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HH vs AS, Match 26, BBL 2022-23 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers, (HH vs AS, Match 26, BBL 2022-23)

Date: January 2, 2023 – 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers are set to collide in match no. 26 of the Big Bash League 2022-23 as the two sides look to grab crucial points. The contest will take place at the Hurricanes’ home Bellerive Oval on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Hobart Hurricanes haven’t found any rhythm yet and are placed seventh on the table with two wins out of five matches. In the previous game, they took a 62-run thrashing at the hands of Sydney Thunder on Saturday.

Their bowling attack was ripped apart on a good batting surface with short boundaries. Nathan Ellis picked 4 for 37 while they conceded 228/6. Matthew Wade kept Hobart in the game with a blistering 67 off 30 but once he fell, they kept losing wickets and were eventually bowled out for 166 in 17 overs.

Adelaide Strikers began the season on a high with three straight victories but now find themselves in the mid-table, having lost three in a row. In their most recent fixture, they fell eight runs short of the target versus Melbourne Stars.

Wes Agar was the standout bowler for them with 3 for 27 but the rest of the attack was hammered by Marcus Stoinis. Chasing 187, Henry Hunt made 49 off 40 at the top while Adam Hose remained unbeaten on 56 off 41. Rashid Khan smashed 14-ball 24 but 33 off the last two overs proved to be a steep task.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for HH vs AS, Match 26, BBL 2022

Hobart’s Bellerive Oval has generally been an excellent venue for batting with the average first innings score of 167 from 64 T20 matches. However, this season the pitches have had significant assistance for the bowlers and the average batting first score has dropped down to 142 for the year 2022.

Hobart is expected to be cloudy with some rain on Monday afternoon and evening. There’s over a 60% chance of precipitation with the temperature hovering around 15°C in the evening.

Hobart Hurricanes – Expected XI and Team News

Hobart Hurricanes could have Ben McDermott back for this game after missing two matches with a hamstring injury. Chris Tremain could also come into the side in place of Joel Paris, who has been expensive in the tournament.

Probable XI – D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (c/wk), Shadab Khan, Tim David, Asif Ali, James Neesham, Joel Paris/Chris Tremain, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith

Adelaide Strikers – Expected XI and Team News

Adelaide Strikers are likely to remain unchanged for this fixture. Jake Weatherald sustained an injury and he was replaced by Henry Hunt at the top of the order.

Probable XI – Matthew Short, Henry Hunt, Chris Lynn, Adam Hose, Colin de Grandhomme, Thomas Kelly, Harry Nielsen (wk), Rashid Khan, Wes Agar, Henry Thornton, Peter Siddle (c)

Head to head record of HH vs AS

Total Encounters – 18

Hobart Hurricanes Won – 7

Adelaide Strikers Won – 11

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

Best Captaincy Picks for the HH vs AS match

Matthew Wade: Wicketkeeper Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

The Hurricanes skipper smashed 51 off 29 and 67 off 30 in two of the four innings this season. Wade has a terrific record in the BBL, having scored over 2300 runs at an average of 32 and strike rate of 141. He has one century and 15 half centuries in the league.

Matthew Short: All-rounder, Adelaide Strikers

Matthew Short has been superb for the Strikers this season, scoring 183 runs at an average of 30 while striking at 131 with two half centuries. Short has also picked 6 wickets with the ball at an economy of just 4.92. With the form and all-round skill set, he’s a top captaincy pick.

Riley Meredith: Bowler, Hobart Hurricanes

Riley Meredith has been pretty good in the ongoing season, picking 9 wickets in five outings at a strike rate of 12.5. The speedster has taken 88 wickets in 68 T20 matches at 16.6 strike rate. He has taken two or more wickets in four games this season.

Top Differential Picks

D’Arcy Short: All-rounder, Hobart Hurricanes

D’arcy Short has had a terrible season so far but has a great record in the league. He has scored 2623 runs in the BBL at an average of 38 with two hundreds and 20 fifties. Picked by 40% fantasy teams, he can be a good differential pick. 

Wes Agar: Bowler, Adelaide Strikers

Wes Agar is picked by 36% MPL teams and offers great differential value. The pacer has picked 10 wickets in five games at a strike rate of just 9. He’s coming off 3/38 and 3/27 in the last two games. 

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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 Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers match on Sony Sports 5 at 1:45 PM on Monday. 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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