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Big Bash League just could not stop getting exciting. The standings and qualification scenarios are changing virtually with every passing game and things are getting tighter as we are marching towards the end of the playoffs. Hobart Hurricanes, who were once in a pretty good position, have suddenly dropped down to the seventh spot on the points table. A win for them will once again send them among the top-four teams, shuffling the points table once again.
They are set to take on Sydney Thunder in their next encounter, which is to be played on 18th January at Manuka Oval, Canberra. Sydney Thunder have done fairly well and while they will not be to fussed about the qualifications yet, they would want to win this one, just to be sure. This is a high-stakes match and a treat for fans is certainly on the cards.
Sydney Thunder have been one of the most consistent sides of the competition, winning more often than not and their position on the points table reflects that. Having said that, their progression to the next round is all but certain. They have 23 points written against their name and are placed at the second spot. Other than that, their net run-rate of 1.129 is the best among all teams in the competition.
Thunder's campaign in the tournament has been pretty similar to that of Hurricanes. They started off with a bang, winning most of their matches in the first half of the tournament, but have been rather ordinary in recent matches. In their last four matches, the Thunder have only one and the momentum or lack thereof could be a factor when they take on Hurricanes in the next match.
The fact that Daniel Sams was missing in the last few matches also had a massive role to play in the Thunder's poor performance. Sams was in the terrific form before being laid-off and his return will certainly add to the balance of the Thunder. On paper, Syndey Thunder have got a side that is as good as any. They have swashbuckling all-rounders available at the top coupled with a mature middle-order. Besides, with versatile all-rounders available, their balance is immaculate.
All in all, Sydney Thunder have been doing well so far and they had the on-paper strength to back it. With Sams back, they now have their full-strength team. Even though momentum plays a key role, they only need one win to turn things around. If they put their best foot forward, we won't be surprised if they emerge on top in the upcoming match as well.
AD Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Sam Billings, Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Christopher Green, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha.
Hobart Hurricanes came into the tournament on the back of a terrific reputation and though they started this year on a similar note, they are certainly not in a comfortable position at it stands now. They are placed at the seventh position on the points table with 19 points to their name and if they happen to win this upcoming contest, they'll quickly jump to the fourth spot. Their net run-rate isn't particularly good and they'd need to win as many matches as possible going forward.
Just a few days ago, qualification seemed a trivial question for the Hurricanes. However, with three back to back losses written against their name, they are now desperate to get things moving. Their desperation was apparent in the last match as well as in a bid to post a massive total, they failed to post even a fighting total.
Batting first on a flat deck, Hurricanes got off to the worst possible start as they lost two wickets inside the powerplay. They found D'Arcy Short back in form, but the rest of their batting lineup fell like a pack of cards. Short scored a valiant fifty, but that could take the Hurricanes only to a total of 139 runs. Defending that sort of total was always going to be difficult for them and it didn't prove to be any different. Even though their bowlers bowled well and were pretty economical, the Scorchers' batsmen were too good to miss out on a win chasing a minuscule total.
All in all, the Hurricanes have an excellent team, but the absence of Matthew Wade is clearly hurting them. The pair of D'Arcy Short and Ben McDermott hasn't been as consistent and that is putting additional pressure on the middle-order. They are desperately searching for a win in the upcoming encounter and for that to happen, they'd need their openers to come good. If that happens, the Hurricanes will certainly stand a strong chance in this all-important fixture.
D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb, Will Jacks, Tim David, Mitchell Owen, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.
There are striking similarities between the two sides. Both sides got off a terrific respective stars, but now seem to be losing steam. However, there are dissimilarities as well. While the Hurricanes are desperate for a win here, the Thunder will be fine if they lose a match here or there. Also, Thunder rely heavily on their all-rounders whereas the Hurricanes are more of a specialist's oriented team. Considering those factors and the conditions that will be up on offer tomorrow, betting on a Thunder win should be the way to go.
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