Hobart Hurricanes are set to cross swords with Adelaide Strikers in match 22 of the Big Bash League (BBL). The Hurricanes have had a shaky start to the tournament. They have won two games while losing three. However, they looked in pretty good form in their last game against Melbourne Stars. The batting came good, with Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade and D Arcy Short making valuable contributions.
Later, the bowlers delivered a collective effort to restrict Stars to 156-9, leading Hurricanes to a win by 24 runs. The team has plenty of quality at its disposal. However, the question still remains about their consistency. Can the team deliver a similar punch against Strikers? If they do, they can be a force to reckon with.
Meanwhile, the Strikers have lost their last three games. The batting has looked good in patches but has failed to fire as a unit. Consequently, they have been restricted to just about par scores, which have not been sufficient. The bowling has also been over-reliant on Rashid Khan and George Garton.
The match is going to be played at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The surface is expected to be a good track to bat, with little help for the fast bowlers with the new ball. Spinners will also come into play in the latter half of the innings. The three games played here have been high-scoring ones. The average first innings total is 182.
Probable Playing XIs for HUR vs STR:
Matthew Wade (c & wk), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell/Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott, Harry Brook, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Matthew Short, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Harry Nielson (wk), Thomas Kelly, George Garton, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Fawad Ahmed, Peter Siddle (c)
Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers, Match 22
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date & Time: December 27th, at 12:35 PM IST
Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network