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Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League Final Predictions and Match Preview - Hurricanes to win first title

Rippa Staff 3 Feb 2018
  • Strikers and Hurricanes will contest the Grand Final
  • Both sides are bidding to win their first BBL title
  • The two fixtures between the sides ended with a win each this season

Adelaide Strikers will host the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League Final on Sunday (February 4) at Adelaide Oval, with both sides aiming for their maiden BBL title.

What started as a vehicle of entertainment has provided much more than that. Big Bash has moved beyond being an entertaining T20 tournament into one of the most combative club tournaments in global cricket. 

This year’s edition BBL07 highlighted that, as we witnessed some riveting matches. Now, we are one match away from finding out the new champion.

While the Hurricanes dismantled Perth Scorchers in a spectacular fashion in the first semi-final, the Strikers needed last-ball heroics to go past Melbourne Renegades. 

Match Preview


The Strikers qualified second from the group stage and earned a home semi against the third-placed Renegades. Laid low by the absence of key performers Alex Carey and Billy Stanlake, but boosted by the return of Travis Head, the Strikers managed to pip the Renegades to the post.

It was an excellent exhibition of T20 awareness from the Strikers who never let their opponent run away with any situation. Thanks to their efforts, they haven’t just nailed a spot in their first-ever BBL final, but also earned a home final.

The Hurricanes wobbled into the semis after three successive defeats and needed help from the Renegades to pip the Heat to the fourth and final qualification spot. They started the semis on the back foot after losing their top performer D’Arcy Short to national duty.

That, however, did result in only spurring them to come up with a perfect game against defending champions Scorchers. Dismantling the Scorchers in front of their 50,000 hostile fans in Perth must now make the Hurricanes favourites and not underdogs.

Earlier in the season


The sides met twice this season sharing the spoils. While the Hurricanes rode on a Short special (96 from 58 balls) to win by seven-runs in Hobart, the Strikers repaid their due in Adelaide, cashing in on a Carey ton (100 from 56 balls). Call it coincidence, but both the players are out on national duty.

Who’s hot & who will be missed?


In the absence of Carey, the Strikers relied on their captain Head (330 runs, Avg. 47.14, SR 130.95) to extend the domination with the bat in the semis. With the ball, the Afghan magician Rashid Khan (18 wickets) and Ben Laughlin (16) continue to be the torchbearers. The late boost for the side is the availability of Carey, as the ‘keeper is released for the final. But Rashid is a notable absentee after linking up with Afghanistan.

The Hurricanes will once again rely on Ben McDermott (316 runs, Avg. 39.50, SR 142.34), although the returns of Matthew Wade (251 runs, Avg. 31.37, SR 137.15) have raised hopes of another win! With the ball, the exciting Jofra Archer (15 wickets) is leading their charge. They too got a boost with the dynamic Short released for the final.
 

Tips and Predictions


The Strikers hold a 5-3 edge over their opponents, although the last five results show the teams alternating the wins. Back the Hurricanes to win at odds of $2.00 (CrownBet).

Will Head continue to lead the way for the Strikers? Back the captain to be their top run scorer at odds of $3.75 (Ladbrokes).

With a new found enthusiasm, Wade looks to be all set to scorch the Strikers. Back Wade to score at least one six at odds of $2.20 (Ladbrokes).


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