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Toss Winner - Sydney Thunder Women won the toss and chose to bat first
Sydney Thunder Women beat Hobart Hurricanes Women by 37 runs
Sydney Thunder Women’s tall ask against Hobart Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes Women to win
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Aurora Stadium, Launceston, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
The Sydney Thunder Women would play against the Hobart Hurricanes Women in the 25th game of the Women’s Big Bash League 2021. This game would be an important one for both sides given the standing on the points table. Sydney Thunder comes into this game after registering their first win in the season against Melbourne Stars while Hurricanes went down against Brisbane Heat in their last game.
Sydney Thunder Women have looked in poor form since the start of the season and have managed to win just one game till now. Their batters have lacked form causing troubles for the side. The Hurricanes also need to get a move on to qualify for the playoffs and it will be interesting to see which of the sides ends up winning the game.
It was sort of a breather for Hannah Darlington’s side as they won the first game of the season defeating the Melbourne Stars Women by 19 runs. This win has ignited some hope for the side to make it to the playoffs. They would need a big win here and shall take inspiration from the five consecutive wins they have enjoyed against the Hurricanes Women.
They now have openers Tahlia Wilson and Smriti Mandhana in good form as they have scored runs in the last two games. A good start from them would put the side in a comfortable position. Phoebe Litchfield played a good knock in the last game but the rest of the batting continues to struggle. Runs would be needed from Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Deepti Sharma, and Darlington.
Samantha Bates has been excellent with the ball for the side so far and she would be expected to strike early along with Isabelle Wong. Sharma and Darlington did well in the last game and they would carry confidence into the next game. The side would like to see tight bowling from the likes of Johnson, Kate Peterson, and Lauren Smith in this game.
Hannah Darlington (c), Tahlia Wilson (wk), Smriti Mandhana, Phoebe Litchfield, Corinne Hall, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Deepti Sharma, Lauren Smith, Isabelle Wong, Kate Peterson, Samantha Bates
Smriti Mandhana, Lauren Smith, Phoebe Litchfield, Deepti Sharma, Corinne Hall, Hannah Darlington, Samantha Bates, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tahlia Wilson, Issy Wong, Anika Learoyd
Rachel Priest’s side went down by 14 runs in a high-scoring contest against Brisbane Heat Women. Having bowled poorly and conceded 170 runs the side did well to almost chase down the big total but a batting collapse towards the end denied them the win. Priest would be aware of Thunder’s lack of form and shall look to exploit it here in this game.
Priest and Ruth Johnston haven’t been consistent and the side would need a good start from them in this game. In the middle order, Mignon du Preez looks in excellent form and she would like to build partnerships with Richa Ghosh and Nicola Carey. Naomi Stalenberg and Molly Strano are good hitters of the ball and the side would expect quick runs from them.
Tayla Vlaeminck has bowled tight spells and the side would need a similar show from her sharing the new ball with Belinda Vakarewa. Carey, Strano, and Amy Smith had an off day in the last game and they would look forward to improving their lines. Ruth Johnston is a bowler in form and she adds strength to this attack.
Rachel Priest (c & wk), Ruth Johnston, Mignon du Preez, Nicola Carey, Richa Ghosh, Naomi Stalenberg, Sasha Moloney, Molly Strano, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Amy Smith
Naomi Stalenberg, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Ruth Johnston, Nicola Carey, Belinda Vakarewa, Rachel Priest, Tayla Vlaeminck, Sasha Moloney, Mignon du Preez, Richa Ghosh
Launceston would see cloudy skies on October 31, and this would make batting a challenge at the start of the game. The wicket has looked flat in the last few games and batters have been able to play their strokes easily on this surface. The side batting first would like to put up a score of 160 or more on this wicket.
Aurora Stadium, Launceston is a small park and batters have always scored runs here. There is a patch of grass on the surface, which gets fast bowlers interested but the ball comes onto the bat nicely allowing easy strokes. Spinners have struggled here in the past as the ball doesn’t turn much and the short dimensions also make it a challenge here.
We have seen big scores in the venue in the last few games and there has been little on the surface for the bowlers. Batters are scoring runs easily and the side winning the toss would like to take advantage of it by opting to bat first in the game.
Sydney Thunder Women have got the monkey off their back with their first win of the season in the last game. Their batting has looked poor and inconsistent and this is one area the side would have to work on here. Hobart Hurricanes Women have been in excellent form with the bat and have their top order scoring runs. It would be a close contest, but Hurricanes would start nose ahead in this game.
Hobart Hurricanes Women to win
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