The 43rd match of BBL 2020-21 will be played between Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes at Manuka Oval, Griffith, Australia on 18th January 2021.

The striking battle between the two sides will start at 1:45 PM IST. It will be aired live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD and can also be streamed live on the Sony LIV app.

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Preview: Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes, 43rd Match

The 43rd match of the Big Bash League will be played between the team that placed at the 2nd position on the points table and the team that’s occupying the 5th position. Sydney Thunder has played 10 BBL matches so far and have won 6 of them. In their previous encounter against Perth Scorchers, the Thunder lost the game by 17 runs. So, they’ll look to get back to winning ways in the next game. Sydney Thunder has garnered 23 points in the league so far.

Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, have performed poorly in their last few matches. They’ve played 10 BBL matches till now and have managed to register a victory in half of them. In their previous match against Perth Scorchers, the Scorchers won the game by 9 wickets at the Optus Stadium. The Hurricanes have 19 points to their name.

Weather report

The weather at Manuka Oval on Monday is forecasted to be partly cloudy. An average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and humidity of 23% is expected during the game.

Pitch report

The Manuka Oval has hosted relatively few matches, so it’s somewhat difficult to assess how the pitch might play for the next game. But considering the history, the pitch would favor the batsmen of both sides.

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes probable playing XIs

Sydney Thunder: Probable XI

Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew.

Bench

Brendan Doggett, Matthew Gilkes, Arjun Nair, Jason Sangha, Jonathan Cook, Adam Milne, Baxter Holt.

Hobart Hurricanes: Probable XI

Peter Handscomb(c), Ben McDermott(wk), Nathan Ellis, Johan Botha, D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane.

Bench

Jake Doran, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Tim Paine, Keemo Paul, Will Parker, Matthew Wade, Nick Winter, Mac Wright.

Wicketkeepers: Ben McDermott

Batsmen: Dawid Malan, Colin Ingram, Tim David, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja

All-rounders: Ben Cutting, D’Arcy Short

Bowlers: Riley Meredith, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew

Top picks for Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes

Usman Khwaja has been performing quite well in BBL 2020-21. In 10 matches, Khwaaja has aggregated 241 runs at an average of 26.78 and strike rate of 135.9. His highest score in this year’s BBL is 49.

Alex Hales has been phenomenal in BBL 10. The right-hander has played 10 BBL matches so far and has amassed 323 runs at an average of 32.30 and strike rate of 161.50. Also, Hales has garnered the ‘Player of the Match’ title 2 times in this year’s BBL.

Man of the match prediction

Alex Hales is predicted to be the Man of the Match in the next game.

Winner prediction

The Hurricanes had a good start in BBL 2020-21, but have experienced a downfall in form lately. Out of their previous 5 matches, they’ve failed to register a victory in three matches consecutively. Speaking of Sydney Thunder, they’ve also lost their last two games. So, both sides will be looking to win the upcoming game. But considering the pitch condition at the Manuka Oval and the fact that the Thunder outperformed the Hurricanes in their previous encounter, Callum Ferguson’s men are the favorite to win this one.

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