Perth Scorchers started the ongoing edition of the cash-rich Big Bash League with nothing from their first four matches. However, the team, captained by Ashton Turner, are on a four-match winning streak and are climbing the ladder, slowly, but surely.
Though they are placed fifth, they have momentum on their side. Their net run rate of 0.816 is a big positive thing to look up to as well. Their next match is against Hobart Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 12 at the Perth Stadium. The Scorchers would want to sign off playing at home with a victory.
On head-to-head, the Scorchers lead the Hurricanes by 7-6, but at the Perth Stadium, the Hurricanes are unbeaten after three games. Hobart are on the top half of the table but are a bit down on confidence after losing their last two matches.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the venue has been a belter for batting. In the first four games at the ground, the average first innings score suggests that the bowlers won’t be having much room for error.
All four matches were won by the team, batting first and hence, chasing may be avoided. The temperature will be around 28 degrees Celsius with the humidity in the mid-30s. The sun will be shining bright.
Average first-innings score
180 (4 unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 0; Lost – 4
Playing Combinations for SCO vs HUR
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Colin Munro, Josh Inglis (WK), Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner (C), Aaron Hardie, Jhye Richardson, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Fawad Ahmed
Bench– Joel Paris, Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Kelly, Kurtis Patterson, Corey Rocchiccioli
Ben McDermott (WK), D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb (C), Colin Ingram, Tim David, Macalister Wright, Nathan Ellis, Nick Winter, Scott Boland
Bench– David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Will Parker, Riley Meredith, Johan Botha
Probable Top Performers for SCO vs HUR
Colin Munro– Perth Scorchers
Colin Munro is currently the leading run-scorer for the Scorchers in the tournament. The left-hander started opening the batting, but after the arrival of Jason Roy, he’s batting in the middle order.
In eight matches, he has notched 237 runs at an average and strike-rate of 29.62 and 130.93 respectively. The southpaw has three half-centuries to show for his efforts and he would be keen for another decent knock.
Ben McDermott– Hobart Hurricanes
Ben McDermott has simply been outstanding for the Hurricanes in the tournament. In seven matches, the right-handed batsman has 299 runs at an average and strike-rate of 139.06 respectively.
He has a top score of 91 and he’s high on confidence. The Hurricanes are on a two-match losing streak and his team would be hoping for their premier batter to fire on all cylinders.
Match timings – 04:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for the team, batting first 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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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