The Hobart Hurricanes head to Launceston for the second time this season as they take on the Adelaide Strikers in a crucial KFC BBL|09 clash.
After a frustrating no-result against the Sydney Sixers on Thursday night due to inclement weather, the Hurricanes enter the match-up with Adelaide in seventh position on the BBL ladder, with a record of 3-6.
Head Coach Adam Griffith has named an unchanged 13-man squad following the team’s no-result against the Sydney Sixers. The Sixers were 2/45 off 6.4 overs before the rain settled in which forced the match to be abandoned.
Last time we met...
BBL|08 – 31 January 2019
Matthew Wade’s destructive 88 off 54 balls wasn’t enough in our last matchup, as the Strikers chased the 170 required for victory in the 18th over.
Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald combined to put on 116 for the first Strikers wicket, with Weatherald finishing on 82 off only 42 deliveries.
Ben McDermott v Rashid Khan
One of Rashid Khan’s two wickets against the Hurricanes in last season’s match-up was Ben McDermott, who was adjudged LBW for 18.
Despite falling for one in the Hurricanes’ most recent batting innings against the Scorchers, McDermott has shown his quality throughout the BBL, with a top score of 51 not out against the Melbourne Renegades.
The Strikers have used Khan in various roles this season, with the Afghan spinner used in both the middle overs and the powerplay.
The burning question...
Can the Hurricanes break up that key partnership?
Against the Scorchers in Hobart, the Hurricanes took two early wickets before Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis put on 109 for the third wicket. In Sydney on Thursday night, Dan Hughes and Moises Henriques steadied the Sixers ship after Slive Rose and Scott Boland struck in the first four overs. If the Hurricanes can take key wickets and limit key opposition partnerships, it will go a long way to securing their fourth win of their BBL campaign.
It’s a big game for...
The Hurricanes spinner has had success in his last two BBL games, opening the bowling and restricting the opposition’s scoring rate. Rose will have a stern test against the Strikers should he open again, with the likes of Jake Weatherald and Travis Head to contend with.