Hobart Hurricanes, who are currently among the top three in the points table, will take Syndey Thunder on Thursday (January 7) for the first time in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. Perth Stadium will host this match, which will be the 31st match of this season.
Hobart Hurricanes are coming off from a defeat against Melbourne Stars by 10 runs while chasing 184 runs target. The match against Sydney Thunder will also be a tough competition to win
Here, let’s take a look at how Hobart Hurricanes playing XI might shape in:
In the last meeting against Melbourne Stars, D’Arcy Short scored just 8 runs after facing 13 balls. After scoring a half-century in the second match of Hobart Hurricanes, the left-hand batsman has neither played a big knock nor has stitched an opening partnership. Being the opening batsman, he needs to give a stable start which Hobart Hurricanes will want him to give against the strong Sydney Thunder.
Against Renegades, he scored a large chunk of runs while chasing 158 runs target. The 26-year-old remained unbeaten and scored 89 runs off 55 balls, striking seven fours and five sixes. His fiery knock single-handedly helped Hurricanes to win the match.
Against Melbourne Stars, Ben Mcdermott went on to amass 91 runs off 58 balls in which he struck eight fours and five sixes at the strike rate of 156.90. However, he will be disappointed that his fiery knock could not end up in a winning cause. But this knock will be a confidence boost because, in previous matches, he was out early.
Dawid Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, was the highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Stars in the first meetings. He smacked 75 runs off 56 balls, striking seven fours and three sixes to take the team’s total to 164 runs. But he could not replicate a similar performance in the second meeting.
The England player is in good form and will look to again play a big knock against Sydney Thunder as the openers haven’t been able to set the stage on fire.
Colin Ingram is currently one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. In seven matches, he has amassed 252 runs at the strike rate of 128.80. In the last match against Melbourne Stars, he amassed 17 runs in 13 balls. His shorter stay cost them to defeat. With opening batsmen struggling, Ingram needs to settle himself longer in the field.
Peter Handscomb (C):
Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb, who is having a struggling season, played a fiery knock to take the team to almost to the victory āgainst Melbourne Stars. He scored 21 runs off just 9 balls, striking two giant sixes and one four but his innings was cut short because of the bizarre runout.
Being the captain, Handscomb will look to play such more knock to take the game home.
The Singapore-born cricketer Tim David is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. But he could not produce a match-winning knock against Melbourne Stars, which was the last outing of his side. He was out for just two runs when the team needed a strong partnership.
But in his previous innings, even though he largely bats at No. 6, he has the impeccable record of scoring 20-plus runs in the first six games.
In his first three outings, he has picked up three wickets and has registered the acceptable economy rate of 7.00. The spin bowling allrounder hasn’t got much opportunity to showcase his prowess with the bat so far in his last three matches. He will hope to give an overall contribution to Hobart Hurricanes’ win against Syndey Thunder.
In the last match, Nathan Ellis all good ended up in the losing cause. He picked up the crucial wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Holtan Cartwright to cut short the innings of the Melbourne Stars. However, his side could not chase down the target.
But Ellis would continue his exploits to put Hobart Hurricanes in a domination position with the bat.
The vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes, Scott Boland bowled tight spells to choke Melbourne Renegades middle-order batsmen. He gave away only 19 runs in his four overs spell while picked the early wicket of the opener. He was way too economical against Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat.
In the first meeting against Melbourne Stars, he ran through their batting order, picking two crucial wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis besides sending Sam Rainbird, who was playing the first match of this season. However, his figures were disturbed in the last match. He went wicketless while conceded 45 runs in four overs. Scott Boland will have to bounce back stronger against Sydney Thunder.
The 24-year-old local player bounced back stronger after being expensive in the first three matches. Against Brisbane Heat, he picked three wickets in four overs and gave away 21 runs. In the absence of the experienced James Faulkner, he has stepped up wonderfully. Against Melbourne Stars in the second meeting, he got two wickets while gave away 25 runs in four overs. The youngster will want to continue his good form in the coming matches.
After completing 14 days of quarantine, Sandeep Lamichhane played the first match for Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Stars, which was the first meeting. He notched the wickets of Hilton Cartwright and Ben Dunk in his four overs but was expensive. The Nepalese cricketer will want to give his best in this league as he had to go to strict quarantine to make himself available to play the coming matches.