Sydney Sixers look to leap ahead in the qualification race!
Sydney Sixers to win!
BBL19-20 is very closely contested and the table is very crowded in the middle with four teams separated by just a point. Sydney Sixers are currently placed second in the points table and will be looking to get a lead ahead of the other teams in the points table. Sydney Sixers are in good form winning 5 out of their last 6 matches.
Hobart Hurricanes are struggling to find a form with a string of losses on a row. They are currently in a three-match losing streak and will look to win this match to end their jinx. Hurricanes cannot afford to lose more matches as that may end up their chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Sydney Sixers 5-match winning streak came to an end after they lost to Melbourne Stars in the last match. Josh Philippe is their leading run-scorer with 270 runs at a strike rate of 128 with 2 half-centuries so far. Daniel Hughes, James Vince, and Moises Henriques have come up crucial cameos in the middle but are yet to make a half-century so far.
Ben Dwarshius and Tom Curran are expected to lead the bowling attack in the absence of Sean Abbott & Josh Hazlewood. Lloyd Pope and Steve O Keefe will form the spin duo and are expected a play a big role in this pitch.
Moises Henriques – Henriques played a good hand scoring 41 runs off 25 balls in the middle with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes. But, he failed to keep going and help his team chase down the total. He will be looking to put a big score in this match.
Tom Curran – Tom Curran is having an excellent season with 123 runs and 14 wickets so far. His batting has helped Sixers clinch crucial moments and he is their highest wicket taker. His economy rate of 9.89 RPO is the only issue with him.
Moises Henriques (c), Steve O Keefe, James Vince, Jackson Bird, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Lloyd Pope, Josh Philippe (wk), Justin Avendano
Steve O'Keefe, B Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Justin Avendano, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Benjamin Manenti
Hobart Hurricanes were bowled out for just 98 runs in their previous match. Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, and Mathew Wade must take responsibility and score run consistently in the absence of their regular skipper D Arcy Short. George Bailey and David Miller have been big failures this season and will need to return their form soon.
Qais Ahmed has been their best bowler this season with 11 wickets at an economy of 7.9 RPO. Clive Rose and Nathan Ellis are not up to the mark with the ball and will need to improve to help the team. Scott Boland and Thomas Rogers's addition will bring some freshness to their bowling attack.
Mathew Wade – Mathew Wade has taken the captaincy duties from D Arcy Short and has scored a 50+ score in the three matches he has played so far. Their batting unit is struggling and he will need to step up t the top.
Qais Ahmed – Qais Ahmed is the lone spinner in the team and he has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 7.9 RPO. He will enjoy bowling in the Sydney pitch and will have a huge role to play for his team.
George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c), David Miller, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott (wk), Simon Milenko, Qais Ahmad, Caleb Jewell, Thomas Rogers, Nathan Ellis
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, David Miller, J Doran, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
The weather looks dark and cloudy with 80% chances of rain and we can expect rain to intervene at some point in the match.
Sydney is one of the spin-friendly pitches in Australia and we can expect scores in the range of 160-170 runs here.
Teams have preferred to chase in T20s recently and rain threat further tilts the match in favor of chasing team.
Sydney Sixers have better form, team composition, and in-form players when compared to Hobart Hurricanes this season. Hurricanes and Sixers both have a poor middle order that is yet to make a mark this season. Hobart Hurricanes bowling lacks the X-factor and is not looking good on paper.
Sydney Sixers to win!