Battle for supremacy between Tasmania and New South Wales
New South Wales to win
The Australia Domestic One-Day Cup 2021 is in its most important stage and the next game would see table toppers Tasmania take on New South Wales. Tasmania comes into this game with a massive win and this would make them confident while New South Wales saw their game against Western Australia washed away by rain.
New South Wales have a very strong batting and bowling line-up. With most of their international players available for selection the side would be looking to make it to the finals undefeated. Tasmania has made a strong comeback after going down in their first game and given the form of the two sides this is expected to be an exciting contest.
It has been back to back wins for Tim Paine’s side and they have now moved to the top of the points table. Their 9-wicket win over South Australia would have increased their confidence as they dominated the game right from the start. Paine would be looking to win this game and a seal a berth in the final.
Openers Paine and Caleb Jewell stitched together a match-winning stand in the last game and a similar start would be expected from them here. Jake Doran, Macalister Wright and Jordan Silk have looked good in the series and a good show would be expected from them. In Beau Webster and Tom Andrews they have good hitters of the ball down the order and the side would be expecting good hitting for them.
It was a tremendous effort from the side with the ball and they would expect a similar start with the new ball from Sam Rainbird and Riley Meredith. They didn’t allow their opponents to settle down. Tom Andrews and Jarrod Freeman also bowled tight lines in the last game and they would carry this confidence into the next one.
Tim Paine (c & wk), Caleb Jewell, Jake Doran, Macalister Wright, Jordan Silk, Beau Webster, Tom Andrews, Jarrod Freeman, Nathan Ellis, Jackson Bird, Riley Meredith
It was a rain washout for Pat Cummins’ side in their previous game against Western Australia. The side had won its both games previously and shall be looking to remain unscratched with a win here. They have dominated in both their wins so far and Cummins would be expecting a good show from his senior players in this game.
They have a great opening pair in David Warner and Matthew Gilkes. Warner has done well in previous games and a good start would be expected from him here. They have a strong middle order with Steven Smith and Moises Henriques who bring in vast experience to the table. With the likes of Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards and Sean Abbott add strength to the side down below and make their batting line-up formidable.
On the bowling front the side packs lot of experience. Ben Dwarshuis and Pat Cummins opening have bowled well so far and shall be aiming for a good start here. Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood bring in lot of experience to this attack and together with Sean Abbott they would look to bowl tight spells in the middle overs.
Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Moises Henriques, Steven Smith, Oliver Davies, Jack Edwards, Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Ben Dwarshuis
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||2.7 k/h||From: N||10%|
|03h||22||0 mm.||2.91 k/h||From: NE||4%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||4.22 k/h||From: ENE||1%|
|09h||15||0 mm.||1.42 k/h||From: E||0%|
|12h||14||0 mm.||0.61 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|15h||13||0 mm.||1.82 k/h||From: N||0%|
|18h||12||0 mm.||1.96 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|21h||12||0 mm.||1.97 k/h||From: NNW||1%|
Hobart would see clear skies on March 18 and batting conditions are expected to be good. Batsmen would however have to play with caution against the new ball. The track is expected to get flatter as the game progresses. The side that bats first would have to target a score in the range of 300 runs on this track.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart is a small ground and batsmen can hit the ball in the air without any fear. The shorter boundaries around the square allow batsmen to free their arms easily. Fast bowlers do get early assistance but this is a very tough venue for the spinners as there is little on offer from the track.
Most teams have preferred to chase totals in this tournament so far and this has worked well for them. The pitch is likely to offer support to the bowlers early on during the game. Hence, the side that wins the toss in this game is likely to opt for bowling first in this game.
Both the teams have done well so far in the tournament. Tasmania is coming here with back to back wins and this would make them confident on this track. However, they have a relatively inexperienced bowling attack that would be tested by New South Wales. On the other hand New South Wales are a batting powerhouse and this would make them favorites in this game.
New South Wales to win