Man of the Match: Pat Cummins
Hobart Hurricanes to win
Our Prediction is Hobart Hurricanes to win!
Hobart Hurricanes will be keen to maintain their top spot in the league table when they take on Sydney Thunder in the 55th game of Big Bash League (BBL) in Canberra on Saturday.
Hurricanes have certainly surprised many with their performance this season. They are currently top of the league table with 18 points to their name. In their previous game, Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Renegades by 16 runs to maintain their lead at the top of points table.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder lost momentum in the later stages of the competition and have failed to qualify for the playoffs this season.
Shane Watson and co. will be looking to salvage some pride and end this year’s competition with a consolation win in their final game against Hobart Hurricanes. In their previous game, Sydney Thunder suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of city-rivals Sydney Sixers.
The batting has been a big letdown for the franchise in the previous couple of games played in the competition. Skipper Shane Watson will be hoping that the side can bring their A-game to the table to finish the season on a good note.
Sydney Thunder have been inconsistent as a unit so far this season and have managed to win five games out of thirteen played in the competition. With the departure of Jos Buttler, Thunder have failed to get off to decent starts inside the Powerplay overs.
Shane Watson hasn’t done much since his scintillating century against Brisbane Heat in the competition. Sydney Thunder will be hoping that Watson can put in a big performance in this game. He has scored 329 runs in 13 matches at an average of 27.41 with one century to his name.
Callum Ferguson has been standout performer for the franchise in the batting department. He has scored 395 runs in 13 games at an average of 32.91. The side will be hoping that the experienced players like Ferguson and Watson can deliver big runs in this final game of the competition. Anton Devcich and Chris Green also contributed with crucial scores for Sydney Thunder in the previous game played against city-rivals Sydney Sixers.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed and Gurinder Sandhu to deliver crucial breakthroughs with the ball in hand
Shane Watson (c), Anton Devcich, Baxter Holt, Jason Sangha, Daniel Sams, Callum Ferguson, Chris Green, Fawad Ahmad, Jonathan Cook, Chris Jordan, Gurinder Sandhu.
Christopher Green, Matthew Gilkes, SR Watson, Pat Cummins, Anton Devcich, Fawad Ahmed, Callum Ferguson, Chris Jordan, Daniel Sams, Usman Khawaja, Gurinder Sandhu
The franchise has done exceedingly well in this year’s competition to clinch the top spot in the points table. Skipper Matthew Wade has led the way from the front with the bat.
Hurricanes will be keen to grab as many points as possible in order to give them best chance of qualifying for the finals of the competition.
The side will be relying on their in-form openers Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short to deliver the goods with the bat. Short has topped the batting charts in this year’s competition with 595 runs in 13 matches at an average of 59.50. Wade has also been consistent with the bat at the top of the innings and scored 545 runs in 13 matches with six half-centuries to his name.
The likes of Caleb Jewell, George Bailey and Ben McDermott have chipped in with crucial scores for the franchise in this year’s competition. Jewell has also been valuable addition to the batting lineup in the previous couple of matches played in the competition.
Simon Milenko and James Faulkner have the ability to score crucial runs for the side at the back end of the innings.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Riley Meredith, James Faulkner and Jofra Archer to provide breakthroughs with the new-ball. The spin duo of Clive Rose and Johan Botha has done a fantastic job for the side in this year’s tournament. Spinner Qais Ahmed also bowled well in the previous game played against Melbourne Renegades.
Matthew Wade (c), Clive Rose, George Bailey, Ben McDermott, Jofra Archer, Caleb Jewell, David Moody, Simon Milenko, Riley Meredith, Qais Ahmed, D’Arcy Short.
Caleb Jewell, Riley Meredith, Jofra Chioke Archer, D'Arcy Short, Clive Rose, David Moody, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
The wicket prepared for the game will be perfect for batting. Expect a high-scoring game between the two teams. The weather forecast for the game on Saturday will clear skies.
Manuka Oval has hosted a couple of BBL games this season. Sydney Thunder have come out on top in their previous game at the venue. The venue recently hosted its debut Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka.
The side would be keen to win the toss and put runs on the board. It might get tricky to chase down runs at the venue.
Based on current form, Hobart Hurricanes will certainly start as favorites to win this contest. On the other hand, Sydney Thunder will need to improve their game with the bat in order to push Hurricanes close in this contes.
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