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Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League Preview and Predictions - Finals rivals clash

Rippa Staff 18 Jan 2018

With just two matches left for both the sides, the Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes are busy charting out their path to the finals.

The defending champions Scorchers are in a better position, but that will count for nothing when the two sides come face-to-face at the WACA on Saturday, January 20. 

With the race to the top-spot so tight, this match has all the makings of a close encounter.

Match Preview

The Scorchers have 12 points from eight matches and are second in the points tally, only behind the Strikers by net run rate (NRR). They can qualify for the finals with 12 points as well, but a win will confirm their position. Knowing how the Scorchers plan, don’t expect them to leave things for their last group match.

The Hurricanes saw their winning run halted at five by the Strikers, and they find themselves third in the table with ten points. To make it to their first knockouts in four seasons, the Hurricanes need a couple of wins, although one win could also carry them through.

This is an encounter that has been by bossed by the Scorchers – at least in the recent times. They have won five out of their seven games against the Hurricanes – all five consecutively coming into this match.

Match Significance

The Scorchers are better placed with 12 points, but a win will dispel any doubts of qualification. They will face the Stars in their final group match which means all is not lost even if they go down in this match. However, there is the additional benefit of gaining home turf advantage for the finals.

For the Hurricanes, the route is clear – they need to win both their remaining matches to be guaranteed of qualifying. Otherwise, they will have to depend on other results going in their favour.

Who’s Hot & Who’s Not?

As is their tradition, the Scorchers have been collective in collecting runs – Hilton Cartwright (226 runs, avg. of 37.66, SR of 115.30) leading the charge. With the ball, after losing Andrew Tye to national duty, Mitchell Johnson (seven wickets, economy of 5.67) has been their shining beacon. The worry is their inconsistent form in the last four outings – two wins and two losses.

For the Hurricanes, think nothing beyond D’Arcy Short (493 runs, avg. of 70.42, SR of 150.76) who is leading the batting charts for BBL07. The Barbadian super-quick Jofra Archer is their best bowler (14 wickets, economy of 7.15). The biggest worry for the Hurricanes is the fact that beyond Short, they seem to struggle for batting consistency – barring Ben McDermott (220 runs, avg. of 36.66, SR of 141.02).

Tips and Predictions

This could be a very interesting clash because both sides will look to get that crucial win to seal their path into the finals. The Scorchers are unbeaten at the WACA this season and should continue that trend. Back the hosts at odds of $1.77 (CrownBet).

The presence of Short tempts us to back the Hurricanes to score more in the first six overs at odds of $1.91 (Ladbrokes).


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Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League Preview and Predictions - Finals rivals clash

The Perth Scorchers and the Hobart Hurricanes are charting out their path to the finals and come face-to-face at the WACA on Saturday, January 20.

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