Date & Time: Thursday, January 30, 14:10 IST
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Mammoth challenge awaits the Thunders as they go up against a super confident Hurricanes in the Eliminator
Hurricanes has been under a winning streak for three consecutive matches and will look to extend their luck against Thunders in the Eliminator. Hurricanes‘ batting unit has seen new heights in the last three matches, posting over a score of 180 in each of those. The biggest impetus for Hurricanes in the batting is their skipper Matthew Wade who has led the way with three successive half centuries.
Sydney Thunders in both the departments are lacking support and need to pull up their socks when they go up against the Hurricanes. In the batting department Alex Hales has been leading the way, but other batsmen have failed to contribute. The same has been the case while bowling, Daniel Sams lacks support.
Hobart Hurricanes Probable XI:
Matthew Wade (c), D Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Macalister Wright, David Miller, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Clive Rose, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmed, Scott Boland.
Sydney Thunders Probable XI:
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton (wk), Chris Tremain, Gurinder Sandhu, Jonathan Cook.
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval has been decent to bat on in the first innings. A score of over 175 has been scored in three of the four matches played here and in all those three, teams batting first have won. An average of 180 is scored in the first innings at Hobart this season.
Wade’s form in the recent times has been one of the major reasons that Hurricanes made it through to the Play-off stages. With three consecutive half centuries Wade has a PPM of 67.86 and an MDTA of 1.75 in this tournament, his PPM is the second best among the players from both the sides.
He has been the mainstay of Thunders batting with over 400 runs in this tournament. His tally of 449 runs is the second joint highest runs scored by a batsmen in BBL 2019-20. Hales has been one of the regulars in the points section in the fantasy league, his PPM of 48.85 is the best among Thunders batsmen and his MDTA of 1.44 implies how frequent he has been in the dream team.
Macalister Wright, in his few innings has shown glimpses of being a bright prospect for Hurricanes. He has bat in only three innings this season but has impressed everyone with two half centuries. No wonder that he is one of the rookies to consider in the fantasy team. His PPM of 59.75 and an MDTA of 1.33 is an indication of his awesome performances.
Just like how Hales has been in batting, Sams has been at the helm in the bowling department for Thunders. With 25 wickets to his name, he is the leading wicket taker in BBL 2019-20. Among the Thunders players, Sams has a PPM of 53.69 that is the best among all Thunders players this tour.
D’Arcy Short’s Big Bash form just doesn’t stop. He scored over 500 runs in 2017/18 and 2018/19 season of BBL, this season as well he has scored over 300 runs with a century amongst it. He tops the PPM list with 80.13 and an MDTA of 1.33 in this season of BBL.