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Hobart Hurricanes take on Sydney Thunder in match number 44 of this Big Bash League (BBL) 2021-22. The iconic MCG will host this game and it is the second game of the double-header.
Hobart Hurricanes haven’t really been able to build any sort of momentum in this tournament but they’ve managed to stay afloat so far. They have five wins and as many losses from 10 games. They have won five Bash Boost points as well which helps them stay at the fourth spot on the points table.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder have been in very good form. After losing three out of their first five encounters, Sydney Thunder have won five games in a row and have shot to the second spot on the points table. Overall, they have seven wins and three losses so far.
As far as head to head records are concerned, Sydney Thunder have won six while Hobart Hurricanes have won nine. However, in the last five games, Sydney Thunder have won three and Hobart Hurricanes have two wins.
Wins: Sydney Thunder 6, Hobart Hurricanes 9, No Result 0
Last 5 matches: Sydney Thunder 3, Hobart Hurricanes 2, No Result 0
Hobart Hurricanes’ batting has been relied heavily on Ben McDermott who has scored 457 runs. He has contributed to four out of the six fifty-plus scores recorded by Hobart Hurricanes. D’Arcy Short has got some decent runs but it has come at a very slow pace and he has a strike-rate of 101.83. Apart from the aforementioned duo, none of them have really come to the party. But the bowlers have performed really well. Tom Rogers, Sandeep Lamichhane, Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis – all of them have 10+ wickets this season.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder have had different players stepping up in the recent games. Jason Sangha’s consistency with the bat has lent solidity while Sam Billings was excellent in the nine games he played for the Thunder. Alex Hales seems to be slowly hitting his straps as well with the bat and has shown good form in the last couple of games. Matthew Gilkes has contributed decently as well. Daniel Sams has shown his all-round worth while the likes of Saqib Mahmood ad Gurinder Sandhu have chipped in nicely with the ball.
Sydney Thunder may not have the head to head record but given their form, they will start favourites in this game.
Alex Hales’ return to form and Daniel Sams’ all-round impact makes the duo game-changers for Sydney Thunder. Meanwhile, Ben McDermott is the obvious option from the Hobart Hurricanes line-up.
Saqib Mahmood has been in top form and the England fast bowler has picked up 13 wickets in six games. Tom Rogers could also be one of the best bowlers of the game. He has taken 15 wickets in nine matches so far.
Alex Hales, Daniel Sams, Saqib Mahmood, Ben McDermott and D’Arcy Short may be the top contenders to be the player of the match.
Jason Sangha has batted superbly throughout this season and has aggregated 294 runs while averaging 58.80 in this tournament.
|Caleb Jewell||c Oliver Davies b Gurinder Sandhu||51||32||5||3||159.38|
|Ben McDermott||c Tanveer Sangha b Daniel Sams||18||15||1||1||120|
|Matthew Wade||not out||83||54||8||2||153.7|
|D’Arcy Short||c Baxter Holt b Gurinder Sandhu||4||4||1||0||100|
|Tim David||c Baxter Holt b Tanveer Sangha||3||4||0||0||75|
|Peter Handscomb||run out (Matthew Gilkes)||1||1||0||0||100|
|Jordan Thompson||b Muhammad Hasnain||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Mitchell Owen||not out||7||7||1||0||100|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.85)||177/6|
|Matthew Gilkes||c Tim David b Riley Meredith||1||4||0||0||25|
|Alex Hales||c Tom Rogers b Jordan Thompson||38||17||7||1||223.53|
|Jason Sangha||lbw Jordan Thompson||31||19||3||1||163.16|
|Daniel Sams||c Ben McDermott b D’Arcy Short||18||17||1||1||105.88|
|Oliver Davies||b Riley Meredith||6||9||0||0||66.67|
|Ben Cutting||b Riley Meredith||0||1||0||0||0|
|Baxter Holt||c Caleb Jewell b Sandeep Lamichhane||17||20||1||0||85|
|Nathan McAndrew||c Caleb Jewell b Sandeep Lamichhane||30||20||3||1||150|
|Gurinder Sandhu||not out||11||9||1||0||122.22|
|Tanveer Sangha||c D’Arcy Short b Jordan Thompson||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Muhammad Hasnain||not out||4||2||1||0||200|
|Total||(20 Ov, RR: 8.39)||168/9|