On Monday (18th January), Sydney Thunder will face Hobart Hurricanes at Manuka Oval (Canberra) during the 43rd match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
It will be their second meeting in this BBL season. Earlier in this season, they met on 7th January 2021 (31st match of BBL 10) at Perth, where Thunder won by 39 runs.
In the latest BBL points table, Sydney Thunder are in the second position while Hobart Hurricanes are in this seventh spot. After playing 10 matches in this BBL season, while Thunder have earned 23 points, Hurricanes have got 19 points.
Sydney Thunder have won six games and lost four matches in this BBL season. They are surely a strong side in this BBL season, but currently they are struggling to maintain consistency.
English cricketer Alex Hales is their leading run-scorer in this tournament with 323 runs in 10 innings (average 32.30; strike-rate 161.50), including two fifties. Also, skipper Callum Ferguson has scored 247 runs in 10 innings (average 27.44; strike-rate 118.18), including three half-centuries.
Though Usman Khawaja hasn’t scored a fifty in this BBL season yet, he has scored 241 runs in 10 innings (average 26.77; strike-rate 135.39).
Daniel Sams is really consistent as an all-rounder. In this tournament, while the right-handed batsman has scored 183 runs in six innings (average 45.75; strike-rate 186.73), including two half-centuries, the left-arm pacer has also bagged 10 wickets in seven innings.
Apart from Sams, their other consistent bowlers are youngster Tanveer Sangha (16 wickets), Chris Green (12 wickets) and Nathan McAndrew (12 wickets).
Chris Green missed the last game due to pain in his left calf muscle. However, Thunder now have confirmed that Green is totally fit for the upcoming match.
Latest full available squad
Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings, Jonathon Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Lost, Won, Lost and Lost
Hobart Hurricanes made a good start in this BBL season, who won their first two games and five out of first seven matches, but now they have lost that touch by losing their last three matches. They must have to improve their performances to remain in the fight to get advance for the next stage.
While Colin Ingram is now unavailable, Will Jacks has replaced him. Ingram is their second most run-scorer in this season as he scored 258 runs in 10 innings, including only half-century. Meanwhile, Will Jacks has scored 44 runs in 4 innings of this season.
Ben McDermott is their leading run-scorer in this BBL 10 with 301 runs in 8 innings (average 43.00; strike-rate 136.19). He has already managed two half-centuries. Among the others, while Dawid Malan has scored 175 runs in six innings, Tim David has managed to score 224 runs in 10 innings.
D’Arcy Short, who scored his second half-century of this season in their last game, has also scored 195 runs in 10 innings. Short has also taken 6 wickets in this season.
Among their bowlers, while Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis both have picked up 12 wickets each this season, Scott Boland has taken 10 wickets.
Latest full available squad
Scott Boland, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Will Jacks, Sandeep Lamichhane, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Lost, Lost and Lost
In their head-to-head records, while Sydney Thunder have won six games, Hobart Hurricanes have recorded eight victories. However, Thunder won both the last two games against Hurricanes, including winning their first meeting of this season.
While both teams are currently struggling, both teams will see the forthcoming game as a big opportunity. But, Sydney Thunder are currently more confident due to standing in the second position in the BBL 10 points table.
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