About the Match
With 11 points on the board from four matches, Queensland is positioned third on the points table and will now take on Victoria, which has only 3.5 points and placed fifth, on 14th Oct at Sydney. As the competition heats up, both sides will need to perform well to better their chances of keeping their hopes alive. Losing the last match against NSW by 5 wickets, the Victoria batsmen played well but the bowlers couldn’t defend the total of 293 runs; on the other hand, Queensland won big against South Australia by 94 runs after setting a target of a massive 351 runs batting first. It will be interesting to see which side can survive the pressure and emerge victorious on Tuesday.
Burns, Forrest and Reardon are in very good form with the bat as they set up a huge target batting first against South Australia on Sunday; while Burns and Forrest put up a 113-run stand for the 3rd wicket, Forrest and Reardon looked unconquerable as they went on to post a 133-run partnership for the 4th wicket, taking the score to 351 runs. With Burns scoring a run-a-ball 115, his skills will be an asset in the upcoming matches whereas Forrest and Reardon are very strong in the middle order. Khawaja opens well with Hartley, being consistent with the bat; Hartley had scored a good half-century against NSW in the previous game but couldn’t repeat his performance in the last game, getting out for a duck against Tait. They will have to be cautious and help to build a solid foundation in the top order whether batting first or chasing a target. The bowlers are on fire as they continuously help the team defend totals; Peter George claimed 3 wickets against NSW and a whopping 5 wickets against SA giving away just 39 runs, with Milenko taking 2 wickets and being helped by Cutting, Hopes and Boyce, who contributed with a wicket each. Feldman is also in good from and along with George and other bowlers can make a dreadful squad against any opponent.
Cameron White played a brilliant innings, scoring 107 runs off just 84 balls, blasting away 6 fours and 8 sixes and along with Stoinis, who scored a well-made 50 off 50 balls, set up a 101 run partnership for the 5th wicket to steer the total to a good 293 runs. The openers played an important role as well as they started off with a 80-run opening stand; however, the bowlers couldn’t step up and defend the score with Hastings and Boland able to take only a wicket each and others except McKay, who gave away only 12 runs in 7 overs, hardly making a dent. In the last match against Tasmania, it was the batsmen who had failed to perform whereas bowlers Boland and McKay had taken 5 wickets between them. They will have to play as a team and give an all-round effort here if they want to keep their campaign alive.
While the contest will go down to the wire with both teams trying to excel with their strengths, we feel that Queensland with consecutive wins has a definite psychological advantage here and is better placed to emerge victorious.
Queensland, 1.72 @ TitanBet