In the 47th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Hobart Hurricanes will take on Perth Scorchers on January 21 (Friday) in Melbourne. This will be the second meeting of the two teams in the ongoing season.
Hobart Hurricanes are currently lying at the fifth position in the points table with 23 points. With only three matches left to play in the league stage, they need to win the match against Perth Scorchers to enter the top four in the table and qualify for the qualifiers.
Here, let’s take a look at Hobart Hurricanes predicted playing XI:
In the last match against Perth Scorchers, D’Arcy Short get back to scoring run but it ended up in the losing cause. He registered the second fifty of this season but then also Hobart Hurricanes could post only 139 runs total on the board. The southpaw smacked seven fours to score 54 runs 47 balls. Even though it could not aid in winning the match, this knock will boost his confidence.
The right-hand batsman Ben Mcdermott is the highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes. In nine matches, he has scored 397 runs at the strike rate of 143.32 and an average of 49.62. In the last match, he went berserk after the early loss of the openers, smacking 96 runs off 56 balls in which he struck eight fours and five sixes.
Dawid Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, is the fourth-highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes. He has amassed 217 runs in seven matches at the strike rate of 118.57. The England player is in good form and will look to again play a big knock against Perth Scorchers to take the revenge of defeat of the first match.
After completing his national duties, Matthew Wade have returned to Hobart Hurricanes’ squad. He is likely to play against Perth Scorchers while Will Jackes might be dropped to make his place. The wicketkeeper-batsman is best known for his power-hitting and will be looking to replicate the same for Hurricanes.
Peter Handscomb (C):
Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb is having a struggling season. His highest score this season is 30 which he registered against Sydney Thunder in the first meeting. To take revenge for the defeat, the skipper needs to set up a big partnership in Melbourne.
The Singapore-born cricketer Tim David is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. Even though he largely bats at No. 6, he has the impeccable record of scoring 20-plus runs in the first six games. In 11 matches, he has scored 231 runs at the strike rate of 155.03.
The pacer David Moody hasn’t featured in a match in this season. But he can play the maiden match for Perth Scorchers against Hobart Hurricanes considering that Johan Botha has been benched.
After getting wicketless in his last two matches, Nathan Ellis picked a wicket against Sydney Thunder but gave away 35 runs in his four overs. He will look to bounce back stronger in the second meeting against Perth Scorchers.
The vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes, Scott Boland, was too expensive against Sydney Thunder. He leaked 41 runs in his four overs quota but picked four wickets. Being the leading wicket-taker of the side, he needs to also control the run flow.
The 24-year-old Riley Meredith is the highest wicket-taker of the side. In ten matches, he has picked up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.22. But in the last match, he went wicketless.
The spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who has so far played four matches, could not give a breakthrough to Hobart Hurricanes in the last matches. In his three overs, he gave away 28 runs without picking a wicket.