Perth Scorchers vs Hobart Hurricanes
January 5, 2020
The 24th match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will see Perth Scorchers host Hobart Hurricanes.
Perth Scorchers have shown some great fightback ability. Every time they crash to heavy defeats, they come back stronger in the next game. They suffered a crushing defeat against Sydney Sixers to start this tournament but came back well to beat Melbourne Renegades and get off the mark in this season’s BBL. Despite their best efforts with the bat, PR fell 15 runs short of a huge target in a rain-affected 18-over game against Adelaide Strikers. However, Sydney Sixers handed them another huge defeat but they defended 149 easily and won by 40 runs against Brisbane Heat to bounce back.
Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes crashed to their second straight defeat when they fell 31 runs short of Brisbane Heat’s total of 212. They were at the receiving end of a rain-hit encounter against Melbourne Stars but they were on course to lose that anyway. After having two wins from three games, Hobart now lies second from the bottom.
Perth Scorchers’ batting line-up has blown hot and cold so far. In five games, they’ve been bowled out under 140 twice but they’ve done well in other games. There’s not been one batsman who has run away scores. Each batsman in the top four has more than 100 runs and has contributed decently.
Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone may have clicked together as an opening pair only in one innings so far but they’ve shown they can be destructive at the top. Both of them have got starts and are scoring at good strike-rates as well.
Meanwhile, skipper Mitchell Marsh is the leading run-getter as he has made 145 runs at an average of 36.25 and a strike-rate of 142.15 this season. Cameron Bancroft has done decently as well and has scored 122 runs in five innings.
With the ball, it’s been Fawad Ahmed and Chris Jordan who have led the way. The leg-spinner has shown immense control and has picked up seven wickets. Jordan has taken eight wickets in five games and has been very good all-round.
The likes of Ashton Agar and Jhye Richardson have been slightly inconsistent but they form a good bowling core along with the former two.
Perth Scorchers predicted XI
Josh Inglis (wk), Liam Livingstone, Cameron Bancroft, Mitchell Marsh, Ashton Turner, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Joel Paris
The batting hasn’t been at its best for the Hobart Hurricanes this season. They have scored more than 150 only in one game so far. And it’s been a case of unconverted starts for the batsmen.
After a promising start, D’Arcy Short’s form hasn’t continued and he’s wasted a couple of good starts. Yet, he is leading the run charts for the Hurricanes with 145 runs from five innings. The only other Hobart batsman who has registered a fifty and has more than 100 runs in the season is skipper Ben McDermott – 111 runs. Apart from the two, none of them have stood up. The likes of David Miller, George Bailey and James Faulkner need to chip in and come good.
Riley Meredith is the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes. He has nine wickets and has a good economy rate as well.
Meanwhile, James Faulkner and Qais Ahmad have been good with the ball and form a crucial part of the bowling attack.
Hobart Hurricanes predicted XI:
D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
It will be the 3rd game of the Big Bash League 2019-20 to be played at the venue.
Perth Scorchers won the first game by 11 runs, defending the total of 196 against Melbourne Renegades while Sydney Sixers registered a 48-run win after 174 on scoreboard in the 2nd game.
7 games were played at the Perth Stadium during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season. 5 of them were won by the team chasing the total while other 2 were won by the team batting 1st.
Only 1 T20I has been played at the venue, won by Australia against Pakistan while batting 2nd.
157 was the average 1st inning score during the 2018-19 Big Bash League season.
- Riley Meredith is the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes this season. He has nine wickets and has a good economy rate as well.
- D’Arcy Short has scored 145 runs from five innings and is leading run scorer for the Hurricanes so far.
- Mitchell Marsh is the leading run-getter for Perth Scorchers as he has made 145 runs at an average of 36.25 and a strike-rate of 142.15 this season.
- Perth Scorchers have won 6 while Hobart Hurricanes have won 5 in their 11 head to head clashes so far.
- Ben McDermott need 33 more runs to complete his personal 1000-run milestone for Hobart Hurricanes.