Fantasy Cricket: BBL Eliminator – Hurricanes vs Thunder Preview


This is the business end of the Big Bash League 2019-20 season and the new-look playoffs are set to kick-off. Starting the rush will be the eliminator between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena on Thursday.

The sides have shared the spoils earlier this season. While the Hurricanes have won at home by 57 runs, while the Thunder won by four wickets in Sydney. All that will count for nothing, as both sides aim to make it to Adelaide to take on the Strikers in the knock-out. Read on, to find who should make your fantasy side.

Hobart Hurricanes Preview

The Hurricanes will be buzzing, as the return of D’Arcy Short and James Faulkner gives them confidence. Short has 320 runs and six wickets in the season, while Faulkner adds nine wickets at an ER of just above 7. Having them both in your side is a massive positive.

The biggest tick has to go to Matthew Wade, who is in cracking form. His return has improved the Hurricanes’ form and will be a good choice. Among the bowlers, Qais Ahmad and Scott Boland have 26 wickets between them and will be good picks.

Sydney Thunder Preview

The Thunder have seen their season stutter and needed a win in their last league game to progress. That said, the form of Alex Hales is a huge positive for the Thunder. With 449 runs at a SR of 143.91, he is a massive wicket for both teams.

Callum Ferguson’s season has nosedived and that is a worry for the visitors. If he can regain some of his early season runs, it will be huge. Daniel Sams with 25 wickets is the best bowler of the tournament, and picking him for your fantasy side is a no-brainer.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Matthew Wade comes in with scores of 66, 56 and 130* (latest) in his last three matches. The Hurricanes captain should be a definite pick for your side.

Alex Hales has been excellent all through the season. Even against the Hurricanes earlier in the season, he top-scored with 55 and 63.

Daniel Sams has 25 wickets in the season and has taken six wickets against the Hurricanes. He has been consistently among the wickets and is a very good fantasy choice.

Predicted XIs

Hobart Hurricanes: 1 D’Arcy Short 2 Matthew Wade (C) 3 Mac Wright 4 George Bailey 5 Ben McDermott (WK) 6 Simon Milenko 7 James Faulkner 8 Nathan Ellis 9 Clive Rose 10 Qais Ahmad 11 Scott Boland

Sydney Thunder: 1 Usman Khawaja 2 Alex Hales 3 Callum Ferguson (C) 4 Jay Lenton (WK) 5 Alex Ross 6 Chris Morris 7 Arjun Nair 8 Daniel Sams 9 Chris Tremain 10 Natham McAndrew 11 Liam Bowe

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