About the Match
The Hurricanes bounced back with a win against Renegades playing away from home; they have 6 points and are placed 7th on the table and will now take on Scorchers in their last league match of the season at Hobart on 21st January. The Scorchers are in the 3rd place with 8 points but need to win this game on Saturday to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Both teams will fight hard to take their campaign ahead although the chances for the hosts to qualify looks bleak right now on the basis of net run rate. It needs to be seen if the Hurricanes can make a last ditch effort with a big win here.
Ben McDermott put up a sensational 114 off just 52 deliveries to help the team chase down a gigantic target of 223 against the Renegades; George Bailey supported well at the other end with a 59 off 42 and they steered the team to victory just in the nick of time. Earlier, the bowlers had failed to put up a disciplined effort and gave away too many runs with Reed, Rainbird and D’ Arcy Short going for more than 12 runs per over.
Against the Thunders, George Bailey posted a superb 69 off 54 that helped them get to a modest 161; McDermott scored 31 before getting run-out while others like Christian and Wells contributed well. Spinner Cameron Boyce did a good job taking 2-28 while paceman Stuart Broad was the most economical with 1-23; however, it was an uphill climb to defend 161 they lost the match by 6 wickets.
It is a do or die situation for the hosts and they will leave no stone unturned to try and make it through; they have experienced bowlers and batsmen, who could up their ante to stun the Scorchers here.
The top-order batsmen put up a dismal effort against the Stars batting first, and were all dismissed for single digits; the tail enders bore the burden of scoring the runs with Andrew Tye topping the innings with a well-made 42 while Agar, Bresnan and Turner kept the scoreboard ticking. However, they could muster only 134 runs in the end, which they failed to defend despite a good show by speedsters Richardson and Bresnan. Spinner Ashton Agar and the experienced fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson tried to stifle the opponents but they lost the match by 7 wickets in the end.
Against Brisbane Heat, Klinger came out with all his fire power, scoring 81 off 54 but the others couldn’t impress enough; however, the bowlers put up a stellar effort in defending 156 with speedster Andrew Tye being the most successful with a 4-wicket haul. Fast-bowlers like Mitchell Johnson, Jhye Richardson and Tim Bresnan took 2 scalps each to restrict the opposition and help win the match by 27 runs.
They have done well to make it to the top half of the table so far, and they could post a stiff challenge here to the Hurricanes in order to reserve a berth in the semi-finals.
The Scorchers have performed better than Hurricanes during the league but they hardly have any room for error here with other teams gunning for a place in the top-four. The hosts could perform well to the delight of their fans but, Scorchers could shine yet again with bat and ball. We feel that Hobart Hurricanes will post a much-needed victory here