On January 26 (Tuesday), Hobart Hurricanes will take on Melbourne Renegades which will be the 55th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
After winning their last match against Sydney Sixers, Hobart Hurricanes settled at the number five position in the points table with 27 points. But to finalise their spot in the playoffs, they need to have the upper hand against Melbourne Renegades as this is their last match of the group stage.
Here, let’s take a look at Hobart Hurricanes predicted XI:
D’Arcy Short has got back to scoring run. He registered the second fifty of this season against Perth Scorchers in the first meeting. In the last match as well, he was the second-highest scorer for the side. He amassed 72 runs off 52 balls in which he struck seven fours and three sixes to guide Hobart Hurricanes to post 189 runs target.
The right-hand batsman Ben Mcdermott is the highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes. In 11 matches, he has scored 401 runs at the strike rate of 140.02 and an average of 40.10. However, in the last two matches, he hasn’t been able to play a big knock. He will have to redeem against Melbourne Renegades.
Dawid Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. He has amassed 231 runs in nine matches at the strike rate of 117.25. The England player is in good form and will look to again play a big knock against Melbourne Renegades.
Matthew Wade (c):
After completing his national duties, Matthew Wade has returned to the Hobart Hurricanes squad. He played the maiden match of this season against Perth Scorchers but could not play a big knock. In the last match, he went berserk and smashed 86 runs off 44 balls at the strike rate of 195.45. His gun-blazing knock comprised of 10 fours and three sixes to guide Hurricanes to victory.
The wicketkeeper-batsman is best known for his power-hitting and will be looking to replicate the same for Hurricanes.
Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb is having a struggling season. His highest score this season is 30 which he has registered against Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers. To guide the team to the playoffs, he needs to score big against Adelaide Strikers.
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 13 matches, he has scored 265 runs at the strike rate of 154.06.
Nick Winter has played his second match of this season against Sydney Sixers but went wicketless while also proved to be expensive. In his three overs, he was smashed for three boundaries and leaked 24 runs.
Although the season is about to over, Hobart Hurricanes are still finding a fourth bowling option.
Nathan Ellis returned to the groove in the last match against Sydney Sixers. He picked up three wickets although could not control the run rate. In his four overs, he gave away 36 runs. Overall, in 13 matches, he has picked up 21 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker of the side.
The vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes, Scott Boland, didn’t give away runs easily in the last match. In his four overs quota, he conceded 23 runs while picked two crucial wickets to halt Sydney Sixers to 181 runs.
The 24-year-old Riley Meredith is one of the leading wicket-takers of Hobart Hurricanes. In 12 matches, he has picked up 13 wickets at an economy rate of 8.02. In the last match, he went too expensive, giving away 55 runs in his four overs.
The spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who has so far played six matches, has given breakthroughs to Hobart Hurricanes in a crunch situation. Against Sydney Sixers, he played a pivotal role in sending Mosies Henriques early to hut to seal the game for his side.