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AS vs HH, Match 30, BBL 2022-23 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes, (AS vs HH, Match 30, BBL 2022-23)

Date: January 5, 2023 – 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers will be locking horns in match no. 30 of the Big Bash League 2022-23. The teams will meet for the second time in four days – at Adelaide Oval on Thursday, January 5th.

Adelaide Strikers sit fifth on the points table with six points from seven games. They started with three straight wins but have now lost four on the trot. The Strikers have a strong net run-rate which has kept them in good stead. Hobart Hurricanes also have six points but they have one more game in hand than the others. They have played six, winning three and losing three.

The two rivals clashed in Hobart on Monday, where the hosts won the match comfortably with 16 balls to spare. Chris Lynn was finally able to convert his start into a big innings, hammering 87 off 58 balls while Matthew Short carried his good form with a 26-ball 38 at the top. Colin de Grandhomme smashed 30 off 18 at the back end to push the total to 177/6.

The Hurricanes rejigged the batting order, opening with Caleb Jewell and Ben McDermott. The duo got them off to a great start, blasting 86 runs in just eight overs. Jewell scored 54 off 28 while McDermott smashed 53 in 33 balls to put the Hurricanes in a winning position. D’Arcy Short (27* off 22) and Tim David (27* off 13) then wrapped things up with an unbeaten partnership.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for AS vs HH, Match 30, BBL 2022

Adelaide Oval has historically been a very good venue for batting, with short square boundaries helping the batters. The average first innings score from over 75 T20s played at the venue stands at 165. However, the pitches have been more balanced since 2022, with the average batting first innings score reading 156.

The match is likely to be completed without any interruption as Adelaide should witness clear weather on Thursday evening with zero threat of rain. The temperature should be around 15°C in the evening.

Adelaide Strikers – Expected XI and Team News

Adelaide Strikers will be without their captain Peter Siddle, who sustained an injury on Monday. Harry Conway is likely to keep his place while Henry Thornton, who was rested in the previous game, returns for this game. Jake Weatherald has recovered from an injury and should take his place back from Henry Hunt.

Probable XI – Matthew Short, Jake Weatherald, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Harry Conway

Hobart Hurricanes – Expected XI and Team News

Shadab Khan and Jimmy Neesham have left the team for other commitments, with Faheem Ashraf coming in. The Hurricanes changed the batting order with D’Arcy Short moved down in the middle order. Zak Crawley has arrived and will slot into the top order.

Probable XI – Ben McDermott, Caleb Jewell, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade (c/wk), D’Arcy Short, Tim David, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith

Head to head record of AS vs HH

Total Encounters – 19

Adelaide Strikers Won – 11

Hobart Hurricanes Won – 8

Adelaide Strikers lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

Best Captaincy Picks for the AS vs HH match

Matthew Wade: Wicketkeeper Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

Matthew Wade has been in superb form, smashing 51 off 29 and 67 off 30 in two of the games this season. The left hand batter has a very good record in the league, with over 2300 runs at an average of 32 while striking at 141. Wade has hit 15 fifties and a hundred in the league.

Matthew Short: All-rounder, Adelaide Strikers

Matthew Short has been a key player for the Strikers, adding value with both bat and ball. He has scored 221 runs in seven games at 32 average and 133 strike rate with two half centuries. Short has also bagged 6 wickets with the ball at an economy of 6.25.

Ben McDermott: Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

Ben McDermott scored an excellent 53 off 33 in the previous game and can be a great captaincy option here. He’s one of the most prolific batters in the league, with 2226 runs at an average of 36 and strike rate of 139. McDermott has smashed three hundreds and 11 fifties in the league.

Top Differential Picks

Caleb Jewell: Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

Caleb Jewell was terrific in the previous game, taking the attack to the opposition. He scored 54 runs in just 28 balls with four fours and four sixes. Jewell is picked by 20% of the fantasy teams and can be a good differential.

Henry Thornton: Bowler, Adelaide Strikers

Henry Thornton hasn’t been at his best in the last couple of games he played but could be a good differential, having been picked by only 22% of the MPL teams. The fast bowler has snared 16 wickets in just six games with one five-for and a four-for.

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Harshal Patel of India during the first T20I between India and Sri Lanka held at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on the 3rd January 2023Photo by: Arjun Singh / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For those in India, you can watch the Big Bash League on Sony Sports Network. Watch the Adelaide Strikers vs Hobart Hurricanes match on Sony Sports 5 at 1:45 PM on Thursday. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Sony LIV. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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