Hobart Hurricanes will look to break their three-match losing streak when they second time meet Sydney Thunder on January 18 (Monday) at Manuka Oval in Canberra. This will be the 43rd match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Hobart Hurricanes lost to Sydney Thunder in the first meeting. While chasing undaunting 167 runs, they were halted to 128 runs at the loss of eight wickets. They will look to take revenge for the defeat.
Meanwhile, Hurricanes are lying at the second last position in the points table with five wins and as many defeats out of 10 matches.
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 eight matches, he has scored 301 runs at the strike rate of 136.14 and an average of 43.00. But in the last match, he lost his wicket early which costed the side. He will look to play a big knock against Sydney Thunder.
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.
Colin Ingram is currently one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. In ten matches, he has amassed 258 runs at the strike rate of 128.80. But in the last three matches, he has not set himself for longer in the field and as a result, the side has also lost these matches. To have the upper hand against Sydney Thunder, Ingram needs to get a good sum of runs on board.
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 Canberra.
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 the last match, he scored 31 runs off 23 balls, striking two fours and two sixes.
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 two matches, Nathan Ellis has gone wicketless while also expensive. Against Sydney Thunder, he gave away 32 runs while could not add a wicket to his tally. He will look to bounce back stronger in the second meeting.
The vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes, Scott Boland, was too expensive against Sydney Thunder. He leaked 48 runs in his four overs quota. Moreover, he could not pick a wicket. Being the leading wicket-taker of the side, he will be disappointed with his own performance.
The 24-year-old Riley Meredith is the highest wicket-taker of the side. In nine matches, he has picked up 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.31. But in the last match, while defending a low target of 140 runs, he could not notch a wicket.
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 23 runs without picking a wicket.