Man of the Match: D'Arcy Short
Perth Scorchers, Hobart Hurricanes look for consistency and momentum!
Perth Scorchers to win!
Both Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes have had a similar season so far. Both teams have won two and lost three games and moreover, their net run rate is almost the same as well.
Perth Scorchers have shown some great bounce ability. Every time they crash to heavy defeats, they come back stronger in the next game. They suffered a crushing defeat against Sydney Sixers to start this tournament but came back well to beat Melbourne Renegades and get off the mark in this season’s BBL. Despite their best efforts with the bat, PR fell 15 runs short of a huge target in a rain-affected 18-over game against Adelaide Strikers. However, Sydney Sixers handed them another huge defeat but they defended 149 easily and won by 40 runs against Brisbane Heat to bounce back.
Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes crashed to their second straight defeat when they fell 31 runs short of Brisbane Heat’s total of 212. They were at the receiving end of a rain-hit encounter against Melbourne Stars but they were on course to lose that anyway. After having two wins from three games, Hobart now lies second from the bottom.
The Perth Scorchers batting line-up has blown hot and cold so far. In the five games, they’ve been bowled out under 140 twice but they’ve done well in other games. There’s not been one batsman who has run away with the scores. Each batsman in the top four has more than 100 runs and has contributed decently.
Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone may have clicked together as an opening pair only in one innings so far but they’ve shown they can be destructive at the top. Both of them have got starts and are scoring at good strike-rates as well. Meanwhile, skipper Mitchell Marsh is the leading run-getter as he has made 145 runs at an average of 36.25 and a strike-rate of 142.15 this season. Cameron Bancroft has done decently as well and has scored 122 runs in five innings.
With the ball, it’s been Fawad Ahmed and Chris Jordan who have led the way. The leg-spinner has shown immense control and has picked up seven wickets. Jordan has taken eight wickets in five games and has been very good all-round. The likes of Ashton Agar and Jhye Richardson have been slightly inconsistent but they form a good bowling core along with the former two.
Josh Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh (c), Ashton Turner, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Joel Paris
Matthew Kelly, Chris Jordan, Timothy David, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Agar, Fawad Ahmed, Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, CT Bancroft
The batting hasn’t been at its best for the Hobart Hurricanes this season. They have scored more than 150 only in one game so far. And it’s been a case of unconverted starts for the batsmen.
After a promising start, D’Arcy Short’s form hasn’t continued and he’s wasted a couple of good starts. Yet, he is leading the run charts for the Hurricanes as he’s made 145 runs from five innings. The only other Hobart batsman who has registered a fifty and has more than 100 runs in the season is skipper Ben McDermott who has scored 111 runs but has a strike-rate of 102.77. Apart from the two, none of them have stood up. The likes of David Miller, George Bailey and James Faulkner need to chip in and come good.
Riley Meredith is the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes. He has nine wickets and has a good economy rate as well. Meanwhile, James Faulkner and Qais Ahmad have been good with the ball and form a crucial part of the bowling attack.
D’Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (c & wk), David Miller, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Caleb Jewell, David Miller, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
It is going to be a hot day in Perth. The temperatures should come down by the time this match is underway. It is expected to be around 23-26 degrees during the game. The pitch should be a good one to bat on and we can expect a high-scoring encounter.
This is the latest stadium in Perth and it has already hosted a couple of games in this season of the BBL. Both the games were pretty high-scoring ones and batsmen enjoyed the ball coming on to the bat nicely. 196 and 174 were the scores by the teams that have batted first at this venue this season.
Last season, five out of the seven games played here were won by teams chasing. But this year, both teams that batted first emerged as winners. Thus, it may be a tricky call. However, captains usually opt to bowl first when they win the toss.
This seems to be a tight game. Both teams are in a similar situation and are lying next to each other in the points table. Both Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes seem evenly matched but the latter’s batting has been very disappointing and inconsistent. Thus, Perth Scorchers may have their nose slightly ahead heading into this encounter.
Perth Scorchers to win!