About the Match
The Hurricanes lost their last game against Adelaide Strikers by 5 wickets and they are currently placed 5th with 4 points; they will take on Sydney Thunder, who won their maiden game by defeating Stars by 6 wickets, on 8th January at Hobart. Thunder had been on a winless streak, but their recent win would pump up their morale for the upcoming game and they have lots of ground to cover being at the bottom of the table with just 2 points. Hurricanes, on the other hand, have won two games but they need to make a comeback here. It needs to be seen which side can keep a cool head above their shoulders and win the match on Sunday.
Hard-hitters D’ Arcy Short, Sangakkara, and Bailey couldn’t impress with the bat against Strikers and the team could muster only 161 runs thanks to Jonathan Wells and Webster, who scored 55 and 67 runs respectively from the middle. Speedster Daniel Christian, who has been consistently performing well, claimed 2-24 while Stuart Broad took 2 wickets to try and contain the opposition. However, they couldn’t stop Ben Dunk from hitting the winning runs.
Against the same opponent in the previous game, the Hurricanes restricted the Strikers to lowly 143 thanks to a superb 5-14 by Christian and a good spell by paceman Broad and spinner Clive Rose. Short and Paine partnered to post a 105-run opening stand and with help from Sangakkara, they steered the team across the finish line with ease.
They have an in-form batting outfit with players like Paine, Sangakkara, Short and George Bailey while the bowling unit has a good mix of pace and spin that can keep a check on the Thunders.
In a must-win game against Melbourne Stars, the batsmen fought hard to keep their campaign alive; Eoin Morgan led the chase for 167 with a spectacular 71 off 50 and helped them win their maiden game this season. Earlier, Shane Watson used his bowling skills to stifle the opponents taking 3-23 while spinners Chris Green and Fawad Ahmed took 2 wickets apiece to restrict Stars to 166. This victory has surely boosted their morale and they will try to repeat the winning performance yet again.
Against Scorchers, the batsmen faltered during the chase for 178 with the top-order falling like a pack of cards; Cummins played a useful knock by scoring 39 off 26 but his lone battle wasn’t enough to make a turnaround and they lost the match by 50 runs.
The team has speedsters like Clink McKay, Pat Cummins, Andre Russell and the all-rounder Shane Watson, who can try to demolish the Hurricanes batsmen. Spinners Chris Green and Fawad Ahmed have been performing well and add depth to the attack. With a batting line-up that consists of experienced players like Watson, Morgan, Russell and Ben Rohrer, the Thunder could focus on building strong partnerships whether batting first or during a chase.
The Hurricanes desperately need a win now to start climbing up the ladder and although they have the home advantage, they will cautiously strategize against Thunder, who have recently won their first game and will be hungry for more victories. While the batting strength is equally matched between the two teams, we feel that Hurricanes with their in-form pace attack are better placed to emerge victorious on Sunday