The cricket bonanza continues with the 50th match of the exciting Australia T20 League. Scheduled on 24 January, the fixture will feature Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder at Blundstone Arena (or Bellerive Oval Stadium). The match will kick-start at 12:40 PM. It will be a vital face-off for both the franchises as winning this match will affect their current standings on the points table. While seventh-ranked Hurricanes need to jump a few steps upward, Thunders will look to maintain their position at fifth.
Hurricanes’ winless streak came to an end after four matches when they confronted Melbourne Renegades in the previous encounter. They have won 4 out of 12 matches and earned 9 points in total. The team will bank on Matthew Wade, and David Miller for batting and in the bowling department, Scot Boland, and Qais Ahmad are likely to shine out.
Sydney Thunder has sealed victory in 5 out of 12 matches they have played so far. They are entering the contest after a big 8-wicket defeat against Perth scorchers in their last match. They have showcased an average performance so far throughout the tournament. With a great batting line-up consisting of Callum Ferguson, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, and Usman Khawaja, Thunders will play long innings. Chris Morris and Daniel Sams are expected to lead the bowling attack and scalp important wickets.
Pitch Report & Weather Conditions
The pitch at the Blundstone Arena stadium is known to be slow in pace early and then gradually flatten out as the match progresses. The weather will wreak havoc on the ground as thunderstorm is expected on Friday, with 12 to 18-degree Celsius temperature and humidity levels rising up to 61%.
Probable Playing XI
Matthew Wade (wk), Caleb Jewell, Jake Doran, George Bailey, Ben McDermott (C), David Miller, Clive Rose, Thomas Rogers, Nathan Ellis, Qais Ahmad, Scott Boland.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (C), Alex Ross, Jay Lenton, Daniel Sams, Chris Morris, Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Brendan Doggett, Liam Bowe.