The 4th game of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20 will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers at the Traeger Park in Alice Springs.
The match starts at 1:15 PM local time (3:45 AM GMT) (9:15 AM IST)
This game can be viewed on Sony Six SD and Sony Six HD in India. Live streaming available on Sony Liv.
Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers, the last season’s semi-finalists, will clash off on Friday afternoon in Alice Springs. Hurricanes were the table-toppers last time before getting knocked out in the semis. Ben McDermott will be taking up the captaincy responsibilities from George Bailey. The veteran batsman is now the Australian team selector but will be representing the Hurricanes. Sixers, on the other hand, began the 2019/20 season with a big win. They defeated the Perth Scorchers by 8 wickets in the game on Wednesday as they chased down the target of 132 in only 15 overs. Josh Philippe starred with a 44-ball 81 in the small chase.
The Alice Springs is expected to be under high temperatures on Friday and no rain is expected during match timings despite cloudy weather.
The Traeger Park in Alice Springs will be on the slower side considering how it played during the last season. Adelaide Strikers played here last season against Perth Scorchers where they posted 112 while batting first. The Scorchers needed 18.2 overs for chasing it down. Both the WBBL played in the 2018-19 season were also low-scoring ones. Slow bowlers and medium pacers were in demand last year at this venue.
Average first innings score: 112 (BBL matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (C), George Bailey, David Miller, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith, Clive Rose.
Bench – Tom Rogers, Mac Wright.
Josh Philippe (WK), Dan Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti, Steve O’Keefe.
Bench – Mickey Edwards, Lloyd Pope.
D’Arcy Short is going to be extremely crucial in the fantasy team considering how he performed on a slow track in Chester-le-Street for Durham during the T20 Blast. The all-rounder picked wickets regularly alongside showing consistency with the bat. James Faulkner also performed well for the Lancashire in the T20 Blast. He was amongst wickets since the last BBL and also been scoring runs when required. Tom Curran has taken 48 wickets at a strike rate of 14.8 in the Twenty20 format in 2019. He started the season with a 3-wicket haul. Josh Philippe is good at scoring runs at a good pace irrespective of the wicket he bats on.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – D’Arcy Short, Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Tom Curran
Vice-Captain – James Vince, James Faulkner, Sean Abbott, Nathan Ellis
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe
Batters – George Bailey, Dan Hughes, James Vince
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (C), Tom Curran (VC), James Faulkner
Bowlers – Ben Dwarshuis, Riley Meredith, Steve O’Keefe
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Ben McDermott, Josh Philippe (VC)
Batters – Caleb Jewell, David Miller, James Vince
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (C), Moises Henriques, Tom Curran
Bowlers – Ben Manenti, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose
The Alice Springs is expected to be on the slower side on Friday which means slow bowlers on both the sides will be in demand. Alongside the spinners, Tom Curran and James Faulkner are expected to be among wickets due to their variations on slow tracks.
Sydney Sixers are expected to register their 2nd straight win of the season.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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