Teams already made it through the playoffs will battle for their place in the finals this week. Hobart Hurricanes will try to bounce back from a loss against Sydney Thunder in the first match of the 2019-20 Big Bash League playoffs.
Matthew Wade’s 130, hit the second highest score in BBL history to take the Hurricanes into the finals of BBL 09, D’Arcy Short 72; Michael Neser 1-17 helped with a winning result. In their double-century stand, Wade and Short crushed Strikers’ bowlers, fetching 60 in the powerplay and going on the offensive soon afterwards. They will head to playoffs match after a win by 10 runs against Strikers 207.8 (20.0) 207 – 217/1 (20.0) 217 last time that paved way to their spot. They stand on the 4th place of the ladder with 13 points from winning 6 and losing 7 of 14 matches in the league. They have won 3 straight games since losing against the opponent they thrashed last time.
Possible XI: Short, Wade(C), Wright, McDermott (WK), Miller, Bailey, Faulkner, Rose, Boland, Ellis and Qais.
Thunders sit behind the upcoming opponent for this match, currently on the 5th place of the ladder with 13 points from winning 6 and losing 7 of 14 games they played. Despite showing a weakened performance, they are still through the playoffs after knocking our Scorchers by 7 wickets and 2 balls left 97/3 (11.4) 97 – 99/4 (15.0) 99. They were asked to chase 96 from 12 overs that came down to 12 from 6 balls when Chris Morris crashed a towering six and four off Matthew Kelly to earn the seven-wicket win with two balls to spare. From 54 for 3 in 10 overs, Scorchers went up to 99 for 4 in 15 with the help of Cameron Bancroft’s two big overs in the middle. They will head to this match with only 2 wins in their last 5 matches, lost the other 3.
Possible XI: Hales, Khawaja, Ferguson(C), Ross, Lenton(WK), Morris, Sams, Nair, Bowe, Sandhu and Tremain.
Hobart Hurricanes have won seven of their 12 previous matches against Sydney Thunder who won the rest in the Big Bash.
Date and Time:
Saturday, January 30, 2020, 4:40 PM (GMT+8)
Blundstone Arena, Bellerive
(The odds might change without prior notice)