About the Match
Presently in the 3rd position with 16 points from five matches, Queensland will go up against Tasmania, which has 7 points and currently placed fourth on the table, on 18th Oct at Sydney. Having defeated Victoria by a massive 116 runs in the last match, Queensland is emerging to be a strong contender for the top slot and will give a tough challenge to Tasmania, who had suffered a narrow defeat against Western Australia on Monday. It will be interesting to see which side can play to its strengths and emerge victorious to climb up the ladder.
It was sheer dominance by the Queensland batsmen over the Victoria bowlers as they smashed away fours and sixes to put up a stiff target of 373 runs for the opponents after being put to bat first; Khawaja and Hartley put up a herculean 185-run opening stand to give a huge thrust to their innings and look very strong in the top order with both batsmen scoring 80+ runs individually. Burns, Forrest and Reardon also played a special innings as they put their head down and got to work, taking the total to a massive 372, and are a great asset in the middle order. In the bowling department, Ben Cutting played very well achieving a figure of 4-63 and Milenko claimed 3 wickets against Victoria to steer the team towards victory with Boyce and Hopes giving ample support. In the previous game against South Australia too, it was the batsmen who dominated the opponents and putting up a huge total of 351 runs thanks to Burns’ knock of a run-a-ball 115; Forrest and Reardon continue to look good in the middle and Khawaja and Hartley’s partnership can demolish the hopes of any opponent. Peter George, who had taken 5 wickets in that game couldn’t repeat his charm against Victoria, but can be demolishing to thwart the batting efforts of the strongest of teams.
Their previous defeat against Western Australia must have taught them some bitter lessons with respect to their batting efforts and they might be eager to do well in the upcoming match since today’s game was affected due to rain. Opting to field first, they had successfully restricted WA to 268 runs, with help from Gulbis who took 3-45 and Fekete who took 2-43; Rainbird and Kingston had claimed 3 wickets between them and they all look in good shape to perform well again. However, the batsmen couldn’t live up to the expectations and failed to achieve the target, with Paine and Dunk struggling to get the runs on-board. Ed Cowan played well, posting a 76 off 79 balls but hardly found any support at the other end; Silk’s efforts of scoring 36 runs was not enough to get them through and they lost by 28 runs. In the last game too, they had suffered defeat against WA by 7 wickets, getting humiliated with their 62 all-out by the 24th over; their batting worries will come to haunt them again but they need to keep a positive attitude and pull through if they want to keep their hopes alive.
While Tasmania is waiting in the wings to rise above its weaknesses and give a tremendous performance, Queensland is on a winning spree and looks strong to come out victorious here.
Queensland, 1.61 @ TitanBet