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HB vs ST, BBL 2021-22 Fantasy Preview, Predictions and MPL Top Picks

Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder, Big Bash League 2021 (HB vs ST)

Date: January 10, Monday, 08:40 AM IST

Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

Match 44 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 will see Hobart Hurricanes take on the Sydney Thunder at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday, January 10. The Chris Green-led Thunder are on a five-match winning streak, and are currently placed second on the points table with 26 points from 10 matches. Their most recent win came against the Melbourne Renegades, who were outdone by 129 runs. Batting first, the Thunder put up 209 on the board, in response to which the Renegades were bundled out for just 80. Alex Hale scored 63 of those runs, and his return to form will be a huge positive for the Sydney outfit.

Peter Handscomb-led Hurricanes, on the other hand, have 20 points from 10 matches and are subsequently placed fourth. After losing two back-to-back matches, they regained momentum with an eight-wicket win over Brisbane Heat in the previous game. After restricting the opponents to 144 in the first innings, a stellar knock of 93 runs by Ben McDermott helped Hurricanes cross the line with 16 balls remaining. McDermott has played some superior knocks this season, which includes two centuries.

Ahead of the match, let’s look at the head to head total of both the teams, the pitch report, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for HB vs ST  

A total of 53 BBL matches have been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, of which 29 have been won by the team batting first. The average 1st innings score in T20s is 158 runs. The highest BBL score here is 219-1 while the lowest is 68-10.

As for the weather update, the temperature will be around 22 degree Celsius. However, It is going to be cloudy and rain has been forecasted early in the morning.

Hobart Hurricanes team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Hurricanes won their last game with 16 balls remaining, but their batting was not tested much as Ben McDermott alone scored more than half of the runs. Among the bowlers, Sandeep Lamichhane was impressive with two wickets in four overs at an economy of only 5.75.

Predicted XI: Ben McDermott (wk), Caleb Jewell, Peter Handscomb (c), D’Arcy Short, Tim David, Tom Lammonby, Mitchell Owen, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane, Macalister Wright

Sydney Thunder team news and predicted XI

Team news: Alex Hales (63) and Daniel Sams (98) helped the Thunder post 209 against the Renegades, while seven wickets between Mohammad Hasnain, Gurinder Sandhu and Tanveer Sangha helped bowl out the opponents for just 80.

Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Matthew Gilkes, Jason Sangha (c), Ben Cutting, Baxter Holt (wk), Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Oliver Davies, Nathan McAndrew, Tanveer Sangha, Mohammad Hasnain

Head to head record

Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder have played 15 BBL matches between them, of which the Hurricanes have won 9 and the Thunder 6. When the two teams last met in the 2020-2021 edition, the Hurricanes won by six wickets.

HB vs ST: Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for HB vs ST.

Daniel Sams – All-rounder, Hobart Hurricanes

Daniel Sam’s batting had been sub-standard this season until the last game against the Renegades where he scored an unbeaten 98 off only 44 balls at a strike rate of 222.72. With the ball, the left arm medium pacer has 13 wickets in 10 games. The 29-year-old all-rounder has played 66 T20s from which he has an impressive strike rate of over 155. With the ball, he has taken 82 wickets at an average of 22.18. Sam’s price on the MPL app for the next game is 10 credits.

Alex Hales – Batter, Sydney Thunder

Alex Hale’s form had been a big concern for the Thunder in the first half of BBL 11. Although Hales did get starts, he was not able to convert them into a substantial knock. But the experienced batter delivered in the previous game against the Renegades with a brilliant half-century and will be looking to carry that form into the next game. Hales scored 63 off only 28 balls, hitting three boundaries and five maximums. The England international brings with him the experience of playing in several competitive franchise cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League and Caribbean Premier League. Besides that, Hales has also played 60 T20 internationals for England. He is priced at 9 credits.

Jason Sangha – Batter, Sydney Thunder

Jason Sangha has put up some match winning performances for the Thunder in the ongoing edition of the tournament. The right-hander has scored 294 runs from seven games at an average of 58.80 and a strike rate of 135.48. With the ball, Sangha has also picked up three wickets in four overs at an economy of 6. The 22-year-old has played only 20 T20s, but has an impressive average of over 33 and strike rate of 122.91. Sangha’s price for this game is 9.5 credits.

Ben McDermott – Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

In Hurricane’s previous game against the Heat, Ben McDermott missed out on his third century of the BBL 11 by just seven runs. The top order batter scored 93 off 61, which helped his side chase down 145 with 16 balls to spare. Earlier in this edition of the tournament, McDermott scored two back to back centuries. In 86 T20s, the 27-year-old has a batting average and strike rate of 33.58 and 133.59. He is priced at 10.5 credits.

D’Arcy Short – All-rounder, Hobart Hurricanes

The all-rounder has just one half-century in this edition of the tournament, but he has consistently put up valuable cameos. With the ball, however, D’Arcy has not been too effective. The 31-year-old has played 131 T20s, from which he has 4098 runs at an average of 34.72 and strike rate of 130.67. With the ball, he has taken 57 wickets. Short is priced at 9.5 credits.

HB vs ST: MPL Fantasy XI

HB vs ST – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the Big Bash League 11 matches in India. The Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder game will begin at 8:40 AM IST on January 10. 

Also read: Top 10 Fastest Bowlers in Cricket History

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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