About the Match
The Perth Scorchers will be taking on the Hobart Hurricanes in a match that is crucial for both teams. The Scorchers have more or less booked their berth in the knockouts already but still need one victory out of their remaining two matches to be sure. The Hurricanes find themselves needing two wins out of two to be absolutely certain of making the knockouts otherwise they will be at the mercy of other results going their way.
The last match that the Perth Scorchers played was on a poor pitch at Alice Springs where their bowlers demolished the Adelaide Strikers. It is not a match that should matter much to both teams since the toss played a very major role.
This match against the Hobart Hurricanes is going to be a completely different kettle of fish as the Scorchers bowling faces up to one of the best batting lineups in the tournament.
The Perth Scorchers also have a stronger batting lineup for this game which makes this contest even more intriguing. Shaun Marsh is expected to be back at the opening position for the Scorchers while Cameron Bancroft has already added muscle to their middle order. With the likes of Cartwright, Klinger, Turner, and Agar also in the side, the Perth Scorchers have possibly their best batting lineup in the tournament so far.
This change in the team’s composition comes with a downside as well. Andrew Tye and Jhye Richardson join the army of Scorchers players that are missing from this tournament. The Scorchers bowling which has stood up to scrutiny so well in this tournament will now require the likes of Tim Bresnan, Joel Paris, and Mitchell Johnson to carry the torch.
While the Scorchers may have lost some of their best bowlers, the gain in their batting strength makes their team more balanced and frankly more dangerous than they have been in this tournament.
A loss to the Adelaide Strikers finally ended the Hurricanes winning streak. Their poor start to the tournament, however, means that the Hurricanes must get back to winning ways immediately. They need to win both their remaining matches to be sure of qualifying for the semi-finals.
The loss in their last game did come with some gains, though.
Alex Doolan got his first major score of the tournament and alongside Ben McDermott showed that the Hurricanes have plenty of batting firepower even when Darcy Short does not score a ton of runs. We just wish that McDermott would have continued to bat at 3 rather than George Bailey who is at the end of his career and looked way behind the pace in this tournament.
Players like Mathew Wade and Dan Christian give plenty of depth to the Hurricanes batting but it will be Short, who once again, will be the focus of attention. He is nearing 500 runs for the tournament and has three scored of over 90 already. He has hit the most sixes in this tournament and is in the best form imaginable.
It is difficult to see him fail with the bat for too many matches.
A similar rich vein of form has hit Jofra Archer as well. The English fast bowler is bowling at speeds close to 150 km/h regularly and now has 14 wickets to his name. That is more than anyone else on the Hobart Hurricanes team and second of all bowlers in the tournament.
His ability to bowl the difficult overs and take the crucial wickets will be something that the Hurricanes depend on greatly in this match.
Pitch and Conditions
Perfect cricket playing weather has been forecast for Perth on match day and we should have no interruptions whatsoever. The pitch at the WACA has been very good for batting throughout this tournament and the same will be the case for this match. The Scorchers have so far won on the back of their bowling but we think they will have to win in a batting face off in this match.
The Scorchers have a 5-2 advantage over the Hurricanes in BBL matches. This also includes the last five matches in a row and two out of the three matches played at the WACA. The Scorchers are a very tough team to beat at home but we believe that this Hobart Hurricanes team has the batting to push the Scorchers out of their comfort zone.
Back the Hobart Hurricanes to win