About the Match
Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder have been on a losing streak this BBL season and now the two teams will meet each other for the 11th Match at Launceston on 30th December. While Hurricanes are at the bottom of the table with zero points, Sydney Thunder stands 5th with 2 points in the bag. While Hurricanes suffered defeat against Melbourne Renegades in their opening match by 7 wickets, Sydney Thunder failed to conquer Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers in their recent outings. Both sides will try to finish this year on a high with a much-needed win, and improve their rankings on the table.
The batsmen did their best to post 164 runs batting first against the Renegades; however, the opponents proved to be difficult to outwit by the bowlers despite a brilliant show by Windies pacer Jofra Archer, who took 2-17 in 4 overs. Other bowlers like Cameron Boyce, Daniel Christian, D’Arcy Short and Aaron Summers failed to impress and gave away too many runs, leading to a 7-wicket loss.
Earlier, top-order batsmen D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott posted 34 runs each to build a good foundation while Alex Doolan, captain George Bailey, and Daniel Christian tried to stabilize the innings with 20+ runs each but couldn’t come out all guns blazing with the bat. They have a deep batting unit with players like Matthew Wade, Boyce and Christian in the middle order, who could help keep the scoreboard ticking in the upcoming match.
They have experienced speedsters in the squad as well as proven batsmen; the Hurricanes have played only one game till now, and they will try to make amends here with a win.
They failed to defend 149 runs against Brisbane Heat after their game was affected by rain and overs reduced to 17; captain Shane Watson top-scored with 56 off 34 while Callum Ferguson and Jos Buttler did well to score 37 and 23 runs respectively. Pacer Mitchell McClenaghan took 2-45 while Watson dismissed one wicket. Spinner Arjun Nair claimed 1-19 but they couldn’t defend 149, losing the match by 6 wickets through DLS method.
Chasing 164 against Adelaide Strikers, Kurtis Patterson posted a superb 48 off 37 but others like Jos Buttler, Ryan Gibson, Watson and Aiden Blizzard failed to impress with the bat and they lost the match by a humiliating 53 runs. Earlier, spinner Arjun Nair took a stupendous 3-36 while Mitchell McClenaghan continued with his wicket-taking abilities, dismissing 2 batsmen and helping restrict the Strikers to 163.
In the opening game of the season, the Thunder batsmen successfully chased down 150 runs thanks to a brilliant 77 off 46 by captain Watson and a well-made 29 by Patterson. The bowlers did well to restrict the opponents to 149, after a 2-wicket haul each by Nair, McClenaghan and spinner Fawad Ahmed. They have good resources to make a comeback here against Hurricanes and improve their position on the table.
Sydney Thunder has experienced players in its batting and bowling units, who could return to form here and help them conquer Hurricanes, who haven’t yet won a game. The contest could go down to the wire but we feel that Sydney Thunder with its well-balanced bowling attack is better placed to win.