Man of the Match: Josh Philippe
Invincible Hobart Hurricanes take on upbeat Sydney Sixers
Our prediction is Hobart Hurricanes to win the match!
Sydney Sixes leapfrogged to the second position in the points table after their thumping win over Brisbane Heats by a massive 79 runs. Sydney Sixers will look to win more matches and seal their spot for the playoffs. James Vince and Jordan Silk were the stars with the bat last match. Their partnership helped their team to post a massive score of 177 runs. Skipper Moises Henriques is having a lean patch with the bat and will look to regain form before the knockouts.
Bowling has been their strength with spinner Steve O Keefe leading the pack as tournament`s highest wicket taker. Ben Dwarisus, Tom Curran and Sean Abbott form the fast bowling troika and are hugely impressive. Lloyd Pope has been roped in as an additional spinner in the playing XI and picked up three wickets last match.
Hobart Hurricanes have the team of the tournament so far and they have lost just one match out of their 9 matches played so far. They lead the net placed Sydney Sixers by a massive margin of 6 points in lesser matches played. They crushed the Adelaide Strikers by chasing the target inside 17 over’s by 10 wickets. D Arcy Short has been their batting star and is the tournament`s highest run scorer so far.
Captain Mathew Wade, McDermott, James Faulkner and Johan Botha all have made vital contributions with the bat and are in good form. Riley Mireduth, Jofra Archer and James Faulkner form the pace bowling combination of the team.D Arcy Short, Johan Botha and Clive Reese are the spin bowling options available to the team. Hobart Hurricanes make a formidable team and they are the favorites to win the league.
James Vince – Vince has made a excellent 73 last match after a couple of quite matches. His T20 experience across various leagues will come in handy for the team.
Tom Curran –Tom Curran has been performing well with his all-round skills with bat and ball. His Yorkers were bowled to perfection at a great pace and are treat to watch in the last match.
Lloyd Pope was impressive last match and will keep his place ahead of Benjamin Menanti. No changes are expected in their playing XI.
Stats from the league:
Jordan Silk – 260 runs at strike rate 120 (HS-67*, 50s-1)
Steve O Keefe - 16 wickets at an economy of 7 rpo (BB- 3/19) – Highest wicket taker so far
Moises Henriques (C), James Vince, Jack Edwards, Jordan Silk, Daniel Hughes, Steve O keefe, Josh Philipe (Wk), Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarisus, Lloyd Pope.
Steve O'Keefe, B Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Benjamin Manenti, Sean Abbott, Lloyd Pope
Mathew Wade – Wade is an explosive batsmen and it is evident from last match where he scored 84 runs in 49 balls. He has the ability to play well against both the pace and spin bowlers.
Jofra Archer – Archer is one of renowned names in T20 format with his all-round skills. His bowling is mighty effective with pacy bouncers, Yorkers, slow balls and all the other variations. He is an exciting talent to lookout for.
Stats from the league
D Arcy Short – 441 runs at strike rate 140 (HS -96*, 50s-5) – Highest Run Scorer so far
James Faulkner – 15 wickets at an economy of 7.9 rpo (BB – 3/25)
Mathew Wade(C & Wk), D Arcy Short, , Caleb Paul Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith.
Riley Meredith, Jofra Chioke Archer, D'Arcy Short, Clive Rose, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, Johan Botha, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott
Sydney Cricket Ground SCG is known to aid the spinners and is one of the very sub-continental pitches in Australia. The pitch will slow down more as the match progresses and batsmen will find it hard to time the ball. Any score above 160 runs will be tough to chase under lights.
Teams batting first have won 6 out of the 8 matches played here, so both teams will look to bat first. No team has chased more than 140 runs in this year. So bowlers will inching to bowl on this match to strangle the opposition.