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Match 42 of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL 12) will see the clash between Hobart Hurricanes (HUR) and Sydney Thunder (THU) at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Sunday, January 15.
The two sides are currently placed towards the bottom half of the points table and will require results in their favour if they are to find a spot in the elimination rounds. Thunder are coming off from two consecutive losses, one endured against cross-town rivals Sydney Sixers followed by a nine-wicket defeat at the hands of defending champions Perth Scorchers.
Coming to Hobart Hurricanes, the side endured two successive losses to Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades but managed to bounce back against Melbourne Stars in their most recent outing. Both teams are still in contention for a spot in the top four and not only a win but also an improved net run rate will help their case going forward.
Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Date & Time: January 15, 8:10 AM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and SonyLiv app
The surface at the Bellerive Oval tends to become a batting paradise as the match progresses. However, spinners will look to make use of the longer boundary dimension on one side in the middle-overs to get the breakthroughs. A competitive total can be expected in the forthcoming contest in Hobart.
Predicted Playing XIs for HUR vs THU
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), Zak Crawley, D’Arcy Short, Tim David, Asif Ali, Mitchell Owen, Faheem Ashraf, Tom Andrews, Nathan Ellis (c), Riley Meredith
David Warner, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Sam Whiteman, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir
Probable Best Performers from HUR vs THU
Probable best batter: David Warner
Warner was unable to hit the ground running as he only managed to get just 19 runs from 20 balls against Perth Scorchers in the last fixture. While the southpaw has established himself as a hard-hitter of the ball, he will be on the lookout to bounce back from his recent outing and score big runs for his side.
Probable best bowler: Riley Meredith
Meredith has proven to be an integral asset for the side thus far in the season. In nine matches, the pacer has snared 13 wickets at an average of 23.54. He will aim to continue fething the breakthroughs for the side and be the point of difference in the bowling unit.
Today’s Match Prediction: Sydney Thunder to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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