About the Match
With just 12 points on the board and after losing to Queensland in the last game, Tasmania is knocked off the tournament with just one more contest to go against South Australia, which is at the bottom of the points table having only 2 points with their hopes crashing much earlier, on 22nd Oct at Sydney. The two sides will be playing their last game this season before heading back home and will fight for redemption; it will be interesting to see how South Australia fares in this match after undergoing humiliating defeats at the hands of their various opponents almost throughout the series whereas Tasmania although gave a good display of their cricketing talents, failed to make it through.
Ben Dunk fought like a tiger to post a massive unbeaten 229 runs off 157 deliveries, creating a sensation in the match against Queensland opening with Paine; the latter who had a series of dry spells in the earlier games, contributed well and posted 125 off 127 to partner with Dunk and make an opening stand of 277 runs. However, this courageous display of their batting skills couldn’t change their fortunes and they end up on the losing side against a strong Queensland batting line-up which achieved the target of 399 with 2 overs to spare. This was mainly because of the lack of precision and failure to get wickets by the bowlers like Doherty, Rainbird and Rose; though Fekete and Gulbis tried to make a difference, their single wickets hardly made a dent on the opponents, who crossed the target convincingly. The defeat would surely have been a bitter tonic but they will need to rise above their problems and come up with a winning strategy here.
The team lacks in good match winners, and struggles to find rhythm in its batting efforts; against Western Australia, they tried to work as a unit and get the scoreboard ticking but except for Ferguson and Ross, who posted a 76-run partnership, the others gave up easily falling to the pace attack from Coulter-Nile and Rimmington. Openers Travis Head and Davey need to build a strong foundation upon which the middle order can strengthen the innings; on the bowling front, Gary Putland and Gregory have been doing well with their wicket-taking abilities but with not much to defend for, they too have been ineffective in getting the team towards victory. Sayers and Joe Mennie are also giving good support, trying to contain the runs of the opponent; they need to be more determined and work as a team to redeem themselves before bowing out of the competition.
While Tasmania played very well against their opponents in the recent matches, they have not been successful in converting their efforts into wins; they might be out of the tournament, but will go out as a strong side having displayed their strengths throughout. Though South Australia has been down with consecutive defeats, they must overcome their weaknesses and try to make a last face-saving effort here. Although the result could go either way, Tasmania surely is the favourite here and will put its best foot forward and emerge victorious on Wednesday.
Tasmania, 1.50 @ Bet365