Hobart Hurricanes, who are currently among the top three teams in the points table, will lock horns with Melbourne Stars in the 27th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. This match will be hosted on Hobart Hurricanes home ground i.e, Bellerive Oval.
Notably, Hobart Hurricanes last match was also against Melbourne Stars, which was the first meeting of the two in this season. Hurricanes displayed a better performance than Stars and went on to win it comfortably by 21 runs while defending 164 runs target. They will want to maintain their winning streak against them.
Here, let’s take a look at how Hobart Hurricanes playing XI might shape in against Brisbane Heat:
In the last meeting against Melbourne Stars, D’Arcy Short scored just 12 runs off 7 balls. He hasn’t been able to set up a partnership in previous matches.
After scoring a half-century in the second match of Hobart Hurricanes, the left-hand batsman hasn’t played a big knock. He will look to redeem against Melbourne Stars as it will be his 50th match of the BBL.
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.
But after that knock, he has scored 16, 4 and 31 in his last three matches. Hobart Hurricanes will hope that he replicates his match-winning performance against Melbourne Stars.
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.
The England player is in good form and will look to again play a big knock against Melbourne Stars 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 six matches, he has amassed 235 runs at the strike rate of 128.80. In the last match, he amassed 26 runs in just 12 balls after striking three giant sixes.
With opening batsmen struggling, Ingram needs to settle himself longer in the field.
Peter Handscomb (C):
After scoring 24 runs in the opening match, Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb has not even able to touch the 20 runs mark in the last six matches. His poor form in the middle has resulted in a low score total of his side.
Being the captain, Handscomb needs to find his rhythm back otherwise it might hurt in the longer run.
The Singapore-born cricketer Tim David is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. He has scored 189 runs, which also includes a half-century, in the seven matches at the strike rate of 163.06. Although he is an allrounder, he is being used as a pure batsman.
Moreover, 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 last 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 Melbourne Stars.
After being expensive against Brisbane Heat, Nathan Ellis bounced back stronger against Melbourne Stars. In his four overs, he gave away just 11 runs while picked two wickets to sent back Stars early to the hut. He has got the knack of picking wickets and tight spells.
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 Hear.
In the last match 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.
The 24-year-old local player bounced back stronger after being expensive in the first three matches. Against Brisbane Hear, he picked three wickets in four overs and gave away 21 runs. In the absence of the experienced James Faulkner, he stepped up wonderfully. Against Melbourne Stars, he went wicketless. The youngster will want to get wickets in the second meeting.
After completing 14 days of quarantine, Sandeep Lamichhane played the first match for Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Stars. 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.