About the Match
With 6 points in their bag, Hurricanes are placed in the 5th spot and will host Scorchers, who are presently in the 2nd position with 8 points, in the upcoming match at Hobart on 10th January. While Hurricanes lost their last match against Stars, the Scorchers bounced back with a win against Thunder in their last outing. The hosts need a win here to climb up the ladder and keep their hopes alive; on the other hand, Scorchers who had been reigning in the top position but slipped down recently, will be eager to register another win here and push themselves higher up the table. The contest will be tough and the side that can put up an all-round performance will emerge victorious here on Sunday.
They have suffered two consecutive defeats in their recent outings, one against Melbourne Stars and the other against the Renegades. Against Stars, the batsmen and bowlers put up a dismal show and couldn’t defend the lowly total of 124 runs, losing the match by 8 wickets with 5 overs to spare. Players like Tim Paine, Sangakkara and Daniel Christian failed to impress with the bat while the bowlers couldn’t make a dent on the opposition.
Against Renegades too, the batting line-up could only post 140 runs on board, which was not enough for the bowlers to defend despite Boyce and Rainbird making an impact with 5 wickets between them at regular intervals. They have a talented team but need to start excelling in all departments of the game if they want to make a comeback here.
Sangakkara and Bailey are strong experienced players who need to guide the team to competitive totals if batting first or during chase; with players like Paine, Dunk, Christian and all-rounder Sammy in the team, Hurricanes can surely use the home advantage on Sunday to win the match.
Batting first against Thunder, they suffered a few setbacks with Klinger and Harris getting out quickly within the 2nd over; Marsh contributed well with 28 runs but after his dismissal, the pressure was on them. Bancroft and Agar partnered well and posted a 105-run stand for the 4th wicket to take the total to 175 runs, which was defended well by Behrendorff and Tye, who took 3 wickets apiece and Hogg and Paris, who took 3 wickets between them to win the match by 30 runs.
However, their previous match against Strikers ended in defeat by 36 runs as they failed to chase 175 runs; Marsh, Harris, Klinger and the others in the batting line-up crumbled under pressure and they were all-out for just 138 runs by the 18th over. Earlier, the bowlers put up a lacklustre performance as they gave away too many easy runs and couldn’t get regular breakthroughs.
They have a strong batting line-up wherein Klinger, Marsh and Harris performed well in the earlier matches but need to pull up their socks now; with Bancroft and Agar putting up an impressive show in the last game, the middle order looks well placed to take on challenges in the upcoming match.
Although Hurricanes have the home advantage and some stalwarts in their batting line-up, who can put up a fierce fight, we feel that Scorchers who have consistently performed well under pressure situations have a better chance to emerge victorious here on Sunday