About the Match
With 4 points in their kitty, Hobart Hurricanes are currently in the fifth position, and will host Melbourne Renegades, who have only 2 points and occupy the bottom of the table, on 7th Jan at Hobart for their next league match. Hurricanes recently defeated Brisbane Heat by 6 wickets, successfully chasing down 209 runs with one over to spare while the Renegades suffered a heavy blow with their humiliating 112-run defeat against the Stars in their last game. Both teams will come out stronger to take their campaign ahead; the side that can use the resources well and strategize to suit the conditions will surely have the upper hand to dominate the proceedings and emerge victorious.
Their lone victory till now came against Sydney Thunder as they chased 114 runs with ease after a terrific performance by the bowlers led by Pattinson and Russell; Siddle, Short, Rimmington and Bravo look to be in good form too and will be a deadly attack if they can strategize well against the Hurricanes. In that match, it was Finch’s 48 off 37 and a well-made 30 by Ferguson that took the team safely home with over six overs to spare; they must play to their strengths yet again and try to convert them into wins more often. However, their last match against the Stars ended in complete humiliation as they lost the contest by a massive 112 runs; chasing a target of 170 runs, the entire batting order collapsed like a pack of cards with Cooper being the only one to get to a double figure of 10. The good work of the bowlers was entirely wasted by the batsmen’s callous approach to the chase; before they knew it, the game was over by the 13th over itself. While the team needs to introspect and make amends before it’s too late, they also need to believe in their capabilities and bounce back stronger.
They won their previous game against Brisbane Heat with a massive display of their batting strength; Ben Dunk and Paine put up a 120-run opening stand while Hales and Bailey kept the chase in full speed, helping the team reach the target of 209 runs with one over to spare. Cameron Boyce’s 3-40 demolished the opponent’s middle order while Sammy, Reed and Mennie took regular wickets; the bowling squad looks strong and capable to throw a challenge to the most established of batsmen. However, against the Strikers, the team had not fared well, losing the match by 8 wickets after succumbing to 136 runs batting first; except for Hales and Wells, the others had not been able to put up much of a fight and it was a disappointing performance even by the bowlers. They have experience and talent on their side; they just need to stay focused and come out all guns blazing for this home match against the Renegades.
Though the Renegades will definitely put up a stiff challenge, trying to wash away the memories of their recent defeat, we feel that the Hurricanes with the home advantage and their batting strength will dominate the visitors and score another win here.
Hobart Hurricanes, 1.61 @ Bet365