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Toss Winner - Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and chose to bat first
Hobart Hurricanes beat Sydney Thunder by 9 runs
Hurricanes’ challenge to halt Thunder’s juggernaut
Sydney Thunder to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
We are into the last leg of the league games in the Big Bash League 2021-22 and the 47th game would see a confident Sydney Thunder taking on the Hobart Hurricanes. The two sides had met in the previous game as well and Sydney Thunder registered a massive win which would add to the side’s confidence.
The Hurricanes are feeling the heat in the absence of their skipper Matthew Wade who has pulled out of the tournament. This is weakened their batting line-up and other players would have to fill in the void here. The Thunder who have already made it to the next round aren’t likely to make it easy for the Hurricanes and we expect to see a good contest here.
Jason Sangha who stepped in as skipper in absence of Chris Green would be extremely happy with the performance of his players. They were clinical with the bat and the ball and have now booked a berth in the next round with this win. Sangha would aim to defeat the Hurricanes once again having gotten under their skins.
The opening pair of Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes is in good form and Hales has been tremendous in the last few games. The side would like to see a good start from them. Sangha has scored runs and adds power to the middle order with Daniel Sams and Oliver Davies. In Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt, and Nathan McAndrew, the side has good hitters of the ball to follow.
Mohammad Hasnain has used his pace well and he would look to put Hurricanes into trouble sharing the new ball with Gurinder Sandhu. Nathan McAndrew and Sams come here with a good show in the last game and have kept the run flow in the middle overs under check. With Tanveer Sangha working his magic well, the side has a good bowling attack going into the next game.
Jason Sangha (c), Matthew Gilkes, Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt (wk), Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Mohammad Hasnain
Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Matthew Gilkes, Baxter J Holt, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Tanveer Sangha, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Oliver Davies
It was a big loss for the Hurricanes as they went down by 9 wickets in their last game against Sydney Thunder. Peter Handscomb who is leading the side in the absence of Matthew Wade finds his hands tied as the side missing top players. As they take on the same team again Handscomb would like to see better efforts from his batsmen and bowlers and register a win in this game.
Ben McDermott has scored runs and he would have to set up a good opening wicket stand with Caleb Jewell. In the middle order, they have good strength with Handscomb, Harry Brook, and D’Arcy Short in the side but these players didn’t fire in the last game. They would also expect to see runs down the order from Tim David and Jordan Thompson as Thunder have a powerful bowling attack.
Their bowlers were ineffective in the last game, and they have a big role to play in this game. The side would like to see tight spells in the game from Thomas Rogers and Riley Meredith who bowled poor lines in the last game. Sandeep Lamichhane has picked form, and this is good news for the side. He would have to bowl tight spells in the middle overs with Tim David, D’Arcy Short, and Mitchell Owen.
Peter Handscomb (c), Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), D’Arcy Short, Harry Brook, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Mitchell Owen, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Wil Parker, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, Timothy David, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, D'Arcy Short, Thomas Rogers, Jordan Thompson
Weatherman predicts rains over Melbourne on January 13. The wicket is expected to be flat, and batsmen are likely to have a good time on this surface. Bowlers are likely to get some assistance due to the weather. The side batting first would need at least 160 runs on the board to win here.
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne is a good venue for this format of the game, and we have witnessed several high-scoring games here in the past. The ball comes onto the bat nicely and allows the batsmen to play their strokes freely. The margin for error for the bowlers is small and they must bowl tight lines to do well here.
Four games have been played and the side batting first has registered massive wins in three games. The surface has been great for batting and sides have found it hard to chase scores here. Hence, we expect the side winning the toss in this game to have no hesitation in batting first.
Hobart Hurricanes would face a tough challenge here. The side would have to come out of the big defeat in the last game and play well here. Their batting is looking weak, and bowlers have failed to execute the game plan so far. Sydney Thunder on the other hand are in great form. The side has won the last six games and they would start outright favorites to win their seventh consecutive game.
Sydney Thunder to win
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