About the Match
Hurricanes defeated Strikers in the last outing by 8 wickets and are placed in the 5th place with 4 points; the two teams will play in the reverse match at Adelaide on 6th January. The Strikers are in the seventh position with 2 points, and they will eager to avenge their previous defeat against the Hurricanes in the upcoming match. Although it’s the early stages of the competition, both sides will fight hard to garner two more points with a win on Friday.
Brad Hodge leads the side that consists of batsmen like Ben Dunk, Weatherald, Travis Head, Kieron Pollard and all-rounder Chris Jordan. The bowling squad consists of speedsters like Ben Laughlin, Jordan, Pollard, Michael Neser and Billy Stanlake while spinners Travis Head and Liam O’ Connor add variety to the attack.
Against the Sixers, Stanlake provided 3 breakthroughs giving away just 17 runs to help defend a lowly total of 152; he was supported well by Jordan and Laughlin, who took 2 wickets each while the spinners Head and O’ Connor took 3 wickets between them to get the opposition all out for just 104 on board. The batsmen had managed to build a good foundation batting first, with Hodge leading from the front with 36 off 29 while Dunk and Pollard kept the runs flowing with 37 off 20 and 29 runs respectively.
While batting first against Hurricanes, Hodge and Head fought well scoring 55 and 24 runs respectively while Dunk did well to post 31 off 17 coming in at No.2. The bowlers however, found it difficult to contain the opposition and failed to defend 143 runs. While Laughlin and Stanlake bowled economically, Head provided and important breakthrough but it was too late to win the match. They have many good resources with bat and ball; if they strategize well against Hurricanes, they surely can leverage the home advantage to emerge victorious here.
The top-order is in good form with players like Tim Paine, D’ Arcy Short, Sangakkara and Bailey consistently getting the runs on board. Middle-order batsmen Daniel Christian, Jonathan Wells and Hamish Kingston can build steady partnerships to keep the scoreboard ticking. Chasing 144 runs against Strikers was an easy task for them as Short top-scored with 60 off 39 deliveries while Paine and Sangakkara scored 41 and 22 runs respectively to win the match by the 18th over.
All-rounder Daniel Christian’s 5-14 against Strikers, which became the second-best figures in the history of BBL, demolished the opposition and helped restrict them to a lowly 143. Stuart Broad contributed well with 1-17 while spinner Clive Rose provided a breakthrough in the death overs. Medium pacer Simon Milenko took 2 wickets and brings depth to the attack along with others like Webster and Cameron Boyce.
Against Heat, the middle-order did well to post 173-runs batting first but the bowlers failed to impress and they lost the match by 7 wickets. Overall, they have an experienced batting and bowling squad that could try to repeat the winning performance against Strikers here.
Both sides have had a mixed run so far and will try to put their best foot forward on Friday in order to climb up the ladder; while Hurricanes have won the contest last time they met Strikers, we feel that Hurricanes with the in-form batting could exploit the favourable conditions to win away as well