Posted By: Nitin Riaan
Perth Scorchers will be hosting the league leaders Hobart Hurricanes on friday, 18th January. Hurricanes have looked phenomenal since the start of the 2018-19 Big Bash League (BBL). They have won 6 out of 7 games they have played so far. Scorchers had a steady start this season but have been able to match the pace of the league .
The Hurricanes are having a dream run this season and they are just two wins away from qualifying for the semi-finals with half a dozen matches left. Matthew Wade their skipper had lead the team from the front and has played some valuable knocks for his team. D’Arcy Short his opening partner is the leading run scorer of the team with 313runs in 7 games at an amazing average of 52.17.
Riley Meredith leads the chart for the side with the ball with 11 scalps in 7 matches in which he averages 18.55. Hobart Hurricanes defeated Melbourne Stars in their last match by 59 runs with the help of blistering knock of 96* played by D’Arcy Short. The same match Riley Meredith took four wickets but was overshadowed by Short’s innings.
Hurricanes Expected XI
Matthew Wade (C & WK), D’Arcy Short, Jake Doran, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose and Riley Meredith.
Scorchers are Chennai Super Kings (CSK) of Big Bash League (BBL) but unlike their previous seasons they are suffering at the bottom of the table just above the Melbourne Stars due a better run rate. Ashton Turner the captain of Scorchers has scored double the number of balls he has played.
He has so far stacked 300 runs in 8 matches at an outstanding average of 50 and strike rate of 200+.
Andrew Tye ,the leading wicket taker for them with 10 wickets at an average of 18.40 in 8 games.
Returning from suspension Bancroft’s 89 runs against Sixers helped Perth secure a 7 wicket win in their latest match. Perth can still directly qualify for the knockouts semis if they win 5 out of 6 of their remaining matches.
Scorchers Expected XI
Cameron Bancroft, Michael Klinger, Sam Whiteman (WK), Ashton Turner (C), Mitchell Marsh, Hilton Cartwright, David Willey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Usman Qadir.