Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, 31st T20 Match Prediction2020-01-12
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Thunder’s challenge to end drought at home
Hobart Hurricanes to win this game!
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The 31st match on the Big Bash League 2019-20 would be a very interesting one. Sydney Thunder the hosts would be looking to end their drought at home. The side has lost all the games so far at this venue and looks in bad form at the moment after losing its last three games. Hobart Hurricanes on the other hand also seems to be struggling at the moment after their big loss in the last game. The tournament is in its most important stage and all the sides are looking forward to booking their berths for the playoff stage.
For the hosts, their dip in form has come at the worst possible moment and they are failing to deliver as a unit. It remains to be seen if they are able to offer something for their fans to cheer about and make use of the home advantage in the next game.
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Three losses in their last three games have suddenly turned the tournament on its head for Callum Ferguson’s side. It was another ordinary show from them in their last game against the Melbourne Stars where they went down by 6 wickets. The side will have to recover quickly from this defeat and play well in the next game making good use of the home advantage. Their batting line up is in good form but the problem has been with their scoring rate.
Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales would have to improve their scoring rate in the next game. The same is true for Ferguson. Matthew Gilkes is in good form and will look to do well. The side would need better performances from Daniel Sams, Chris Morris and Alex Ross going into the next game.
Their bowling attack is struggling at the moment and Daniel Sams and Chris Morris have failed to bowl tight lines at the start of the innings. They will have to pick wickets with the new ball in the next game. Chris Tremain, Nathan McAndrew and Arjun Nair will have to keep their ends tight for the side to win in the next game.
Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, CP Tremain, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Liam Bowe, Matthew Gilkes, Brendan Doggett, Chris Morris, Usman Khawaja, Alex Ross
Matthew Wade’s return to the captaincy wasn’t greeted by a good show from the side. Wade would be upset with the way his side bowed down in the last game against the Brisbane Heat. It was a below-par performance from their batsmen in the game that saw them going down.
The side will have to win the next game to keep their hopes alive for going into the playoffs. Matthew Wade played well in the last game but there was hardly any support from the rest of the batting. They missed D’Arcy Short who should play in the next game. Caleb Jewell, George and David Miller will have to produce better knocks for the side going into the next game.
In Thomas Rogers and Ben McDermott, they have good finishers who will be looking to take the opportunity count in the next game. Nathan Ellis and Scott Bolland had a good show with the ball in the last game but they never had enough runs on the board to defend. Qais Ahmed, Clive Rose and Thomas Rogers will have to bowl tighter lines in the next game as the Sydney Thunder have a powerful batting line-up that can hit the ball out of the park easily.
Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Clive Rose, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade, David Miller, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, Qais Ahmad
The weather forecast for Sydney on January 11 doesn’t look great and there are chances of heavy showers during the game. The pitch has so far been a good one for the batsmen but given the overcast skies the ball would be expected to move a bit and batsmen have to be cautious with their shot selection. Any score over 160 runs would be a fighting total on this surface.
Sydney Showground Stadium is a quintessential T20 venue where we have seen lots of runs being scored. The ball comes onto the bat nicely here and the smaller size of the ground adds to the fun for the batsman. Fast bowlers get their good bargain from the surface with the new ball and spinners do well as the pitch wears down.
There is forecast for rain during the next game and conditions are likely to be difficult for batting. The side chasing the score would have an advantage in a rain curtailed game. Hence the skipper winning the toss is most likely to opt to bowl on this surface keeping the conditions in mind.
This will be a very close game between the two sides. Sydney Thunder is in poor form having lost the last three games. This has ruined the lead they had taken over other sides at the start of the tournament. Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, is also facing some of their issues with a batting line-up that has been inconsistent so far in the season.
It’s neck and neck between the two sides but Hurricanes have a better bowling attack and this will give them edge going into the next game.
Hobart Hurricanes to win this game!
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