Hobart Hurricanes will look to book their second win in a row in the 2020 Big Bash League season when they take on Adelaide Strikers on Sunday.
Hurricanes won their first clash against Sydney Sixers in the opening match of BBL. Hurricanes produced an all-round display to beat Sixers in the last clash. Colin Ingram and Tim David struck a fifty each, while James Faulkner impressed with 2/22. Riley Meredith chipped in with 2 wickets as well. Hurricanes will continue to be without their regular skipper Mathew Wade and will be led by keeper-batsman Peter Handscomb.
Adelaide Strikers will be also without their regular skipper Travis Head as he is part of the Australia squad for the Test series against India. Peter Siddle is most likely to lead the team when they face the Hurricanes on Sunday. Rashid Khan will be their trump card again but he won't be available throughout the season due to international commitments.
Match Toss Time: 13:40 Local (08:10 IST)
Match Start Time: 14:10 Local (08:40 IST)
Match Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart
The weather is expected to be cloudy, with temperatures hovering around 13 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius. Rain is unlikely, and hence, a full match is guaranteed.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart is a good track to bat on. The BBL 2002 opener on this ground saw 340 runs being scored. The second match saw Melbourne Renegades wrapping up a small target in the 17th over. Overall, it's a good track to bat on.
Hurricanes will be confident after registering their first win of the season in the opening match of the tournament. They would bank again on the team's effort to get the job done for them in the clash against Strikers. However, Hurricanes would hope for a decent start from the openers – Will Jacks and D'Arcy Short – who both fell for ducks in the opening match against Sydney Sixers.
Strikers would miss the services of their regular skipper Head who is on international duty. It would be their first match of the season, and they would hope to get on a winning start. A lot rests on Rashid Khan to do the job for them as he has done before in the previous Big Bash seasons.
Probable Playing XI
Adelaide Strikers: Phil Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Short, Matt Renshaw, Jono Wells, Harry Nielsen (keeper), Rashid Khan, Peter Siddle (captain), Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, and Daniel Worrall.
Hobart Hurricanes: Will Jacks, D'Arcy Short, Colin Ingram, Peter Handscomb (captain & keeper), Tim David, Mac Wright, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis, Johan Botha, Riley Meredith, and James Faulkner.
AS vs HH Fantasy Team
D'Arcy Short (HH), Colin Ingram (HH), Matt Renshaw (AS), Jonathan Wells (AS), Peter Handscomb (HH), Tim David (HH), James Faulkner (HH), Riley Meredith (HH), Rashid Khan (AS), Peter Siddle (AS), Danny Briggs (AS)
Captain picks: Rashid Khan (AS) and James Faulkner (HH)
Vice-captain picks: Tim David (HH) and Colin Ingram (HH)
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