Hurricanes look to pile on Thunder`s misery!
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!
BBL2019-20 season has reached the half-way mark and it has been a close contest so far with only 2 points separating teams from third to the seventh position in the points table. Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder are in the lower half of the pile and will look to get a move on from there.
Sydney Thunder has lost three matches in a row and is looking to end their jinx with a much-needed win. Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, lost their previous match against Brisbane Heat and are having an inconsistent run so far. Both teams will look to surge ahead in the points table with a crucial win here.
Sydney Thunder's top 4 batsmen failed to kick on despite getting starts in the previous match against Melbourne Stars and eventually lost by 5 wickets. Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Mathew Gilkes, and Callum Ferguson scored runs between 26 & 41 but no one scored at a strike rate over 130.
They ended with a below-par score of 145 runs on board in 20 overs. Their bowling unit tried to make a match out of it but was not able to stop the chase. Arjun Nair, Jonathan Cook, and Daniel Sams took a wicket each. They have an excellent pace attack with the likes of Chris Morris and Chris Tremain.
Callum Ferguson – Ferguson was the pick of batsmen last match with his 27-ball 35 runs but he would have loved to score at a much more quickly rate. He has 288 runs at a strike rate of 140 this season overall.
Daniel Sams – Daniel Sams is the leading wicket-taker of the season with 15 wickets so far. But, his economy rate is a little on the higher side with 8.1 RPO. He will look improvise as the tournament progresses.
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Matthew Gilkes (wk)
Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, CP Tremain, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Liam Bowe, Matthew Gilkes, Brendan Doggett, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Alex Ross
Hobart Hurricanes failed miserably with the bat with a score of just 126 runs on board. Mathew Wade returned to the team and straightaway made an impact with a 46-ball 61 runs. He was the only batsmen to score a double-digit score in the top 7. D Arcy Short is expected to return and pair up with Wade at the top in this match. Scott Boland came up with a lion-hearted effort and had match figures of 4-0-16-3 in the match. Riley Meredith and Qais Ahmed are the consistent bowlers for their team this season.
Mathew Wade – Wade has been in national duty and returned to lead in the absence of Short and scored almost 50% of his team’s runs last match. He easily outscored the combined tally of the remaining 10 players in the team.
Qais Ahmed – Qais Ahmed is one of the Afghan Spinners who is making a big impact in BBL this season. He has 9 wickets at an economy rate of 7.4 RPO this season till now.
D Arcy Short, Matthew Wade (c), Ben McDermott (wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
The weather looks dark and cloudy with 60% chances of rain and we can expect rain to intervene at some point of the match.
Showground stadium is one of the very balanced pitches with both batsmen and bowlers will be rewarded for their consistent efforts. The average score here will be around 160-170 runs.
Chasing is the best option considering the rain intervention and DLS equation`s impact on the match.
Hobart Hurricanes have an ill-performing middle order but aggressive openers at the top with the likes of Wade and Short.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, lacks the firepower in their lineup barring Hales and Ferguson. Hurricanes will pip Thunder in the bowling department easily and we go with Hurricanes to win this match.
Hobart Hurricanes will win the match!