Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia
Hurricanes look to squash the Thunder amidst the conditions of Hobart!
We are expecting Hobart Hurricanes to win!
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Hobart Hurricanes would be hosting the Sydney Thunder in their second clash of the season, with the previous encounter won by the Thunder by a narrow margin of 4-wickets. Alex Hales (55) and Alex Ross (32*) scored the bulk of runs for the Men in Green as they chased 163 with merely two balls to spare.
This time around, the situation might be a bit different as the Hurricanes have nothing to lose and would simply look to thwart the chances of Thunder’s triumph. Led by Matthew Wade, the Hobart Hurricanes could muster merely 4 wins in 12 matches and were long lost from making it to the knockouts.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder is nearly on the verge of being evicted from the race to knockouts and need to win their remaining couple of matches that too by decent margins in order to seal a spot in the eliminators. They lost out the match against Perth Scorchers and are thus seated at the fifth spot in the points tally with 5 wins in 11 matches and 10 points under their belt.
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Skipper Matthew Wade scored a blistering 29-ball 66 in the recent outing against Renegades and will look to don a similar role alongside opener Macalister Wright in the game at Hobart. Ben McDermott (236 runs in 11 innings) has been the biggest positive for the Hurricanes in BBL 2019-20. The wicket-keeper batsman had a terrific outing against Renegades wherein he scored an unbeaten 19-ball 38 comprising four and three sixes.
David Miller scored an unbeaten 90 couple of matches ago and would look to exhibit a similar show at Bellerive Oval. George Bailey (131 runs in 7 innings) has scored decently in the middle-order and would be backed to go bonkers when needed.
Bowling wise, spinner Qais Ahmad (1/25) was the most economical bowler in the lately finished match against Renegades and is currently the highest wicket-taker for the Hurricanes in BBL 2019-29 with 12 wickets in as many matches. Pacer Scott Boland (10 wickets in 7 innings) has reaped benefits with his yorkers and good length deliveries, and along with Nathan Ellis will be expected to tear through the rival lineup.
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Mac Wright, D'Arcy Short, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Qais Ahmad
Alex Hales has been the go-to man for Thunder in the ongoing edition of BBL. Although he started slow, he paced up in the middle of the season and has aggregated 339 runs in 12 outings at an average of 33.90 and a strike rate of 139.50. Southpaw Usman Khawaja (271 runs in 12 innings) has inflicted serious damage in the powerplays and with skipper Callum Ferguson (314 runs in 12 innings) will carry the onus of getting the big shots on board.
Alex Ross has been a menace in the middle-order and has aggregated 239 runs in 10 outings at an average of 47.80. In the bowling department, Daniel Sams (20 wickets in 12 wickets) is currently topping the bowling charts in BBL 2019-20 and will spearhead the attack for the Thunder. Chris Morris (14 wickets in 10 innings) with his cutters and pace variations has been lethal in the death overs and with fellow pacer Gurinder Sandhu will be a force to reckon with at Bellerive Oval.
Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Jonathan Cook, Arjun Nair, Liam Bowe, Jay Lenton, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Gurinder Sandhu, Callum Ferguson, Alex Ross
It is going to be a mostly clear day with the temperature between 16-18 degrees Celsius. Excellent conditions for a game of cricket with scores as high as 170 being put to the witness.
Bellerive Oval has offered great assistance to the batsmen with the scoreline of 175 as the average 1st innings total. In fact, on two occasions has the team batting first scored 170 plus, making it a belter of a track.
The toss winning team should look to bowl first on this occasion. The wicket at Bellerive Oval starts slow but flattens as the game progresses. With the dew factor likely to kick in at the later stage, the batsmen would be in for an advantage as the ball would be coming onto the bat nicely and thus a high scoring contest can be expected.
Although Hobart Hurricanes have been knocked out from the tournament, they would be favorites amidst the home conditions of Hobart. The fact that they won the recent outing against Melbourne Renegades and have never lost a match against Sydney Thunder at Bellerive Oval is something that should be taken into consideration.
We are expecting Hobart Hurricanes to win!
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