The Hobart Hurricanes got off to a stupendous start, beating the 2019-20 BBL champions Sydney Sixers by 16 runs. The team, captained by Peter Handscomb set a reasonable target of 179, which turned out to be a bridge too far for the Sixers, who were restricted to 162.
The Hurricanes will next be up against the Adelaide Strikers in the first of Sunday’s doubleheader at the Bellerive Oval. Despite the win, the Hurricanes have revamped their squad, adding David Moody and Will Parker to their earlier 14-man squad.
The Strikers, on the other hand, have added four players, namely Matt Renshaw, Danny Briggs, Daniel Worrall and Ryan Gibson, who all are yet to play for them. On head-to-head count, the Strikers are 8-5 ahead. But at the Bellerive Oval, the Hurricanes have a 2-1 lead.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Hobart was a decent one for batting in Thursday’s match. The batters were able to play their shots on the up. The deck also had something for the bowlers, especially for the fast bowlers.
It might assist the spinners a bit more since it’s a day game. The playing conditions will be pleasant with the temperature around 19 degrees Celsius. The humidity won’t be high with the numbers in the 50s.
168 (in unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 19; Lost – 21
Playing Combinations for STR vs HUR
Jakes Weatherald, Matt Short, Matt Renshaw, Jon Wells, Harry Nielsen (WK), Cameron Valente, Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle (C), Wes Agar, Danny Briggs, Daniel Worrall
Bench- Ryan Gibson, Phil Salt
Will Jacks, D’Arcy Short, Colin Ingram, Peter Handscomb (C and WK), Macalister Wright, Tim David, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Johan Botha, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith
Bench- Caleb Jewell, Nick Winter, Charlie Wakim, David Moody, Will Parker
Probable Top Performers for STR vs HUR
Rashid Khan– Adelaide Strikers
Rashid Khan has weaved magic in tournaments around the globe. Even in the BBL, he has shown his class. In 40 matches, the youngster has picked up 56 wickets at an economy rate of 6.37.
Not to forget the utility he brings in with the bat in hand. Rashid has 253 runs in the BBL at an incredible strike-rate of 161.15. It includes a total of 40 and as many as 17 sixes to show for his efforts.
D’Arcy Short– Hobart Hurricanes
D’Arcy Short is the all-time leading run-scorer for the Hurricanes in the BBL, having scored 1764 runs at an average and strike-rate of 45.23 and 143.18 respectively.
He had a decent outing against India and that should keep him in good stead. However, he got out for a duck last time around against the Sixers and would be keen to make amends. Not to forget that he is more than with his leg-spin.
Match timings – 2:10 PM local time, 08:40 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.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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