Hobart Hurricanes (2-0) vs Adelaide Strikers (0-1)
Tues 15 Dec 2020 @ Launceston, Tasmania
The Hurricanes will aim for a perfect 3-0 start to BBL10 after fairly comfortable wins over the Sixers and Strikers. In Sunday’s win over this Strikers team, D’Arcy Short returned to form after a duck in the first game. After a slow start, he belted Rashid Khan for a couple of massive sixes and top-scored with 72 in the ‘Canes 174 run total. Then, the Hurricanes turned it on with the ball as they reduced the Strikers to 6 for 49. Faulkner looks back to his best with 3 wickets and Meredith ripped through their middle order, including a brilliant soccer run-out!
Adelaide struggled in their first game of the season, especially with the bat. But they will get a massive boost as Alex Carey returns to the side and should strengthen up the Strikers batting lineup. We also found out Daniel Worrall can swing the bat after an entertaining 62 not out! But the Strikers will need more from the likes of Weatherald and Salt atop the order. Rashid Khan also struggled with the ball against Short, which is a key matchup.
While Carey is back for the Strikers, they’re still missing Travis Head and the Hurricanes have the advantage of playing on their home deck again. Their bowling lineup looks very strong and we can’t see the Strikers scoring a large enough total to trouble the home team.
The Hurricanes are 1-3 at this venue. The Strikers are 2-0 against the Hurricanes in BBL history at this venue.
Head to Head Record
Hobart have won the last 2 meetings, including an 11 run win on Sunday afternoon.
The Scorchers will look to rebound on Wednesday night after a disappointing performance in Game 1 of their season against the Renegades. They were quickly 3 for 19 after 3 overs and their middle order just couldn’t recover as they were bowled out for an underpar 130. Then, they didn’t have much luck with the ball as Marsh and Finch easily made it through the powerplay as the Renegades won by 7 wickets. So the Scorchers will need to take early wickets against the Stars otherwise this will be another tough night.
Melbourne are looking good in the early stages of BBL10 after back to back wins. They trashed the Heat in their first win as Coulter-Nile took 4 wickets and Cartright/Maxwell both made 46 with the bat. Then on Saturday afternoon, Stoinis smashed 61 and Maxwell continued his form with 39. On debut, Liam Hatcher took 3 wickets and Zampa produced excellent figures of 2/10 off his 4 overs. So there’s not many weak areas for the Stars at the moment in terms of batting and bowling.
Until the Scorchers show something with the bat in BBL10, it’s hard to back against the in-form Stars. Perth do have a good matchup with their pace bowling lineup to Stoinis/Maxwell. However, the Scorchers batting will likely let them down if they’re batting first or chasing 170+.
Perth have only played once at this venue and lost to the Hurricanes in 2018. The Stars are yet to play here.
Head to Head Record
In the 16 BBL meetings, both sides have won 8 apiece. While in the last 2 meetings, the Stars have won both.
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