Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Date: 14th December
The 12th match of KFC Big Bash League is set to be an exciting battle to watch out for. Hobart Hurricanes will be hosting Perth Scorchers at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on December 14. Both the team are riding with comprehensive wins in their last outings. Although Hobart started low after losing to Sydney Sixers by 14 runs, but bounced back really strong to knock off the same opponents in a rain affected match.
Mathew Wade-led Hobart from the front with an impressive knock of 93 off just 46 balls, which was well supported by D’Arcy Short’s 73 and a quick cameo from Caleb Jewell (42 off 23). All of these laid the foundation for a mammoth total of 213 in 20 overs. However, the match was reduced to 18 overs and a new target of 196 runs was set for the chase. Joel Paris starred with the ball for the Hurricanes, picking up three wickets as they restricted the Sixers to 151, winning the game by 44 runs.
On the other hand, Perth Scorchers started their campaign on a winning note and are yet to lose a match in the eighth season of BBL. They defeated Brisbane Heat in their opening game and followed it up by beating Adelaide Strikers in their next game. In their last match against Adelaide Strikers, opener Colin Munro displayed one of the best knocks of the league by staying unbeaten at 114, as the team scored 195 in 20 overs. While defending, Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye, each picked three wickets and successfully stopped Strikers at 146.
Head to Head:
The 12th match of the season will be the first match at Bellerive Oval, and hence, it will be interesting to watch how the pitch unfolds. But, looking at the squad it’s going to be an interesting battle and expected to be a high scoring match.
Team’s last win must have given them too much confidence for various reasons. Their skipper is in great form and as an opener he gave the kind of start any team would crave for. He was well supported by others too, resulting in a mammoth total of 213 in 20 overs. Team has avenged their first defeat against the Sydney Sixers, and now must be excited to continue with their winning streak.
The team is having a successful campaign in the current edition of BBL. They have comprehensively won both their last matches, and players like Colin Munro, Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye are making their team great prospects of the title.
Matthew Wade (c & wk), D Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Joel Paris, Thomas Rogers, Sandeep Lamichhane, Josh Kann
Colin Munro, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Kurtis Patterson, Laurie Evans, Ashton Turner (c), Aaron Hardie, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Hatzoglou
Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a great match to watch as both the teams are capable of producing quality cricket and give each other a run for money. Hard to say which side match will go but Scorchers with their winning streak, look strongest while Hobart will have to play like a team as they did in their last outing to show some consistency.