The Hobart Hurricanes will take on the Sydney Thunder for Match 17 of the WBBL. The match is scheduled to take place on 30th October at the University of Tasmania Stadium at 12:40 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The Thunder have remained unbeaten in the tournament so far and will hope to continue their winning streak. On the other hand, the Hurricanes will try their best to get the two points and increase their run rate to get in a better position on the points table.
Hobart Hurricanes: Nicola Carey, Maisy Gibson, Heather Graham, Ruth Johnston, Hayley Silver-Holmes, Amy Smith, Molly Strano, Rachel Trenaman (injured), Elyse Villani, Shabnim Ismail, Bryony Smith, Emma Manix-Geeves, Lizelle Lee, Naomi Stalenberg, Julia Cavanough, Tabatha Saville
Sydney Thunder: Hannah Darlington, Ebony Hoskin, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Claire Moore, Olivia Porter, Lauren Smith, Marizanne Kapp, Heather Knight, Lauren Bell, Tahlia Wilson, Saskia Horley, Paris Bowdler, Chamari Athapaththu
Players to watch out:
Chamari Athapaththu has been in incredible form during the tournament. She has won the Player of the Match award in both the games that the Sydney Thunder have played. In the first game against the Sixers, she scored 52 runs and took 3 wickets for 20 runs. In the match against the Renegades, she scored a spectacular 80 off 54 balls and took 1 wicket for 20 runs. The Hurricanes will have to watch out for her.
20-year-old Phoebe Litchfield will be a player to watch out for. She is regarded as a future star and already has records to her name. In just her second WBBL match she became the youngest player to score a half century. Since then in 52 matches, she has amassed 903 runs at an average of 23.15. The team will be counting on her to win this game.
Lizelle Lee is a prolific batter on the Hobart Hurricanes side. In 82 T20Is she has amassed 1896 runs at an average of 25.62 and a high score of 101. However, she has recorded dismal scores of 0, 5, and 21 in the tournament so far. The Hurricanes will hope that she bounces back to form in this game.
31-year-old Molly Strano will be a player to watch out for. She is one of the most reliable and consistent bowlers in the domestic circuit in Australia. In the 114 WBBL games she played, she has taken 137 wickets at an economy of 6.57. Her best figures so far are 5/15. She is a player that the Hurricanes will be counting on to win the game.
The pitch at the University of Tasmania Stadium provides conditions favorable for batting. At the venue, pacers in particular can expect some assistance.
Rainy weather is to be expected during the game. The temperature will be around 23 degrees Celsius while the humidity will be 70%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Lizelle Lee, Tahlia Wilson, Heather Knight, Phoebe Litchfield, Chamari Atapattu, Marizanne Kapp, Heather Graham, Shabnim Ismail, Molly Strano, Hannah Darlington, Elyse Villani
Date – 30th October, 2023
Time – 12:40 PM, IST
Venue – University of Tasmania Stadium
Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on the FanCode App and Website.
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