Hobart Hurricanes are second-last in the points table with 3 wins in 8 matches in BBL 2019-20. Hurricanes defeated Perth Scorchers at Perth defending 180 runs. Since then, HBH has lost 2 back to back matches. D Arcy Short who was the star batsman for Hobart against Perth with his unbeaten hundred didn’t feature in the playing XI for the next two games.
Matthew Wade has looked in good touch at the top while Ben McDermott has been a crucial figure in the batting line-up at number 5. David Miller has failed to make an impact at numbers 3, 5, and 7 in his last 3 consecutive innings. Geroge Bailey, in addition to McDermott, will be significant for Hurricanes in the middle-order. While the batting depends on a few select batsmen, Hobart has good bowling options.
Scott Boland, Qais Ahmed, Nathan Ellis, and Clive Rose have all found success in varying degrees. If 3 of these pick wickets while maintaining an economy of under 8 r.p.o, they would be giving HBH a fighting chance against Perth Scorchers.
Perth Scorchers have just one win more than Hobart. With 4 wins in 8 matches, they find themselves at number 6 in the points table. However, 3 of these wins have come in the last 4 matches. PRS has won 2 back to back matches after the loss against Hobart Hurricanes at home. Scorchers had lost by 8 runs chasing 181 against HBH. However, in their next match, PRS successfully chased 176 runs against MLR with 6 wickets in hand.
In the recent match at home against Brisbane Heat, Mitchell Marsh scored an unbeaten 93 off 41 balls to become top team batsman. Cameron Bancroft also chipped in 41 off 29 balls at number 5 as PRS ended up with 213-3. Jhye Richardson, Fawad Ahmed, Joel Paris, and Chris Jordan are the top bowling options for Perth. While Richardson has consistently bagged wickets for the side, the skipper would be concerned about others’ economies.
Our Prediction for HBH vs PRS
Hobart Hurricanes to win the match
Perth Scorchers’ form has improved since their last defeat against Hobart Hurricanes. While Hobart plays at home venue, their batting inconsistencies will be the biggest concern going into this match. Hobart Hurricanes’ bowlers should be their best hope to get on top of the game. With the middle-order firing, and openers Livingstone and Inglis finding a rhythm, Perth Scorchers look a well balanced and promising side.