2018-19 Big Bash League – Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder taking place? Friday, 28th December 2018 - 08:15 (UK)

Where is Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder taking place? Blundstone Arena

What is the expected weather for Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder? 22-24c with sunshine and clear skies all day

What channel is Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder on? Channel 7 & Fox in Australia & BT Sport 2 in the UK

Where can I stream Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match online via the BT Sport website

Where can I get tickets for Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder? http://www.hobarthurricanes.com.au/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Hobart Hurricanes W6, Sydney Thunder W2
Last meeting: Hobart Hurricanes beat Sydney Thunder by 9 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

HOBART HURRICANES

Coach: Adam Griffith

Captain: Matthew Wade

  • Hobart Hurricanes are one of three teams to have won both of their matches so far as they are coming off relatively comfortable victories against Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars so confidence is good as they come up against a fellow side with a 100% win ratio.

  • The batsmen have been on fire with Short, McDermott and Wade all looking to be in fine form so far while Jofra Archer is proving to be key with the ball having taken five wickets in the opening two matches.

  • Head coach Adam Griffith has virtually admitted that he has no intention of changing a winning team so there is every likelihood that we will see the same team that won last time out although they continue to look for a replacement for the injured Tymal Mills.

SYDNEY THUNDER

Coach: Shane Bond

Captain: Shane Watson

  • Sydney Thunder have won both of their opening two matches so far including the Sydney derby last time out as they have arguably been the most impressive team in BBL08 to date based on the first two rounds of matches.

  • Thunder have hit two of the four biggest totals so far in the competition which is a testimony to the quality of their batting and the depth of it too as even when the top four have struggled, the middle and lower order have still produced the goods.

  • Jono Cook made his debut last time out and took 1/17 from his four overs and similar to their opponents here, they will surely name an unchanged starting line-up after their performance last time out.

THE PREDICTION

Somebody’s unbeaten record has to go here and these two sides have been arguably the best two to date. Thunder especially have looked formidable with the bat and that has helped their bowlers out to a degree as it has put pressure on the opposition. The Hurricanes however have played well but it has been far from plain sailing for them. They have been tested in both games but have come through both and looked good doing so. They are more versed to dealing with adversity and that may just be the decisive factor for them against the Thunder.