Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes: Thursday 7:40pm AEDT at Optus Stadium, Perth
The pointy end of the Big Bash is finally here and as always, the Perth Scorchers are in the mix. They will be going up against the Hobart Hurricanes in the first semi-final as they look to make their 6th final in 7 years. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have only made one final in the history of the BBL.
|Scorchers v Hurricanes||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Perth Scorchers WIN ($1.57)|
|Top Scorchers Batsman||Cameron Bancroft ($4.00)|
|Top Hurricanes Batsman||Ben McDermott ($5.00)|
|Top Scorchers Bowler||Jhye Richardson ($3.50)|
|Top Hurricanes Bowler||Jofra Archer ($3.20)|
The Perth Scorchers were hampered by the loss of players throughout the tournament due to injury, and due to national team duties but they did not let it become an excuse and channeled their available resources brilliantly to end up at the top of the league table.
They go into the semi-final for their first game at the new Perth Stadium as the clear favorites. The Perth Scorchers will be without Ashton Agar and Andrew Tye for this match but will welcome back Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh.
The pitch at the Perth Stadium had good pace and offered up something for both the batsmen and the bowlers in the last ODI of the Australia-England series and the Wolf expects the same this time around.
The Scorchers have an incredibly balanced lineup with plenty of options in both the batting and the bowling departments with only their spin options looking a little bare.
The Hobart Hurricanes are going to need something special to win this match. They will not have D’Arcy Short available to them as he gets ready to make his Australia debut and that leaves a big hole in their lineup.
Even without him, though, the Hurricanes are not a weak batting team. They have Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Alex Doolan, Dan Christian, and Simon Milenko to provide them the runs. Their bowlers also pack some serious heat that could be a challenge on the fast, bouncy, wicket expected for this match.
Tim Paine, who has been very successful for the Hurricanes in the past opening the batting, will also be available for this match.
It is hard to overcome the loss of a batsman like D’Arcy Short but definitely not impossible and something that the Hurricanes will back themselves to do.
Head to Head
The Perth Scorchers have a 6-2 record against the Hobart Hurricanes. They have won the last 6 matches straight against the Hurricanes. Their win against the Hurricanes was relatively comfortable this year in the group stages of the tournament as well.
The Hurricanes lost their last match to the Melbourne Stars but did end up scoring 185 runs without any contribution from Short. The Perth Scorchers, though, look just a little too strong and should be able to combat anything that the Hurricanes throw at them.
Top Perth Scorchers Batsman
Cameron Bancroft has been in unbelievable form for the Perth Scorchers and has elevated their batting to a whole different level. He has 193 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 133.10 and looks set to carry that form into the knockouts. He also likes the ball coming on the bat, which it most certainly will in this match.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman
The Wolf is a huge fan of Ben McDermott and thinks he has it in him to be a fantastic player for Australia down the line. He clears the field with ease, plays bounce very well, and has yet to really play that definitive knock this season. With 249 runs, McDermott is the second highest scorer for the Hurricanes, has a healthy strike rate of 129.68, and has hit the second most sixes (9) for the Hurricanes as well.
Top Perth Scorchers Bowler
Jhye Richardson was very impressive in his time with the national team and showed that he belongs at the highest level. He was picked in large because of the form he has shown in the Big Bash this season. Richardson has 7 wickets to his name and should be a handful at the new Perth Stadium.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Bowler
Jofra Archer was a bit of an unknown before this Big Bash stint but has used the tournament to become one of the hottest players around the world. He has bowled with pace and picked up 15 wickets so far, almost twice that of the next best bowler in his team. Archer will need to put in his best performance if the Hurricanes are to have a chance at stopping the Scorchers. He will also enjoy the extra zip that the Perth Stadium pitch will provide.