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The Hobart Hurricanes have been brilliant in the Big Bash league this year and continued their unbeaten run with a win against Sydney Thunder. The Hobart Hurricanes sit at the top of BBL 08 right now with this win and are in excellent form coming into this match against the Perth Scorchers.
The Scorchers also managed to record their first win of the BBL against the Adelaide Strikers in their last match. That win leaves the Scorchers with one win from three matches but they are joined by three other teams at the same level.
The BBL season is still young and there is plenty of time for teams to get it right. Can the Perth Scorchers stop the Hobart Hurricanes juggernaut?
The Hobart Hurricanes were tested severely by Sydney Thunder in their last match. Their bowling went for plenty of runs and their fielding was terrible. There were plenty of chances missed and they eventually ended up conceding 193 runs.
Thankfully for the Hurricanes, their batting saved them once again. Darcy Short continued his dream run and added another fifty to his name in the BBL. He is the early leader of the run scorer’s tally and it looks like he is going to be very tough to catch.
The star of this chase, though, was Mathew Wade. He smashed 85 runs off just 49 deliveries, his highest BBL score, and led the Hurricanes to victory.
The opening partnership of 120 and contributions by everyone that followed ensured that the Hobart Hurricanes reeled down this total in the last over.
The Hobart Hurricanes appear to have the strongest batting order in the Big Bash League at this point in time. They are going to be up against an excellent bowling attack which has tasted success in its last outing as well.
The contest promises to be an exciting one but we definitely think the challenge in front of the Hobart Hurricanes is going to be very different. Sydney Thunder’s bowling attack is dominated by spin while the Perth Scorchers have some world class fast men in its attack.
The form of the Hobart Hurricanes should not be taken lightly. We really liked the fact that the side was not afraid to change up the batting order and send in the appropriate player for the situation. That shows confidence and fearlessness in the side.
The Hobart Hurricanes bowling will have to better in the upcoming match against the Perth Scorchers. Jofra Archer had a rare bad day and most other bowlers went for some runs as well. The quality in the bowling attack is undeniable, though. Clive Rose was very good, Meredith has raw pace, and Faulkner is bowling quite well too.
D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, GJ Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Chioke Archer, Clive Rose, Riley Meredith.
The Perth Scorchers are going to have a tough time trying to get the better of the Hobart Hurricanes in away from home. It is fair to say that the Perth Scorchers have not been at their best in the Big Bash League so far.
Their batting has been pretty weak and was not tested in the victory against the Adelaide Strikers either. Michael Klinger has not been at his best but Josh Inglis was quite impressive in the last match.
Cameron Bancroft is scheduled to make a very closely watched return to competitive cricket in this match and we expect him to slot in at number 3 straight away. There is no doubt that the return of Cameron Bancroft to the side will make the Perth Scorchers stronger but it remains to be seen what the effect the long layoff has had on him.
Ashton Turner remains the heart and soul of this batting in our opinion while Hilton Cartwright is a dangerous player as well. On current form, the Perth Scorchers look a little outgunned by the Hobart Hurricanes in the batting department but that does not mean they should be counted out completely.
It is the bowling where the Perth Scorchers really shine.
Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff ran through the Adelaide Strikers in the last match and showed how dangerous they can be. These two Australian international players have Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar, and David Willey for company in the bowling attack, all of whom are current international players as well.
The strength of the bowling is what made the Perth Scorchers such a tough team to beat in the first place and that is bound to continue in BBL 08 as well.
M Klinger, William Bosisto, Hilton Cartwright, AJ Turner, CT Bancroft, Ashton Agar, David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, AJ Tye, Jason Behrendorff.
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The BBL match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers is going to be played at the University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston. It is a small ground as compared to what the players are used to and the pitch can be quite dodgy.
We expect some uneven bounce to make scoring difficult.
The uncertain nature of the pitch makes this match quite delicately poised. The Perth Scorchers have the bowlers to neutralize the strong Hobart Hurricanes batting on any surface but could be quite lethal on an uneven pitch. Similarly, the Hobart Hurricanes could just go through an under-performing Perth Scorchers batting lineup as well. Winning the toss is going to be very important in this match.
With so much uncertainty around, it makes sense to back the underdog in this contest and hope for the best.
Back the Perth Scorchers to win.
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