31st Match - Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers
21st January, Bellerive Oval 16:20 local | 05:20 GMT
As we reach the closing stages of the league round, Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers will take on each other in the 31st match of Big Bash League at Bellerive Oval with a hope to make it to the semi-final.
Scorchers had their fate in their own hands until they lost two out of their previous three games. It was their batting performance that has been a constant worry for them in the tournament as seen in the clash against Melbourne Stars where the top five were dismissed for single digit scores. Even though, Andrew Tye, Ashton Agar and Tim Bresnan tried to add some respect to the total, the Stars chased down 135 comfortably with seven wickets in hand.
With 32 runs from six matches, Shaun Marsh will be desperately hoping to get some form ahead of the crucial Test series in India while the likes of Michael Klinger and Ian Bell failed to carry on their form. Losing Mitchell Marsh to national duty (later injured) and Adam Voges to injury has disturbed the team's combination as well. However, Voges has been declared fit for the crucial game.
Hurricanes are playing a game after almost nine days when Ben McDermott's thunderous century powered them to a thrilling final delivery win chasing 223 against Melbourne Renegades. They have been highly inconsistent this season but what would have pleased them is without their in-form openers contributing, they went on to chase a record total in their previous game and will be desperate to turn it on Bellerive Oval on Saturday.
Scenario to make to semi-final:
Perth Scorchers: A win on Saturday can ensure them a place in the knock-out and if Melbourne Stars lose their final game against Sydney Sixers, the Scorchers can also be assured of a home semi-final. A defeat here will mean they will have to hope for other results to go in their favour to reach the next stage.
Hobart Hurricanes: Nothing short of a massive win can take them to the next round. Their net-run-rate is only better to Sydney Sixers and a win here can take them to maximum eight points which means it will come down to the net-run-rates. However, a defeat here will end their chances.
Hobart Hurricanes: Tim Paine (captain), D'Arcy Short, Kumar Sangakkara, Beau Webster, George Bailey, Dan Christian, Ben McDermott, Jake Reed, Cameron Boyce, Stuart Broad, Clive Rose, Hamish Kingston, Jon Wells.
Perth Scorchers: Adam Voges (captain), Ashton Agar, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Klinger, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Cameron Valente, Sam Whiteman.
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