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An in-form Perth Scorchers square off against a stuttering Hobart Hurricanes in match number 15 of this Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22.
Perth Scorchers seem to be on a roll and have started this tournament superbly. They are the only unbeaten team in this BBL season and have won all their three games so far. Barring the first game against Brisbane Heat in which they recorded a six-run win, the other two wins were quite comprehensive. The three-time BBL champions racked up scores in excess of 180 and won by 45+ runs.
On the other hand, Hobart Hurricanes have two losses and a win from the three games so far. They fell 14 runs short in their chase of 145 in the first game against defending champions Sydney Sixers before they beat the same side by 44 runs (D/L method). However, they couldn’t build on that win as they slumped as Perth Scorchers beat them by 53 runs.
Hobart Hurricanes are also behind on head to head count against Perth Scorchers. The ‘Men in Purple’ have won just six games while Perth Scorchers have won 10. The last four outings between these two sides have been won by Perth Scorchers.
Wins: Hobart Hurricanes 6, Perth Scorchers 10
Last 5 matches: Hobart Hurricanes 1, Perth Scorchers 4
Perth Scorchers missed a couple of regular players in the first couple of games as they were out on Australia ‘A’ duty. But despite that, the three-time champions and the finalists of the 2020-21 season managed to win. After the inclusion of the likes of Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis along with the addition of left-arm fast bowler Tymal Mills, the Perth Scorchers line-up looks even better.
Their batting has fired. Colin Munro and Mitchell Marsh have got hundreds already in this tournament while the likes of Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft and Laurie Evans have made vital contributions. The bowling has fired in unison as well. The pace battery has been amongst the wickets while the spin twins of Ashton Agar and Peter Hatzoglou have been excellent as well.
On the other hand, the only game that Hobart Hurricanes won was when their openers (Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short) fired. In fact, the left-handed duo are the only batters to have got half-centuries in this BBL so far. The other batters haven’t really stepped up. There have been starts but none of them have converted it into big scores. The bowling has not shown any sort of consistency either.
Thus, Perth Scorchers are going to start as favourites once again.
Mitchell Marsh is in fabulous form in the shortest format this year and he smashed a stunning ton in the last game. Add to that, his ability to contribute with the ball.
Andrew Tye finds himself among the wickets more often than not. The Perth Scorchers pacer has taken seven wickets in three games so far.
Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade could be the top contenders for the player of the match. Don’t count Andrew Tye out either, as he has been picking wickets consistently.
Mitchell Marsh is in stellar form in 2021 and he has amassed 934 runs at an average of 42.45 and a strike-rate of 140.45.
Matthew Wade has looked the most fluent batter for the Hobart Hurricanes and he struck a fine 93 against Sydney Sixers which propelled his side to a win.
|Kurtis Patterson||c Nathan Ellis b Jordan Thompson||78||48||6||5||162.5|
|Josh Inglis||c Harry Brook b Riley Meredith||0||4||0||0||0|
|Mitchell Marsh||b Tom Rogers||21||21||1||1||100|
|Colin Munro||run out (Jordan Thompson)||9||16||0||0||56.25|
|Ashton Turner||b Tom Rogers||12||10||1||0||120|
|Laurie Evans||c Nathan Ellis b Jordan Thompson||9||10||0||0||90|
|Ashton Agar||not out||30||11||3||2||272.73|
|Andrew Tye||c Harry Brook b Jordan Thompson||0||1||0||0||0|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.35)||167/7|
|Matthew Wade||c Mitchell Marsh b Andrew Tye||13||14||2||0||92.86|
|D’Arcy Short||lbw Ashton Agar||13||18||0||0||72.22|
|Caleb Jewell||c Mitchell Marsh b Andrew Tye||13||17||1||0||76.47|
|Ben McDermott||caught(sub) b Andrew Tye||8||10||0||0||80|
|Harry Brook||b Peter Hatzoglou||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Tim David||run out(sub)||6||8||0||0||75|
|Jordan Thompson||c Colin Munro b Tymal Mills||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Nathan Ellis||st Josh Inglis b Ashton Agar||20||15||2||0||133.33|
|Tom Rogers||caught(sub) b Peter Hatzoglou||9||9||0||1||100|
|Wil Parker||not out||25||17||1||1||147.06|
|Sandeep Lamichhane||not out||8||7||0||0||114.29|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 6.25)||125/9|