Date: 15 January 2023
Time: 8:10 AM IST
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Live Scores: SportsTiger App
In the 42nd match of Big Bash League 2022-23, Hobart Hurricanes have been pitted against Sydney Thunder. Both teams are placed close to each other in the points table which means there has been not much difference in their performances. While the Thunder have won five out of ten games played, Hobart Hurricanes have managed four wins out of nine games played. Now, with the tournament reaching its business end, both teams will be looking to avoid defeats and thus their next match will be exciting to watch.
The pitches at Bellerive Oval often prove slow in pace early and then gradually flatten out. Batters tend to struggle early in the innings meanwhile, bowlers get a chance to keep things in check throughout the game.
After a couple of defeats, Hobart Hurricanes got things back on track as they beat Melbourne Stars in their last game. The Nathan Ellis-led team beat the Stars by two wickets save themselves from another humiliation. After restricting the opposition to 131/7, the Hurricanes did not start well as they lost Ben McDermott for only ten runs. However, Caleb Jewell and Zak Crawley steadied the ship, stitching an 84-run partnership. But the Hurricanes lost wickets in a cluster and were on the brink of losing the game. However, they managed to sneak in a few runs and win the game. Now, with a better-placed Sydney Thunder pitted against them, it will be tough for the Hurricanes.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Hobart Hurricanes
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), Zak Crawley, D Arcy Short, Tim David, Asif Ali, Mitchell Owen, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Andrews, Nathan Ellis (c), Riley Meredith
It was all going well for Sydney Thunder until they suffered a defeat at the hands of Sydney Sixers. That defeat ended the Thunder’s four-match winning streak and it seems it also took away their momentum. The Chris Green-led team lost to Perth Scorchers in their next game and slid down in the points table. The Thunder got bowled out for a paltry 111 in 19 overs against the Scorchers and then lost the game with 37 balls to spare. None of their batters other than Oliver Davies could leave an impact. However, Nathan McAndrew did pick a wicket along with scoring 20-odd runs. Nevertheless, the Thunder now have to face Hobart Hurricanes in their next game and will back to end on the right side.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sydney Thunder
David Warner, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Sam Whiteman, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir
If Hobart Hurricanes bat: Score- 135-150; Sydney Thunder Win
If Sydney Thunder bat: Score- 150-160; Sydney Thunder Win
Hobart Hurricanes might have won their last game but they have been quite inconsistent with their performance. Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder have put on some brilliant performances and will also be eager to bounce back from the two defeats. So, the Thunder are the favourites to win on Sunday.
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