January 7, 2021 03:10 PM local time, 12:40 PM IST
Perth Stadium – Perth, Australia
Sydney Thunder have had a substandard campaign so far this season. Thunder have registered victory in only three out of eight matches in the tournament and are currently poised at the fifth position in the points table. Skipper Callum Ferguson will be eager to break into the top half of the points table by triumphing in this encounter. In their previous game against Melbourne Stars, Thunder failed to defend their 145-run total as the duo of Stoinis and Maxwell stole the match away from Thunder.
However, one positive for Sydney Thunder was the performance of their top-order batting force. Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson and Matthew Gikes contributed with crucial knocks to propel Thunder to post 145 runs on the scoreboard. However, Thunder’s main concern will be the inefficiency of their bowling attack, which failed to spark against Melbourne Stars.
Hobart Hurricanes have also been struggling with inconsistent performances so far in the season. In seven matches, Hurricanes have amassed only six points and are currently sitting second-last in the points table. Skipper Matthew Wade, who was the top-scorer for his side in their previous match against Brisbane Heat, will be hoping to register a fourth win in the competition.
Wade was the solitary player for Hurricanes who was effective in their match against Brisbane Heat. The inefficiency of their batting force will also be a matter of concern for Matthew Wade and Co. David Miller has also failed to deliver explosive batting performances this season. After posting a modest score of 126 runs against Brisbane, Hurricanes’ bowling unit was not successful in restricting Heat’s batting line-up. Scott Boland, who scalped three wickets in his spell, was the pick of Hurricanes’ bowlers.
Pitch Report and Conditions & Toss Prediction:
The Perth Stadium, also known as the Optus Stadium, has hosted just one game so far in this season of the BBL between Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades. Perth Scorchers posted a dominant 185-3 after being put in to bat and then bundled out the opposition for just 89. The team batting first in this match will look to score at least 170-180 to feel safe.
The pitch at Perth Stadium is likely to be bouncy and hard for the most part of the game. The ball will come on nicely to the batsmen in the first half while seamers should get enough purchase to trouble the batters. Spinners should enjoy the bounce here. The weather forecast for the day of the game is hot and sunny. We should hence have a full game.
The team winning the toss would look to bat first on this wicket. As we saw in the last game, batting first and setting a big total might be the way to go here.
Sydney Thunder Predicted XIs:
Callum Ferguson (c), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Chris Morris, Matthew Gilkes (wk) Chris Tremain, Alex Ross, Liam Bowe, Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Daniel Sams
Hobart Hurricane Predicted XIs:
George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c), David Miller, Scott Boland, Clive Rose, Ben McDermott (wk), Simon Milenko, Qais Ahmad, Caleb Jewell, Thomas Rogers, Nathan Ellis
Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricane Heat Head to Head:
Matches Played: 13, HH Won: 8, ST Won: 5
SYDNEY THUNDER VS HOBART HURRICANES MATCH BETTING TIPS:
To get more Big Bash betting tips and to know every moment update keep visiting our website. In the last 5 matches between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder, the Hurricanes have won just 2 games while Sydney has won 3. This is the first time that the two teams will be clashing this season and hence it would be interesting to see how the two would have assessed each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Hobart has a good all-round unit but their batting does lack consistency. Sydney, on the other hand, has a robust batting unit and will have a slight edge in this encounter. Expect a close clash but Sydney should prevail.
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