The shimmer of BBL 2019-20 continues with another enthralling encounter as Hobart Hurricanes lock horns with Adelaide Strikers in Match 43 of the tournament.
Hobart Hurricanes have registered three wins out of ten in the competition and have amassed just six points. The Matthew Wade-led side is currently sitting seventh in the points table. Their previous encounter against Sydney Sixers was a rain-marred clash as no result was achieved in the match. As the tournament is progressing towards its culmination, Hobart Hurricanes will be eager to climb up into the top half of the table.
Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, are sitting third in the points table by registering five wins in ten matches so far. Strikers have gathered 11 points and are just two points behind the second-ranked Sydney Sixers. In their previous match against Brisbane Heat, Strikers cruised to a thumping ten-wicket victory after dismantling Heat’s batting line-up on the score of 100 runs.
Liam O Connor was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets in the match. He was assisted by Michael Neser (2) and Wes Agar (2). Coming into the run chase, the opening duo of Salt and Weatherald smashed 67 and 33 respectively to guide Strikers to the target. The Chris Lynn-led side will be eager to contest for the second spot in the points table.
Pitch and Conditions
Aurora Stadium has hosted only a single match so far in the tournament. The previous match at this venue was a rain-marred encounter where Melbourne Stars emerged victorious by 4 runs (DLS method). The temperature is expected to hover around 27 degrees Celcius according to Accuweather, with the weather being partly cloudly.
There are slim chances of a shower to intervene in the match. The chasing side has been triumphant thrice in four T20 domestic matches at the venue and the average score for the team batting first is 128.
Matthew Wade and Caleb Jewell are expected to propel Hurricanes to a flying start. George Bailey has also delivered impressive performances for Hurricanes this season. David Miller, who has failed to leave his mark in BBL 2019-20, will be eager to produce an explosive knock. Hurricanes bowling attack will be steered by Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland and Clive Rose.
Predicted XI: George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c), Caleb Jewell, David Miller, Jake Doran, Ben McDermott (wk), Thomas Rogers, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad
Strikers bowling force showed a brilliant bowling performance in their previous match against Brisbane Heat. Strikers’ bowling unit will be steered by the likes of Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan. Peter Siddle has been impressive in the death overs while Rashid Khan has garnered much attention due by contributing in the batting department as well. Wes Agar, Liam O Connor and Michael Neser had also delivered match-winning bowling performance against Brisbane Heat.
Predicted XI: Liam O Connor, Jonathan Wells, Travis Head (c), Matthew Short, Harry Nielsen (wk), Philip Salt, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald, Wes Agar, Michael Neser, Peter Siddle,
Probable Top Performers
George Bailey–Hobart Hurricanes | Rashid Khan– Adelaide Strikers
TV– Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings – 9:15 AM IST; 2:45 PM local time
The prediction is for the Adelaide Strikers to win the match.
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