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Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will turn up against each other for the second time in three days. The two teams will meet in match no. 30 of the Big Bash League 2022-23. Coming off a dominant victory in their previous encounter, the Hurricanes head into this game as the favourites with 8/11 (1.72) odds. The Strikers are the underdogs with the odds of 1/1 (2.00) to win this match.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 30, BBL 2022-23
- January 5, 2023 – 8:15 AM GMT
- Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The pitches at Adelaide Oval are generally pretty good for batting with batters targeting the short square boundaries. The average first innings score at this venue reads 165 from over 75 T20 matches. Three matches have been hosted here this season with the team batting first scoring 180+ on two occasions.
As for the weather, expect a clear and pleasant evening in Adelaide on Thursday with no threat of rain. The temperature should be cooler, around 15°C in the evening.
Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Predictions
Adelaide Strikers lead the head to head record between the two sides with 11 wins compared to 7 by Hobart Hurricanes. However, as we mentioned ahead of their previous encounter, the Hurricanes have a better side on paper with lesser weaknesses. They will take huge confidence from their dominant batting performance on Monday while the bowling attack remains mostly reliable.
Hurricanes To Hit Most Sixes
Ellis To Take Most Wickets
McDermott to be Man of the Match
Hobart Hurricanes were close to their full potential in their previous outing. They have a destructive batting line-up compared to the Strikers and should enjoy short square boundaries at Adelaide. They’ve struck 37 sixes in six matches (6.1/innings) while the Strikers have hit 29 sixes in seven games (4.1/innings).
Our Prediction: Hobart Hurricanes to hit most sixes.
Nathan Ellis has picked seven wickets in the competition and has been a bit expensive. But his natural length and changeups should be effective at Adelaide where the straight boundaries are long. He has the odds of 11/4 (3.75) to be the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes. For the Strikers, Rashid Khan has the odds of 13/5 (3.60) to be the top bowler.
Our Prediction: Nathan Ellis to be the highest wicket-taker for Hobart Hurricanes.
Man of the Match
Ben McDermott returned from an injury and to form with a terrific 53 off just 33 on Monday. He has the odds of 10/1 (11.00) to be the player of the match. Apart from him, Matthew Wade, Matthew Short, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith and Rashid Khan are some of the top betting options.
Our Prediction: Ben McDermott to be the Man of the Match.
Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes Preview
Every match now becomes crucial as the teams look to hustle for the top five spots. Let’s take a look at both sides ahead of their meeting on Thursday.
Adelaide Strikers have now lost four games in a row after winning their first three and are in a desperate need of a win. They have six points from seven games but their net run-rate of 1.029 keeps them in good stead. The Strikers were beaten quite comprehensively by seven wickets on Monday.
Chris Lynn finally managed to capitalise on his start, smashing 87 off 58 but bowlers were taken apart. Henry Thornton was rested for the previous game while Peter Siddle sustained an injury and could be out of action.
Squad: Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle.
Hobart Hurricanes were at the bottom of the table and needed a victory desperately. They did just that, mowing down the 177-run target versus the Strikers in just 17.2 overs. They have six points with one more game in hand than the rest.
Their bowling unit has weakened a bit due to Shadab Khan’s exit from the league, with Faheem Ashraf, D’Arcy Short and Mitchell Owen having to bowl eight overs. The Hurricanes rejigged their batting unit and reaped rewards as Ben McDermott and Caleb Jewell scored fifties while Short returned to form.
Squad: 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
How to Watch Big Bash in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For the UK viewers, Sky Sports Cricket is the official broadcaster of the Big Bash league. You can also catch the action live via online streaming on the SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)