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The Sydney Thunder women have been on a roll in the WBBL over the last few matches and have moved into second position on the WBBL league table with four wins from five matches. They will look to continue this winning form against the Hobart Hurricanes, a side that is languishing at the bottom of the table with just one win from six matches.
The WBBL sides are still packed pretty close together on the league table with just four points separating the top-5. This is why no side can afford to take it easy or be counted out just yet.
Sydney Thunder completed successive wins over the Adelaide Strikers with ease as their batting came to the fore in the second match as well. Led by the performances of Taylor, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Blackwell, Sydney Thunder recovered from the loss of two early wickets and chased down a good target with ease.
Taylor, who has moved into the opening position, has been looking very good and striking the ball beautifully. She did not let the loss of two early wickets pull her back and played aggressively from the start.
If Taylor can continue to strike the ball like this in future WBBL matches then Sydney Thunder is going to an even more formidable batting side then it has been.
Priest has been scoring runs, Taylor scored runs in the last match, Blackwell is in good touch, and Harmanpreet Kaur has been a superstar. This kind of depth is not easily found in WBBL teams and could lead Sydney Thunder to the final stages of the tournament.
Among the bowlers, Sydney Thunder continues to use a number of bowlers, seven in the last match, and still had a couple of more players that could bowl as well. This ability to use so many bowlers allows Sydney Thunder to keep changing things up but can sometimes backfire as well.
The captain may actually feel pressured to change things around when she should be backing her lead bowlers. The results seem to be coming the Sydney Thunder way so they are not going to change things around.
Rachel Priest, Stafanie Taylor, Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell, Harmanpreet Kaur, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Sam Bates, Maisy Gibson, Belinda Vakarewa, Rachael Haynes.
The Hobart Hurricanes came as close to winning their second match as they possibly could in their last game against the Perth Scorchers. The match actually ended in a tie, with both teams getting a score of 173, before the Perth Scorchers own in the Super Over.
The loss would have deflated the Hobart Hurricanes who had played some of their best cricket in the WBBL this season.
There are some good signs for the side, though. The batting has fired for the second consecutive match and they are bound to win some matches if they continue to bat like this. Smriti Mandhana has been successful in getting the Hurricanes off to a good start with Fazackerley. Daffara, Knight, and Hall form a good middle order.
Redmayne has also shown the ability to get some quick lower order runs in the past.
Perhaps the biggest criticism of the side would be that the top-order batters are not turning their starts into big scores. One of Mandhana, Daffara, or Knight should be able to bat through the inning and ensure the Hurricanes gets to the scores it needs to win.
On the evidence of the bowling performances that the Hobart Hurricanes have been putting in, it seems like the Hobart Hurricanes need to score an above par performance in every single game.
The skipper Maloney bowled towards the end of the inning in the last match and picked up two wickets but the lead bowlers like Knight, Pyke, and Hartley had already gone for plenty of runs.
There is no easy fix to the bowling woes of the Hobart Hurricanes. Most of the WBBL teams have a bowling attack that can be considered weak and so it is the batting that wins matches in WBBL. The Hobart Hurricanes are close to getting their batting right and this is why this match should be a good contest.
Smriti Mandhana, Erin Fazackerley, Stefanie Daffara, Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Georgia Redmayne, Sasha Moloney, Veronica Pyke, Rhiann O' Donnell, Brooke Hepburn, Alex Hartley.
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The WBBL match between Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes is going to be played in Brisbane at the Gabba. The weather forecast for Brisbane is quite good and there should be no interruptions to the match.
The pitch at the Gabba is excellent for batting in T20 cricket because the ball comes on to the bat better and allows the batters to pay their strokes. Two strong batting sides should enjoy playing on this surface.
Teams are much closer than they sometimes appear in the WBBL and this is why an opportunity to back the upset always exists. It is difficult, however, to look past Sydney Thunder after the form they have been displaying the last few games. The Hobart Hurricanes may have a good batting side but its probably outmatches by the Thunder in that area as well.
Back Sydney Thunder to win.
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