Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder Match, BBL 2020?
Fourth-placed Hobart Hurricanes and fifth-placed Sydney Thunder get the revamped play-offs of the 2019-20 Big Bash League underway when they meet in the Eliminator. The match will take place at the Blundstone Arena on January 30 and is set to get underway at 19:30 local time.
The Hurricanes had Matthew Wade’s stunning innings to thank for booking their place in the play-offs – the captain smashing 130* in their final game as they beat Adelaide Strikers. Victory in this game will book another tie with the Strikers in the Knockout.
Sydney Thunder, meanwhile, who posted just 128 when these teams last met and were made to sweat for their play-off place as a result, come into the game on the back of a rain-reduced win against Perth Scorchers. Alex Hales’ form is their major positive going into this game.
Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat first when they last faced the Thunder at the Blundstone Arena. It could be Sydney Thunder’s turn to do the same.
Hobart is set to be hot, sunny and clear throughout the day on Thursday.
Hobart batted first and batted well last time out at the Blundstone Arena, which does seem to have a tendency towards favouring the batsmen.
Hobart Hurricanes are in great form winning their last 3 consecutive matches in BBL 2019-20. HBH played Sydney Thunder at their home venue prior to their last match and won by 57 runs. Hurricanes have scored 217, 185 and 190 runs batting first in the last 3 innings.
Skipper Matthew Wade scored 130*, 56, and 66 runs opening for his team in the last 3 innings. Macalister Wright also scored 2 fifties in his last 2 innings. D Arcy Short bounced back in the last match with a fifty score opening the innings along with Matthew Wade.
David Miller and Ben McDermott are other players in the middle-order to watch out for. D Arcy Short was the top bowler for HBH against Sydney Thunder with figures of 5 for 21 after he was out for a duck batting first. In the bowling department, Scott Boland and Nathan Ellis have led the attack picking up wickets consistently for Hurricanes.
Sydney Thunder lost 2 back to back away games before winning one at home venue against Perth Scorchers. Chris Tremain, Daniel Sams, and Chris Morris were economical and successful with the ball in the last match.
Previously, chasing 186 runs against Hobart Hurricanes at away venue, Sydney Thunder was all out for 128 runs. Alex Hales was the top scorer with 63 and 85 in two consecutive losses for Sydney Thunder.
Hales continued his form and scored 47 off 27 balls in the last match, becoming the team top batsman for the 3rd time in a row. A lack of support from other batsmen in the middle-order will be a big concern for Sydney Thunder ahead of the Eliminator. Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, and Alex Ross need to step up to the occasion and build partnerships alongside the in-form Alex Hales.
Our Prediction for HBH vs SYT
Hobart Hurricanes are favorites to win the match
The top-order batsmen in HBH set up are in phenomenal form with the skipper having scored a hundred and 2 fifties in the last 3 innings. HBH has had two fifty-plus scores in the innings in these games. Bowlers are consistently delivering and with the all-rounders joining the party, Hobart Hurricanes are in a great position to win the match.
Sydney Thunder has a lot to recover from. A failing batting order that revolves pretty much around one player at the top will likely be the difference between winning and losing.