Big Bash League Predictions: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes
January 11, 2020, Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
The 31st game of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will see a clash between the bottom half teams as 5th placed Sydney Thunder will host 7th placed Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday.
Hobart Hurricanes have won three of the 7 games played so far and will be keen to bounce back to the winning ways after suffering a 5-wicket defeat at the hands of Brisbane Heat in their last outing.
Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, have suffered three back to back defeats and will be hoping to turn the wind in their favour before it becomes too late. They are placed 5th with 3 wins in 8 games.
Hobart Hurricanes performance in Big Bash 2019-20:
Hobart Hurricanes failed miserably with the bat with a score of just 126 runs on board.
Mathew Wade returned from international duty and straightaway made an impact with a 46-ball 61 runs. Wade, who also led the side in the absence of D’Arcy Short, was the only batsmen to score a double-digit score in the top 7. Short is, however, expected to return and pair up with Wade at the top in this match.
Scott Boland came up with a lion-hearted effort and had match figures of 4-0-16-3 in the match. Riley Meredith and Qais Ahmed are the consistent bowlers for their team this season.
Qais Ahmed is one of the Afghan Spinners who is making a big impact in BBL this season. He has 9 wickets at an economy rate of 7.4 RPO this season till now.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash 2019-20:
Sydney Thunder’s top 4 batsmen failed to kick on despite getting starts in the previous match against Melbourne Stars and eventually the team lost by 5 wickets. Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Mathew Gilkes, and Callum Ferguson all scored above 25 but no one scored at a strike rate over 130.
Daniel Sams is the leading wicket-taker of the season with 15 wickets so far. But, his economy rate is a little on the higher side with 8.1 RPO. He will look to improvise as the tournament progresses.
Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes predicted Lineup:
Hobart Hurricanes: D Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Simon Milenko, George Bailey, David Miller, Ben McDermott (wk), Clive Rose, Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland
Sydney Thunder: Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Jonathan Cook
It will be the third of five games to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney during Big Bash League 2019-20.
1 game was won by the chasing side while the other was won by Brisbane Heat who posted 119 runs in just 8 overs.
All the five games played at the venue last season were won by the team defending the total.
164 was the average first inning score in those 5 games.
BBL Match: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes
- Callum Ferguson has scored 288 runs in 8 innings at an average of 48 and is 2nd in the highest run-getter list of the tournament so far.
- D’ Arcy Short has scored 248 runs in 6 innings at an average of 49.60 and is Horbart Hurricanes leading run-scorer so far this season.
- Daniel Sams has picked 15 wickets in 8 games and is leading the Big Bash League 2019-20 bowling charts.
- Hobart Hurricanes have been dominating the head to head clash with 7-3 in their 10 clashes so far.
- Ben McDermott needs 13 more runs to score 1000 runs for Hobart Hurricanes.