Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes: Sunday 4:30pm AEDT at Adelaide Oval
A resounding performance by the Hobart Hurricanes and a thrilling win for the Adelaide Strikers has catapulted the two teams into the grand final of BBL 07. The match will be played at the Adelaide Oval and it is safe to say that a packed house supporting the Strikers is guaranteed. With both the teams playing a very different brand of cricket, the Wolf expects a tight fight for the championship.
|Strikers v Hurricanes||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Adelaide Strikers WIN ($1.80)|
|Top Strikers Batsman||Travis Head ($3.50)|
|Top Hurricanes Batsman||Ben McDermott ($5.00)|
|Top Strikers Bowler||Travis Head ($9.00)|
|Top Hurricanes Bowler||Jofra Archer ($3.20)|
The Adelaide Strikers won their semi-final by just one run from positions when it seemed that they had all but lost. Travis Head came back from the Australian squad to play an unbelievable role in the victory.
The Strikers will be without their ace spinner, Rashid Khan, who is going to return to duty for Afghanistan and that will be a big loss to them. Khan has easily been their best bowler this entire season. With Billy Stanlake also set to miss out on the final match, the Strikers are missing some serious firepower.
Only a couple of players need to come good in a T20 match, though, as Travis Head and Jake Weatherald showed for the Strikers. The batting should not be too much of a concern with the form that Travis Head showed but it is the bowling that will be under pressure in this match.
Mathew Wade and Ben McDermott were the stars of the semi final win over the Scorchers, and were helped by a few useful cameos along the way as well.
Tim Paine, George Bailey, Dan Christian and Simon Milenko make the Hurricanes a very decent batting lineup. Probably, the biggest surprise of the first semi-final was the performance of the inexperienced Hobart Hurricanes bowling.
Thomas Rodgers, Riley Meredith (on debut), and Clive Rose don’t make for a particularly threatening bowling attack. Jofra Archer is the one real threat and even though Dan Christian took four wickets in his last match, he is not the most dependable of bowlers anymore.
There are obvious strengths and weaknesses of both sides.
Head to Head
The Adelaide Strikers hold a 5-3 advantage over the Hurricanes in the Big Bash. The two teams played two matches this year and won one match each. The Hobart Hurricanes have won only one match out of the four played at the Adelaide Oval and that one win was way back in 2011.
The Adelaide Strikers are a different team with and without Travis Head. The Strikers have home advantage, a better bowling attack and a batsman in terrific form. The Hurricanes will have to do truly something special to be able to pull off a win in this match.
Top Adelaide Strikers Batsman
When a man is in the form that Travis Head is in, the Wolf recommends that you just ride his coat tails until it lasts. Head now has 330 runs in the tournament and scored 85 not out in his last innings. He is also bowling very well, a sign of confidence in his game. With a very inexperienced bowling attack likely to come up against him, Travis Head should be able to really take full advantage.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman
The Wolf is a huge fan of Ben McDermott and loved his innings in the semi-final. It was a much better innings than Mathew Wade’s knock in a lot of respects and was the real difference between a good score and the great score that the Hurricanes got. McDermott is a clean hitter of the cricket ball and is perfectly poised to take advantage of the small square boundaries at the Adelaide Oval.
Top Adelaide Strikers Bowler
This may seem like a left-field choice but the Wolf is going with Travis Head as the pick for top bowler. He is available at an unbelievable price considering the fact that he is almost certain to bowl his full quota of overs. Head is pretty difficult to get away and could pick up a lot of wickets if the Strikers end up defending a decent total.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Bowler
Leaving out Cameron Boyce and Tymal Mills was an unexpected choice but the Wolf is not sure if the Hurricanes will do the same thing again. Choosing Jofra Archer is a more reliable choice in this position. Archer has been brilliant throughout the season and performed particularly well in the big moments. The BBL final is as big as it gets and the Wolf is betting on another superstar performance from Archer.