It’s the BBL07 final rematch in Adelaide tomorrow, and revenge would be on Hobart’s checklist after they were defeated on this very ground last year courtesy of the Strikers. This time around, it’s the Hobart Hurricanes who are in the best position to win this year’s title coming into this match against the home side. The Hurricanes have lost just one game in BBL08, it would take an almighty effort from the Strikers to bring down this seasons powerhouse side despite the home ground advantage.
It’s always a tough ask to back up your previous season in a twenty20 competition, especially given how successful the Adelaide Strikers were in BBL07 where they managed to take out the title. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Adelaide in 2018/19, although the rest of the competition (excluding Hobart) could very-well say the same thing. To put it simply, the Strikers just haven’t had enough contributors with the bat this season to challenge opposition bowling attacks. Big-hitting South African Colin Ingram has upped the ante with the willow in recent times with scores of 57 against the Stars and 48 against the Thunder, but he to hasn’t been able to covert enough good starts into big scores which is what the Strikers have been crying out for all season. Opening batsman Jake Weatherald probably falls into the same category with his substandard form, but like Ingram he’s also managed some decent knocks as well.
Not recognized for his big hitting, Jono Wells may be short in stature, but he’s been playing his part for the Strikers in their middle order. The former Hurricanes batsman has finished the innings unbeaten on five separate occasions, adding to that Wells also has five scores of 20+ runs in BBL08. The return of Alex Carey should give Adelaide some relief at the top of the order, let’s just hope he doesn’t get run out a third time in the tournament! Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has had another sensational tournament in the BBL, he’s on track to better his efforts from last season where he gathered 18 wickets. Family tragedy hasn’t stood in his way, the passing of his father seems to have only given him more strength & motivation to dominate with the ball. Adelaide’s pace attack hasn’t been as dominant as last year, but it doesn’t take much to turn things around which is what the Strikers will be hoping to do against the Hurricanes tomorrow night.
All aboard the Cane Train! It’s still too early in the tournament to suggest that the Hobart Hurricanes have this seasons BBL title in the bag, in saying that they wouldn’t be very far off either. In a campaign already full of so many memorable moments, James Faulkner’s final-over heroics against the Scorchers would have to be right up there as the best of BBL08. Having barely picked up a bat all tournament for Hobart, Faulkner found himself in the pressure cooker needing 16 runs off the final over in a face off against Andrew Tye. “The finisher” lived up to his name as the Hurricanes all-rounder sent Tye packing for 16 runs in the first three deliveries of the over, the rest was history. Another man who is starting to light up the stage in the middle order is Hurricanes veteran George Bailey, experience simply can’t be bought. Bailey’s unbeaten 70 in a losing cause against the Renegades and just recently 69 in Perth means that D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott aren’t the only players the opposition has to worry about.
Both Short and Bailey are currently averaging over fifty with the bat in BBL08. Rarely do you see Jofra Archer struggling with the ball in hand, however this tournament would suggest otherwise. It’s been the likes of Riley Meredith, James Faulkner and the spinners who’ve been teaming up to bring down opposition line-up’s, Archer on the other hand appears to have lost his X factor he possessed for the canes last season. He’s still picked up 9 wickets in the tournament, but it hasn’t been the same lively-Archer we’re used to seeing. That’s really just grasping at straws though, this Hobart Hurricanes outfit looks like the real deal in 2018/19. Out of all the matches played so far, this one would undoubtedly mean the most to them if they can get some sort of revenge on the team who denied them a BBL title last season.
Top 5 fantasy picks | Adelaide Strikers | BBL | 37th match | Adelaide
- Rashid Khan
- Colin Ingram
- Alex Carey
- Billy Stanlake
- Ben Laughlin
Wildcard pick – Jake Weatherald
Top 5 fantasy picks | Hobart Hurricanes | BBL | 37th match | Adelaide
- D’Arcy Short
- George Bailey
- Riley Meredith
- Matthew Wade
- James Faulkner
Wildcard pick – Jofra Archer
Adelaide Strikers (possible) – 1. Alex Carey (wk) 2. Jake Weatherald 3. Colin Ingram © 4. Matt Short 5. Jono Wells 6. Michael Neser 7. Cameron Valente/Jake Lehmann 8. Rashid Khan 9. Ben Laughlin 10. Liam O’Connor/Michael Cormack 11. Billy Stanlake.
Hobart Hurricanes (possible) – 1. Matthew Wade (c & wk) 2. D’Arcy Short 3. Caleb Jewell 4. Ben McDermott 5. George Bailey 6. Simon Milenko 7. James Faulkner 8. Johan Botha 9. Jofra Archer 10. David Moody/Clive Rose 11. Riley Meredith.
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