Preview: Match 53 – Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder | Squad | Players to watch | Fantasy Playing XI

The 53rd match of the seventh edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Thunder at the Harrup Park in Mackay on November 20. Both the teams have won only four out of the 13 matches played. In their last meeting with each other, Sydney Thunder beat Hobart Hurricanes by 37 runs.

Match 53 – Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder
Match 53 – Hobart Hurricanes vs Sydney Thunder

Squads

Hobart Hurricanes:

Rachel Priest (c & wk), Ruth Johnston, Mignon du Preez, Nicola Carey, Richa Ghosh, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Sasha Moloney, Tayla Vlaeminck, Belinda Vakarewa, Amy Smith, Angelina Genford, Maisy Gibson, Chloe Rafferty, Rachel Trenaman

Sydney Thunder:

Samantha Bates, Hannah Darlington, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Kate Peterson, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Tahlia Wilson, Corinne Hall, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Isabelle Wong

Players to watch out for

Ruth Johnston:

The all-rounder from Hobart Hurricanes was the player of the match in her last outing against Melbourne Renegades. With the bat, the opening batter top scored with 63 runs off 46 balls, including eight boundaries and a six. She played a crucial role in helping her side get to a score of 161 in 20 overs. With the ball, the right arm seamer scalped 2-17 in her four overs. She picked up the key wickets of Harmanpreet Kaur and Jess Duffin.

Sasha Moloney:

The right arm-off spinner was the most successful bowler for Hobart Hurricanes in their last match against Melbourne Renegades. She wrecked havoc with the figures of 3-17 in her three overs. She accounted for one wicket in each of her overs. She bowled tight lines and lengths, not allowing the batters to score freely of her.

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Samantha Bates:

The left arm spinner, who opened the bowling for Sydney Thunder against Brisbane Heat had a wonderful outing as she claimed 2-25 in her four overs. She picked up the wickets of Grace Harris and Laura Kimmince in the same over. She was consistent with her bowling as she pitched in the right areas for the majority part of her spell.

Sammy Jo-Johnson:

The all-rounder contributed with both bat and ball during the match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat. Opening the batting, she struck a delectable half-century scoring 52 runs off just 36 balls, including six boundaries and a six. With the ball, she picked up 1-32 in her three overs.

Weather

The weather is expected to be sunny and pleasant. There is no chance of precipitation through the course of the match. The average temperature will be around 28 degrees Celsius. The wind is expected to blow from the east.

Pitch

Out of the seven matches that have been played here, teams batting first have won four matches, while the teams batting second have won three matches. The last match was a high-scoring encounter as over 300 runs were scored. Out of the 14 wickets that fell, seamers accounted for six wickets while spinners picked up five wickets. There were three run-outs.

Fantasy playing XI

Rachael Priest, Smriti Mandhana, Mignon du Preez, Phoebe Litchfield, Sasha Moloney, Ruth Johnston, Nicola Carey, Sammy Jo-Johnson, Molly Strano, Tayla Vlaemicnk, Hannah Darlington

Match details

Date: November 20, 2021

Time: 10.10 am IST

Venue: Harrup Park, Mackay

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Live streaming: Sony LIV

I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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