Adelaide Strikers lead the scoreline by 11 wins to 8 against the Hurricanes.
Hobart Hurricanes have a stronger side on paper in both batting and bowling departments.
Hobart Hurricanes are coming off a dominant win over Adelaide Strikers.
The head-to-head record between these two teams is in favour of Adelaide Strikers, who have won 11 matches compared to 7 by Hobart Hurricanes. However, the Hurricanes have a stronger side and are coming off a dominant win in their previous encounter. We predict Hobart Hurricanes to win this match on Thursday.
Adelaide Strikers: Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway
Hobart Hurricanes: Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, Matthew Wade (c/wk), D'Arcy Short, Tim David, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mitchell Owen, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
Match no. 30 of the Big Bash League 2022-23 will witness Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes battling it out for the second time in four days. The teams will meet at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, January 5th.
The two teams met in Hobart on Monday, where the hosts chased down the target with seven wickets and 16 balls to spare. Batting first, the Strikers posted 177/6 on the board. Chris Lynn returned to his near best with 87 off 58 balls while Matthew Short continued his good form with a 26-ball 38 at the top. Colin de Grandhomme played a cameo of 18-ball 30 at the back end.
The Hurricanes tweaked their batting order, sending Caleb Jewell to open alongside Ben McDermott. The pair got them off to a flying start, smashing 86 in just eight overs. Jewell made 54 off 28 while McDermott scored 53 off 33. D'Arcy Short (27* off 22) and Tim David (27* off 13) then finished things off to claim crucial two points.
Adelaide Strikers have lost four games on the bounce and currently have six points from seven games with a strong net run-rate. Hobart Hurricanes also have six points but they have played one game less than the others.
Adelaide Strikers could well be without their skipper Peter Siddle, who appeared to have sustained an injury on Monday. Henry Thornton, who was rested for the previous game, should return for the home fixture. Rashid Khan will be playing his final BBL match of this season on Thursday. The batting line-up should remain unchanged. Matthew Short and Chris Lynn have been in superb form while Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Hunt have played occasional cameos.
Hobart Hurricanes changed their batting order and saw near complete performance. Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell were brilliant at the top while D'Arcy Short returned to form, playing at four. The batting line-up also has in-form Matthew Wade, Tim David and Asif Ali. Shadab Khan and James Neesham have left the side due to other commitments. Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith and Patrick Dooley have been good with the ball but having to rely on Faheem Ashraf, Mitchell Owen and Short for eight overs is risky business.
Chris Lynn was outstanding in the previous game, scoring 87 runs in 58 balls with nine fours and three sixes. He was finally able to play a big innings after getting starts in earlier games. Lynn is the leading run-scorer in BBL history with 3265 runs at an average of 35 while striking at 147. Lynn remains a crucial figure for the Strikers in this match-up.
Matthew Wade fell cheaply in the previous game but has smashed 51 off 29 and 67 off 30 in two of the innings this season. The left hand batter has been in great touch and will be key for the Hurricanes here. Wade has a magnificent record at Adelaide, scoring 215 runs from three BBL innings at a strike rate of 187, including one century and a half century.
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