Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder ended up, having pretty similar fates in the round-robin stage of the 2019-20 BBL. Both teams won six out of 14 matches with pretty identical net run rates. The sides would now be locking horns in the Eliminator on Thursday, January 30 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. In their previous meeting at the venue, the Hurricanes emerged victorious by 57 runs.
In fact, in Hobart, the Hurricanes have gotten the better of the Thunder six out of seven times. The Thunder started the tournament with a few wins, but their campaign fell away a tad in the middle. However, they managed to edge out Perth Scorchers for the fifth spot, who also had six wins. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, are brimming with confidence having won three on the trot.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hobart has been a decent one for batting thus far and a fairly high-scoring affair seems to be on the cards. But the team, batting first have gotten advantage as the chasing teams have lost three out of four matches. There are no chances of rain with the conditions being bright and sunny. The temperature will be around the 20 degrees Celsius mark with the humidity in the 70s and 80s.
The Hurricanes have replaced David Miller with Simon Milenko in their 13-man squad. Miller has returned to South Africa for national duties. Wade and Short will hold the key at the top of the order. McDermott has been in excellent form as well. Even Macalister has 144 runs at an average of 70. In bowling, Qais, Boland and Ellis have in excess of 10 wickets. Even Faulkner’s role will be key.
Matthew Wade (C), D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Macalister Wright, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, James Faulkner, Clive Rose, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland
The Thunder have roped in Brendan Doggett in place of Gurinder Sandhu. Alex Hales has 449 runs at 37.41. Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja have tended to strain a wee bit of late though. Alex Ross is in good rhythm, scoring 281 runs in the middle-order. Fast bowlers Chris Morris and Daniel Sams will hold the key in the bowling department. The duo has a combined tally of 40 wickets.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Jay Lenton (wk), Chris Tremain, Brendan Doggett, Jonathan Cook
Probable Top Performers
Matthew Wade – Hobart Hurricanes |Daniel Sams– Sydney Thunder
TV– Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings – 02:10 PM IST; 07:40 PM local time
The prediction is for Hobart Hurricanes to win the match.
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