Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers – Jan 13

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January 13, 2020

Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers

Venue: Blundstone Arena | Start: 7:10pm (AEDT)

Hobart Hurricanes – The Hurricanes have won just one of their last five and should they fall again here to the Scorchers, their quest for the BBL09 finals series could be in serious doubt. They were outclassed on Saturday night against the Thunder, conceding a 96-run opening stand from Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja which all but snuffed out any hopes of defending their 6/162. The decision to bat Simon Milenko at number three backfired, the big all-rounder sputtering his way to 17 off 21 at the crucial stage of their innings. South African David Miller, a man who has the fastest ever T20 international century, faced just five balls in the final overs as the Canes didn’t quite calibrate their tactics on the night.

While Milenko’s BBL09 campaign remains an unmitigated disaster (just 49 runs and 3 wickets in 8 games) and Miller is still yet to fire, veteran George Bailey made a welcome return to form with 43 off 30 against the Thunder. And it’s here that they’ve struggled in recent games, the middle order output simply not enough. Against a big hitting Scorcher outfit not lacking depth in the middle order, this is perhaps where the game will be won and lost on Monday night.

Perth Scorchers – The Scorchers were ruthless with the bat in their Saturday night win over the Heat and yet again, skipper Mitch Marsh (93 off 41) led the way. Ably supported by Cameron Bancroft (41 off 29), the pair put on 124 (60) to to post a huge 3/213 – the highest total of BBL09 and third-highest ever total in the competition’s history. Marsh’s incredible knock took him to third on this season’s run tally, overtaking his brother Shaun.

The win showcased their brutal power hitting and importantly saw them back to winning ways at home after two straight losses at Optus Stadium. Openers Josh Inglis and Liam Livingstone also went big yet again, as they continue a productive BBL09 in which they’ve got their side off to a flyer on several occasions. And travelling to Blundstone Arena for this one, they’ll be licking their lips at the smaller confines of the ground. Joel Paris (2/29) was the pick of the bowlers on Saturday night in his first game since before Christmas. His return to form will be of huge important to coach Adam Voges who has somewhat struggled with out-and-out seam options this season.

Betting Analysis – The Canes have played just twice thus far at Blundstone Arena in BBL09, with one win and one loss. The last game played here saw the Heat plunder 3/212 – the fourth-highest ever in Big Bash history. And against the big-bodied Scorchers top six, there’s every chance this clash will be yet another high-scoring encounter. For the Canes, look for Wade to dominate with the bat on a pitch he knows better than most. With the ball, Qais Ahmad is the Hurricanes’ joint leading wicket taker in BBL09 with 10 (alongside Riley Meredith, out for the remainder of the season) and remains a strong wicket taking option. For the Scorchers, the small confines of Blundstone should see either one of Inglis or Livingstone go big but look for the Englishman to stamp his mark on the Apple Isle. With the ball, another leggie – Fawad Ahmed – is also a strong option in the individual markets.

Head to Head: Perth Scorchers
Top Runs Scorer – Hobart Hurricanes: Matthew Wade
Most Wickets – Hobart Hurricanes: Qais Ahmad
Top Runs Scorer – Perth Scorchers: Liam Livingstone
Most Wickets – Perth Scorchers: Fawad Ahmed