In the 52nd match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Hobart Hurricanes will take on Sydney Sixers in Melbourne on January 24 (Sunday). This is a must-win match for Hobart Hurricanes as they are currently lying at number seventh position in the points table.
To enter the top five in the points table and make a place in the playoffs, they will have to dominate against Sydney Sixers, who are topping the points table. Well, Hobart Hurricanes had defeated them during the first meeting in this season.
Here, let’s take a look at Hobart Hurricanes predicted playing 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 highest scorer for the side although Hobart Hurricanes could not win the match. But the franchise will want him to give a good start.
The right-hand batsman Ben Mcdermott is the highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes. In 10 matches, he has scored 397 runs at the strike rate of 143.32 and an average of 49.62. However, in the last match, he was out for a duck. He will have to redeem against Sydney Sixers.
Dawid Malan, the top-ranked T20I batsman, is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. He has amassed 220 runs in eight matches at the strike rate of 116.40. The England player is in good form and will look to again play a big knock against Sydney Sixers.
Matthew Wade (c):
After completing his national duties, Matthew Wade has returned to the Hobart Hurricanes squad. He played against Perth Scorchers but could not play a big knock. 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 12 matches, he has scored 258 runs at the strike rate of 153.57.
The pacer David Moody hasn’t featured in a match in this season. But he can play the maiden match for Hobart Hurricanes against Adelaide Strikers 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. In the last match, he registered a four-wicket haul and halted Perth Scorchers to 179 runs.
The vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes, Scott Boland, was too expensive against Perth Scorchers. He leaked 48 runs in his four overs quota while also went wicketless. Being the leading wicket-taker of the side, he needs to also control the run flow.
The 24-year-old Riley Meredith is one of the leading wicket-takers of Hobart Hurricanes. In 11 matches, he has picked up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.48. But in the last match, he went wicketless while gave away 40 runs in his four overs.
The spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who has so far played five matches, has given breakthroughs to Hobart Hurricanes in a crunch situation. In his four overs, he gave away 27 runs and picked two wickets.