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Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes are set to lock horns in the 22nd match of the Big Bash League 2022-23. Lavington Sports Oval in Albury will host its first ever BBL match on Saturday afternoon.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 22, BBL 2022-23
- December 31, 2023 – 4:30 am GMT
- Lavington Sports Oval, Albury
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Thunder has never hosted a senior men’s T20 match before at Lavington Sports Oval in Albury – only one women’s T20 has been played here. So, we don’t have enough data to rely on for this venue. However, the general trend this Big Bash season is that bowlers have enjoyed much more success compared to the previous editions.
As for the weather, Sydney could witness a couple of showers in the morning. But it should get cleared by afternoon when the match is scheduled. There’s a 25% chance of precipitation in the afternoon with the temperature around 25°C.
Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Predictions
The two teams are in the bottom half of the points table and need to string a few wins in quick time to challenge for the top spots. Sydney Thunder have won three of the last five encounters between the two sides but Hurricanes lead the rivalry by 10-7.
Both teams are coming off a win but Hurricanes have an edge due to their bowling attack. On potential and performance, It is one of the top two bowling attacks in the competition. Add to that the Thunder batting unit doesn’t have depth and is vulnerable to collapses. We predict Hurricanes to win this clash on Saturday.
Hurricanes to Hit Most Sixes
Sams to Be Thunder's Top Wicket Taker
Meredith to Be Man of the Match
Hobart Hurricanes have a destructive batting unit with power-hitters throughout the lineup. Thunder, on the other hand, rely on Alex Hales and Daniel Sams for the six-hitting.
The Hurricanes have struck 18 sixes in four games (4.5/game) compared to 25 sixes in six games (4.1/game) by Sydney Thunder. We predict Hurricanes to hit most sixes in this match with the odds of 4/5 (1.80).
Our Prediction: Hurricanes to Hit Most Sixes
The left arm wrist spinner Patrick Dooley has been sensational in the BBL 2022-23, picking 9 wickets from four games at 5.66 economy. Dooley has odds of 100/30 (4.75) to be the highest wicket-taker for the Hurricanes.
Riley Meredith, coming off 3/12, has 7 wickets in the tournament and has 11/4 (3.75) odds. From Sydney Thunder, Daniel Sams has been prolific with 11 wickets and is also one of the top contenders with 11/4 odds.
Our Prediction: Daniel Sams to Be Thunder’s Top Wicket Taker
Man of the Match
Hobart Hurricanes’ Riley Meredith is coming off an outstanding spell versus Melbourne Renegades, picking 3 for 12 off his four overs. He has the pace to trouble Sydney Thunder and is one of the best picks to be the Man of the Match in this game with the odds of 20/1 (21.00). Ben McDermott 7/1 (8.00) Shadab Khan 10/1 (11.00), Alex Hales 6/1 (7.00), Daniel Sams 8/1 (9.00) are some of other best options.
Our Prediction: Riley Meredith to Be Man of the Match
Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Preview
We expect an exciting game between Thunder and Hurricanes and we will now take a closer look at the team.
After losing three games on the trot, Thunder have made some progress with a double over Brisbane Heat. They hammered Brisbane by 10 wickets in the first encounter and held on to the second by 11 runs. Sydney Thunder have six points to their credit, having won three and lost three.
The Thunder will be relieved with Alex Ross and Daniel Sams getting some quick runs in the previous game. Their top order is starting to find some touch as well. Having said that, the batting unit looks a bit light. Gurinder Sandhu bowled only one over on Thursday and there could be an injury concern. The Thunder could bring in Ben Cutting for this game.
Squad: Matthew Gilkes (wk), Alex Hales, Rilee Rossouw, Oliver Davies, Daniel Sams, Alex Ross, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Brendan Doggett, Usman Qadir
Hobart Hurricanes have played four matches in the ongoing season, winning two and losing two. They have lost versus Melbourne Stars and Sydney Sixers while defeating Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades. They’re coming off an eight-run victory over the Renegades in a low scoring contest, where Riley Meredith and Shadab Khan starred with the ball.
The bowling attack comprising Meredith, Shadab, Nathan Ellis, Joel Paris and Patrick Dooley is the Hurricanes’ biggest strength. In the batting unit, they have some quality players such as Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade, D’Arcy Short, Tim David and Jimmy Neesham.
McDermott and Wade were dropped out of the XI for the previous game at the last moment. They have had enough gap between the games to recover and are likely to be back.
Squad: D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (wk), Shadab Khan, Tim David, James Neesham, Asif Ali, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis (c), Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
How to Watch Big Bash in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For those living in the UK, you can catch all the live action of the Big Bash League on Sky Sports Cricket on television. For those who prefer online streaming, you can watch the game on the SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)