It’s a rematch of the last season finale, in the Big Bash League 2018/19 (BBL08) season as Hobart Hurricanes take on defending Champions Adelaide Strikers. This match #47 will be played at the UTAS Stadium in Launceston on Thursday.
The Hurricanes (W9, L2) are now racing all the way to bagging a home final with amazing consistency in BBL08. The Strikers have to win their remaining matches and hope for positive results from other games to qualify.
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Matthew Wade (84* from 49 balls) and D’Arcy Short (73* from 52) handed the Strikers a ten-wicket pounding when the sides met earlier in the season. With the top-order batsmen not showing any signs of slowing down, the Hurricanes look dominant.
A win would guarantee first place on the standings. The Hurricanes come into this match without the injured Riley Meredith. However, the form of James Faulkner and the revival of Jofra Archer keeps them going. The emergence of David Moody is another positive.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted XI: 1 Matthew Wade (WK) 2 D’Arcy Short 3 Caleb Jewell 4 Ben McDermott 5 George Bailey 6 Simon Milenko 7 James Faulkner 8 Jofra Archer 9 Clive Rose 10 David Moody 11 Jarrod Freeman
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The Strikers (W4, L7) need to bring their best to come out of their tough situation. The openers Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald, who have been such a dominant force in their BBL07 win, have been struggling this season.
Only Colin Ingram (301 runs) and Jonathan Wells (241 runs) are scoring well. Harry Nielsen and Wes Agar come back into the squad, as they look to replace Peter Siddle who joined the Australian national squad.
Adelaide Strikers Predicted XI: 1 Alex Carey (WK) 2 Jake Weatherald 3 Jake Lehmann 4 Colin Ingram 5 Jon Wells 6 Harry Nielsen 7 Michael Neser 8 Rashid Khan 9 Ben Laughlin 10 Billy Stanlake 11 Wes Agar
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jake Lehmann is enjoying his stint up the order for the Strikers. His 46 against the Sixers show that he can be a good fantasy pick.
D’Arcy Short has picked up five ‘player of the match’ awards in 11 innings. On that basis alone, he deserves a place in your fantasy side.
Matthew Wade is in the best form of his life, averaging just under 40 for his 399 runs in BBL08. He can hold his own in the Hurricanes side, which makes him a good fantasy pick.
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