About the Match
The Hobart Hurricanes will host the undefeated Adelaide Strikers at home in this intriguing Big Bash League 2017/18 clash. The Hurricanes finally won their first match of the tournament against the Sydney Thunder and will want to continue their climb up the table. The Strikers, on the other hand, have not put a foot wrong and seem to be going from strength to strength.
The Hurricanes boast of a pretty decent squad and were the dark horses for many before the start of the BBL. They have plenty of power throughout their batting lineup and that was finally on display in their last match. Darcy Short played an unbelievable inning of 97 that was studded with four sixes to help his team reach a total of 189.
He was helped by a good inning of 49 not out from Ben McDermott. These two batsmen are easily among the most exciting young talent that Australia has coming through in the limited overs game.
The Hurricanes also made the interesting choice of promoting Mathew Wade up the order to try and counter the spin from the Thunder. Whether they do the same in this match remains to be seen but it is not something that seems like a terrible idea.
With the likes of Dan Christian, George Bailey, Alex Doolan also in the lineup, this Hobart Hurricanes team is seeming like a very strong batting lineup. We think Short could use the BBL to catapult himself into the national reckoning with just a couple of innings similar the one he played in the last match.
The Hurricanes have gone full pelt backing extreme pace and it seems to be paying off. Jofra Archer and Tymal Mills are both capable of reaching speeds of up to 145km/h but also maintain an excellent line while doing it.
They are currently among the most economical bowlers of the tournament and extremely difficult to get away. If the batsmen can continue to provide this set of bowlers runs to defend, the Hobart Hurricanes will be very difficult to beat.
The Adelaide Strikers have been the team of the tournament so far. They have taken the template set by the Perth Scorchers and used it to reset their team composition. The result is that the Strikers are currently unbeaten after three matches and will go to the top of the table if they can win this match.
Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Ben Laughlin, and now Michael Neser are an excellent bowling lineup and can rival the best in this league. The addition of Rashid Kahn to the team has had an immediate impact and is actually helping the other bowlers take wickets as well.
Teams try to play Rashid out because he bows at a speed that is very difficult to get under and then target the other bowlers. Laughlin, someone who is adept at bowling in the death, has made the most of this by picking up 9 wickets in the tournament already.
The only issue that we have with the Adelaide Strikers lineup is that they do not have the batting depth that some of the other teams possess. Alex Carey is having an excellent tournament but Travis Head, Jake Weatherald, and Colin Ingram have not yet started to score the amount of runs expected from them.
They were saved by a cameo from Michael Neser in the last match against the Sydney Sixers but that is not something they can depend on.
If the Strikers have to chase down a large total or suffer another collapse, we feel they could find the going quite tough.
Pitch and Conditions
A cloudy day has been forecast for the match day but the rain should stay away. The pitch at Bellerive Oval is always excellent for batting and we expect there to be a fair amount of bounce in the pitch as well. A high scoring game is likely to be seen and one where the spinners may struggle to have an impact.
The Strikers have beaten the Hurricanes in 5 out of the last six completed matches that they have played against each other. Going into this match there is no doubt that the Strikers are the favorites to win this match but we recommend backing the underdog in this one.
Back the Hobart Hurricanes to win