Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes BBL Tips, Predictions and Preview - Hurricanes bid to down Thunder

Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder

A lot of permutations and combinations can still push Sydney Thunder up into the Big Bash League finals with a win in their last regular season game against the table-toppers Hobart Hurricanes the very least needed.

This match will be the last league match for both the sides and will be played at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday. The Thunder (W5, L7, NR1) have the ominous task of stopping the top-of-the-table Hurricanes (W10, L3) juggernaut.

Sydney Thunder


Looking back at the season, the Thunder would feel that the abandoned match against the Brisbane Heat could have been their undoing. Still, a win and favourable results elsewhere could sneak them through, but the Thunder are more or less done here.

It has been a disappointing season of sorts for the Thunder, with only Callum Ferguson (395 runs, SR 134.35) enjoying a productive one. Daniel Sams (15 wickets, 168 runs) has surprised with his all-round returns, and the return of Test stars Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Kurtis Patterson gives better balance.

Hobart Hurricanes


After a brief blip, the Hurricanes got back to winning ways and booked a home semi-final. Two of their three losses have come in their last four matches, but the defending finalists have nothing much to worry. The form of Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short at the top is a big boon, as the duo look to be competing with each other in closing out games.

With Jofra Archer (16 wickets) getting back to his best, there is a good mix of enterprise and control in this Hurricanes attack.

Match Up


The Thunder will have one final shot at redemption, having narrowly lost to the Hurricanes earlier this season. The return of Cummins, Khawaja and Patterson adds a lot of zing to the contest. It will be interesting to see how Wade and Short will come up against Cummins.

Key Battles


Khawaja and Big Bash are almost inseparable – he has 956 runs in 24 innings at a staggering average of 50.32. The southpaw should relish getting back into the mix, even if it is for one match.

Wade’s numbers this season are so impressive that there are talks of including him as a specialist batsman for the Ashes. In BBL08, he has 545 runs at an average of 45.41 and a SR of 147.29 with six 50+ scores. Consistent enough to back him for more.

History & Statistics


  • Hurricanes have won seven of the nine matches against the Thunder, including the last two.
  • Hurricanes have won four of the five H2H matches they lost the toss.
  • The visiting side on the day has won three of the last four H2H matches.
  • Thunder have never won a home match against the Hurricanes, losing both the matches so far.
  • Thunder have lost four of the five H2H matches they batted second.

Prediction


The continued dominance of Hurricanes is a treat to watch, but the return of top Thunder players from international duty makes things interesting. History suggests that the Hurricanes have an edge over the Thunder, but the team composition could just lift the hosts at the eleventh hour.

Tips


Back the Hurricanes to score the highest in the first 6 overs @ $1.85 (BetEasy).

Back Short to score at least one six @ $2.20 (Ladbrokes)

Back Cummins to be the top Thunder bowler @ $3.75 (Sportsbet).


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