Battle of survival for Hurricanes against the Sixers
Sydney Sixers to win
We are in the last phase of the league games in the Big Bash League 2020-21 and the table toppers Sydney Sixers would be taking on the Hobart Hurricanes in the 52nd game of the season. The Sixers come here after suffering a big loss against the Sydney Thunder while the Hobart Hurricanes continued with their poor form as they lost to the Perth Scorchers in the last game.
The Hurricanes have hit a rough patch where they have managed just one victory in the last five games. Inconsistency in the top order has hurt the side badly in the last few games and they can’t afford another loss here. The Sixers would be playing freely as they are already through to the next round and it would be interesting to see which of the two sides emerges as winners on a good batting surface.
It was a rare bad day at the office for Daniel Hughes’s side in the last game against Sydney Thunder where they bowled poorly to lose the game by 46 runs in the end. The side has already earned a place for itself in the playoffs and shall be looking to gain further momentum from this game. They had lost to the Hurricanes earlier and shall look to even it out here in this game.
Openers Josh Philippe and James Vince played well in the last game and have been in good form. They would look to look to continue with the good form. The middle order has done well for the side and the same would be expected from Hughes, Jordan Silk and Moises Henriques. The presence of Carlos Brathwaite, Daniel Christian and Ben Dwarshuis adds great firepower to the side.
They have struggled with the ball this season and shall look for improvement before the playoffs. Steve O’Keefe and Jackson Bird will have to start the proceedings well as they were expensive in the last game. Ben Dwarshuis has so far looked the best bowler for the side and there would be huge expectations on him. Brathwaite, Christian and Lloyd Pope would be expected to play good supporting acts in this game.
Daniel Hughes (c), Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird, Lloyd Pope
James Vince, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Sean Abbott, Jake Ball, DT Christian, Benjamin Manenti
Matthew Wade who resumed the captaincy in the last game saw his side go down against the Perth Scorchers by 22 runs. With four losses in their last five games the side has fallen to the 6th place on the points table and they would need to win this one to keep their hopes alive for the playoffs. Wade would like his side to draw confidence from their earlier win in the season against the Sixers.
Wade and D'Arcy Short have done well as a pair in the past and the side would hope to see a good start from them here in this game. In the middle order Ben McDermott and Dawid Malan will need to play well especially McDermott who has scored lots of runs this season. Peter Handscomb, Will Jacks and Tim David are good hitters of the ball and lend solidity to the lower order for the side.
The side has struggled with the ball in the last few games. Scott Boland and Riley Meredith have been expensive with the new ball and they can’t afford to fail here. Nathan Ellis is looking good for now and the side would hope to see a good show from him here. Sandeep Lamichhane and Will Jacks will be expected to keep the run rate low given the strength Sydney Sixers have with the bat
Matthew Wade (c), D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Will Jacks, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Matthew Wade, Will Jacks, D'Arcy Short, Nick Winter, Peter Handscomb, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0.12 mm.||6.61 k/h||From: NNE||94%|
|03h||19||0.25 mm.||5.37 k/h||From: ENE||92%|
|06h||20||0 mm.||3.97 k/h||From: E||84%|
|09h||19||0 mm.||3.58 k/h||From: ENE||74%|
|12h||19||0.80 mm.||2.82 k/h||From: ENE||55%|
|15h||22||0.67 mm.||4.29 k/h||From: ENE||52%|
|18h||22||0.33 mm.||6.29 k/h||From: E||68%|
|21h||21||0.12 mm.||6.43 k/h||From: E||99%|
The skies over Melbourne would be slightly overcast on January 24 and the weather would be comfortable. The pitch has been a flat one where the ball has come on nicely to the bat. Bowlers would have to use their variations to do well here. The side batting first would target a score of 170 runs to feel comfortable on this wicket.
The largest ground in the world, Melbourne is a good venue for batsmen who are willing to stick to the wicket and rotate the. Fast bowlers have done well here in the past as there is good bounce and carry on the surface. The large size of the ground also offers cushion to the spinners as they can toss the ball up without the fear of being hit over the ropes.
Sides batting first have won most of the games this season at this venue. It has been a good batting surface early on and has slowed down as the game as progressed. We hope to see both the skippers having this in their mind at the toss and opting to bat first in this game.
Hobart Hurricanes have failed to execute their game plans in the last few games and are a loss away from ending the season in the league stages. They have failed to play well as unit in the second leg of the season and this has hit them hard. Sydney Sixers have already booked their place in the playoffs and have looked in good form in most games. The side would start favorites in this game.
Sydney Sixers to win