Sydney Thunder have won five and lost seven out of 13 games. Thunder would be boosted by the availability of international stars Pat Cummins and Usman Khawaja both of whom are expected to be slotted straightaway in the playing eleven.
The team also boasts of both centurions of the tournament in Callum Ferguson and Shane Watson. Watson is expected to open the batting along with Mathew Gilkes while Khwaja will slot at number four.
Daniel Sams has picked up 15 wickets for the side while Fawad Ahmed is just behind him with 13 wickets. The bowling would be boosted by the return of Pat Cummins. After Johan Botha retired, Hobart Hurricanes have roped in Afghanistan leg-spinner Qais Ahmad who picked up two wickets in his first match. Spearhead James Faulkner has been rested because of a slight injury. Tim Paine is also expected to make the final eleven.
The onus will again be on openers D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade both of whom have been sensational in the tournament till now. While Short is on the verge of scoring six hundred runs, Matthew Wade is not far behind with 545 runs and has scored four half-centuries in his last five matches. Jofra Archer will lead the bowling attack along with Riley Meredith.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Sydney Thunder- Shane Watson, Matthew Gilkes, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Anton Devcich, Daniel Sams, Chris Jordan, Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed
Hobart Hurricanes- Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short, Tim Paine, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Clive Rose, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Qais Ahmad
Who will win? – Hobart Hurricanes
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder), D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fawad Ahmed (Sydney Thunder), Jofra Archer (Hobart Hurricanes)
Most Sixes – Usman Khawaja (Sydney Thunder), D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes)
Team Scores Batting First – Sydney Thunder 145+, Hobart Hurricanes 160+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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