HUR vs THU Dream11: The 31st match of this BBL will be between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder here at Perth Stadium in Perth. Both the teams are considerably well placed in the points table with 5 wins to each. Hobart Hurricanes possess a strong batting order which can be devastating on their day. With Short and McDermott at the top and No.1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan at No.3, the top order looks good. Short’s form this season will be a cause of concern for Hurricanes. Peter Handscomb’s late hitting in the last game was just not enough to win them the match but they will hope the skipper plays a decent innings this time around. Riley Meredith has bowled with serious pace and Sandeep Lamichhane’s entry into the eleven has boosted the bowling stocks.
Sydney Thunder meanwhile, have looked a decent side for the most part of the season. The balance of the team stands out and with three quality allrounders Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting and Chris Green. Sams has been ruled out of this match due to concussion which is a slight concern considering his form and skill with both bat and ball. With Hales, Khawaja and Ferguson at the top, the top order looks more or less settled. The allrounders have scored some quick runs consistently down the order. Adam Milne has bowled accurately at good pace. With a good blend of youth and experience, the Thunder looks a quality team.
HUR vs THU Dream11 match details
Fixture name: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder
Competition: Big Bash League 2020-21
Date: 7 January, 2021
Time: 12:40 PM IST
Ground: Perth Stadium, Perth
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Perth Scorchers 183/4 beat Sydney Sixers 97 all out (16.4 overs) by 86 runs on Jan 6, 2021.
HUR (recent last) W L W W L
THU (recent last) W W W W L
Points Table Standings: HUR 3, THU 2
Pitch Report: The wicket is expected to be fresh and seamers will enjoy bowling on this track. In the last match, it was evident that the wicket had considerable bounce and seam movement which the Sixers found difficult to contain. So expect fast bowlers to pick up some wickets. The weather will be clear throughout with no chance of rain though it will become partly cloudy by the evening time.
HUR vs THU Playing 11
HUR Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Charlie Wakim is not named in the squad for this match. Wade and Paine are on international commitments. All other players are available.
Expected team changes- The Hurricanes are expected to go with the same eleven despite losing the last game.
In-form McDermott will open with Short with Dawid Malan at No.3.
Handscomb, Ingram and Tim David will hold the middle order spots.
Boland and Meredith will be the frontline quicks with Lamichhane and Botha controlling the spin bowling.
HUR Playing 11 (probable)
B McDermott (wk)
P Handscomb (C)
THU Team News
Injury update, unavailability- Daniel Sams will be unavailable due to concussion that he suffered in the last match.
Expected team changes- Sams is expected to replaced by McAndrew from the last match. Thunder may also bring in the experienced Alex Ross in place of young Oliver Davies to boost the batting in absence of Sams.
Khawaja and Hales will keep opening the batting with skipper Ferguson at No.3.
Billings, Ben Cutting and one out of Ross and Davies will hold the middle order spots.
Milne, McAndrew and Tremain will be the quicks while young legspinner Tanveer Sangha and Chris Green will be the spin bowling options.
THU Playing 11 (probable)
C Ferguson (C)
S Billings (wk)
O Davies/ A Ross
HUR vs THU Today Match Prediction: Who will win HUR vs THU Dream11 match today?
Both the teams lost their last match but Sydney Thunder will start the match as favorites. The reason is the balance of their side which has a proper blend of youth and experience. Sams’ absence leaves a hole in the line-up because of the skill he possesses but Thunder still has two quality T20 allrounders in their side. Hurricanes went down fighting to the Stars in the last match but still are in a good position to qualify. Ben McDermott’s form at the top has been superb and is currently the leading run scorer of the season. With some bounce expected on the Perth wicket, expect fast bowlers to come into play in the HUR vs THU Today Match Prediction.
HUR vs THU Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks
B McDermott- McDermott has been the leading run scorer of the season and has hit the most sixes so far. He has played some big innings this season and should be expected to carry his good form.
T20 Career: Runs 1535, Avg. 32
McDermott in BBL 10: Runs 277, Avg. 55
D Malan- The world No.1 T20I batsman has got starts this season without really converting them into big ones. At No.3, he can make use of powerplay restrictions. On a bouncy Perth wicket, his role will be crucial against quality Thunder bowling attack.
T20 Career: Runs 6007, Avg. 34
Malan in BBL 10: Runs 155, Avg. 39
R Meredith- The fast bowler is tall and has bowled with good speeds around 145 kph and has looked threatening throughout the season. He can be a crucial player on a bouncy wicket with his height. His ability to pick up big wickets makes him a top pick in the HUR vs THU Dream11 Prediction.
T20 Career: Wkts 39, Bowl Avg. 21
Meredith in BBL 10: Wkts 12, Bowl Avg. 18
C Ferguson- The skipper has been the leading run scorer for his team so far. He is a consistent performer with the bat and also has the ability to play the spin well in the middle overs.
T20 Career: Runs 3055, Avg. 27
Ferguson in BBL 10: Runs 243, Avg. 40
A Hales- After a slow start to his season, Hales has looked in superb form and has provided his team some quick starts. With his tall height, he can be really dangerous in the powerplay and can take the attack to the opposition.
T20 Career: Runs 7627, Avg. 30
Hales in BBL 10: Runs 243, Avg. 35
T Sangha- The young legspinner has been superb in his debut season and has been talked highly by his coach. Sangha has been one of the highest wicket takers of the tournament and has taken some big wickets at crucial intervals.
T20 Career: Wkts 13, Bowl Avg. 13
T Sangha in BBL 10: Wkts 13, Bowl Avg. 13
D Short- Short has been a consistent BBL performer over the years but is having a disappointing season so far with the bat. He can be extremely dangerous in the powerplay and has the ability to play big, match winning innings.
T20 Career: Runs 3126, Bat Avg. 36, Wkts 43, Bowl Avg. 30
Short in BBL 10: Runs 122, Bat Avg. 15, Wkts 3, Bowl Avg. 40
B Cutting- The allrounder is a useful T20 cricketer who can create an impression with both bat and ball. He has already played many quick cameos with the bat lower down the innings this season. In Sams’ absence, he will have the responsibility to lead the batting order at the death.
T20 Career: Runs 2143, Bat Avg. 22, Wkts 124, Bowl Avg. 30
Cutting in BBL 10: Runs 104, Bat Avg. 26