Hobart Hurricanes started their BBL 2020-21 campaign with a couple of resounding wins. But then, Peter Handscomb and Co went down to the Adelaide Strikers at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston where they don’t quite have a great record.
However, the fact that the Hurricanes would return to the Bellerive Oval for the next game against Melbourne Renegades should give them confidence. On head-to-head count, the Renegades are leading the Hurricanes by 6-5. Even in Hobart, the Renegades have gotten the better of the Hurricanes four out of seven times.
However, Aaron Finch’s men haven’t looked at their best, especially after their 145-run loss at the hands of Sydney Sixers. The Renegades would also wish to improve their net run rate, which is currently at a dismal -3.142.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hobart has been a decent one for batting in the four matches played thus far. But it goes without saying that the team, batting first has had a fair amount of advantage. Scores over 160 can be tough to chase down.
The playing conditions will be cloudy with seven per cent chances of rain. The temperature would be around 15 degrees Celsius with the humidity mostly in the low-40s.
Average first-innings score
172 (4 unaffected matches in BBL 2020-21)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 1; Lost – 3
Playing Combinations for HUR vs REN
D’Arcy Short, Will Jacks, Ben McDermott (WK), Peter Handscomb (C), Colin Ingram, Tim David, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis/Keemo Paul, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Johan Botha
Bench– Nick Winter, David Moody, Will Parker, Charlie Wakim, Mitch Owen, Macalister Wright, Nathan Ellis/Keemo Paul
Shaun Marsh (C), Sam Harper (WK), Rilee Rossouw, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Josh Lalor, Peter Hatzoglou, Jon Holland
Bench– Mackenzie Harvey, Jack Prestwidge, Zak Evans, Noor Ahmad, Mitchell Perry, Brody Couch, Noor Ahmad
Probable Top Performers for HUR vs REN
James Faulkner– Hobart Hurricanes
James Faulkner has been the standout player for the Hurricanes in the tournament. Not only has he picked up seven wickets, but he also has the best economy rate of 6.50 among his teammates.
His slower deliveries have been hard to gauge for the batsmen. And he has tasted success both while bowling in the powerplay and at the death. Not to forget that he can hit the long ball as well.
Shaun Marsh– Melbourne Renegades
Shaun Marsh played a match-winning hand against Perth Scorchers to start his campaign. But then he failed to perform against the Sixers, getting out for a mere 13 runs.
In the next game, the Renegades won’t be having the services of Aaron Finch and hence, Marsh’s role with the bat will be that much more important. It remains to be seen how he steps up to the platform and deliver.
Match timings – 11:10 AM local time, 05:40 AM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Hobart Hurricanes to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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