Sydney Thunder will be looking to move to the top of the table when they take on Hobart Hurricanes at the Perth Stadium on Thursday. The Thunder are placed at the second spot in the table right now having won five of their seven matches in the tournament. The Hurricanes are placed right below them in third place with five wins to their name in eight games. If they win this match, they will displace Thunder from the second spot.
The Thunder batsmen have been in good form. Alex Hales and Callum Ferguson have been scoring runs consistently and youngster Olliver Davies has made an impression with his big-hitting in the middle-overs as well. Although Usman Khawaja is yet to get a big score, he has been getting his team off to decent starts. Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, and Chris Green form a powerful Lower-order as well and the bowling unit has just done enough to support their batsmen. Youngster Tanveer Sangha in particular has been their best bowler as he has bamboozled batsmen with his wrist-spin.
The Hurricanes have looked like a formidable unit as well. Their bowling is their real strength. The pace battery packs a punch with the likes of Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, and Scott Boland in there. The spin department seemed like an issue but that has been sorted now with the arrival of Nepali wrist-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. Their batting has some quality too, with the likes of D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, and Colin Ingram in it. Tim David has impressed with his big-hitting skills as well and that’s why they will pose a tough challenge to Sydney Thunder.
Hobart Hurricanes are expected to go unchanged in this match but Sydney Thunder will miss the services of Daniel Sams as he has been ruled out with a concussion he suffered in the previous game. Either Chris Tremain or Jono Cook is expected to take his place.
Probable Playing XIs
D Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb (c), Colin Ingram, Tim David, Johan Botha, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Oliver Davies, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Alex Hales (Sydney Thunder)
The English batsman was the highest run-getter for Sydney Thunder last year with 576 runs to his name at an average of 38.40. It looks like he will stay on top of the run-charts for his team once again this season as he has already amassed 243 runs in the seven matches thus far, at an excellent average of 34.71.
Riley Meredith (Hobart Hurricanes)
The Hurricanes pacer has been in sensational bowling form this season. He has claimed 12 wickets in the eight matches so far, at an outstanding average of 18.83. He cranks up speeds of over 145 kph regularly and is quite accurate with his Yorkers and hard-length deliveries as well. That’s what makes him such a difficult customer to handle for the batsmen.
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