the bat this season scoring 449 runs at a strike rate of 14 with 4 fifties. Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja`s form dipped off late and struggling to put a big score on board. Daniel Sams and Chris Morris are taking wickets regularly and have 40 wickets between themselves. Arjun Nair is their main spinner and will have a big responsibility in the middle overs.
Alex Hales – Alex Hales has scored almost 50% of team runs in each of the last three matches with scores of 47, 63, & 85 respectively. He will look to continue his good form in this match and help his team go ahead in the playoffs.
Daniel Sams – Daniel Sams is the leading wicket taker of the season with 25 scalps at an economy of 7.5 RPO. He will have a big role to play with an inexperienced bowling attack on their team.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Jay Lenton (wk), Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||31||0 mm.||5.33 k/h||From: W||0%|
|03h||29||0 mm.||3.54 k/h||From: SW||0%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||9.68 k/h||From: SSE||14%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||5.91 k/h||From: SSE||21%|
|12h||15||0 mm.||4.17 k/h||From: SSE||45%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||4.44 k/h||From: NE||79%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||4.38 k/h||From: NNE||52%|
|21h||15||0 mm.||5.79 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
Hobart has a bright and breezy weather on the match day with just 5% chances of rain. We expect rain won’t play any role in this match.
Bellerive Oval is a good pitch to bat on early in the match and it may slow down as the match progresses. Teams batting first have scored 175+ runs in the last three matches.
Teams batting first have won the last three consecutive matches at this venue by 30+ runs. Chasing will difficult as the pitch slows down and big match pressure catches up at crucial moments.
Both Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder have a grey area in their batting order with misfiring middle order but Hurricanes fared better when compared to Thunder. Hurricanes easily thumb the Thunder in the bowling department with recent form and experience. We expect Hurricanes to continue their winning streak and enter the knockout match.
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!