Hurricanes v Strikers Cricket Big Bash League Predictions & Betting Tips
The Hobart Hurricanes host the Adelaide Strikers Thursday night at their second home, the University of Tasmania Stadium in Launceston. This match is a replay of last season’s BBL grand final but you wouldn’t know it judging by the form of the visiting team.
Hurricanes Can Lay One Hand on BBL Trophy
The Hurricanes took revenge for last season’s grand final loss on January 21 when they beat the Strikers by 10 wickets at Adelaide Oval. The Strikers scored a decent 5/154, but the Hurricanes needed only 16.5 overs to win the match without losing even one wicket. Matthew Wade was the top scorer for Hobart with an unbeaten 84 from 49 runs.
Hobart can sink the boot in even further on their home patch on Thursday. A win to the Hurricanes would virtually assure them of top spot and a home semi-final. They could also end the Strikers’ dream of going back to back. The Strikers have lost three matches in a row, and more importantly they’ve taken just four wickets in that time. They need to win their last three to have a chance of making the semi-finals.
Hurricanes v Strikers BBL Betting Tips
Given the disparity in form between these two teams, the Hurricanes are deserved favourites. They haven’t lost on either of their home grounds this season (Launceston or their primary ground, Hobart’s Blundstone Arena). It’s unlikely they’ll drop this match and its worth taking note of their attractive 1.56 odds at Unibet.
Hobart’s Matthew Wade has been in scintillating form, scoring 160 runs in his last three T20 innings including two half-centuries. He’s ranked second in the Big Bash League for scoring with 399 runs, behind teammate D’Arcy Short with 541.
PointsBet is quoting 3.75 for Wade to top score in the Hurricanes-Strikers match, ahead of Short at 4.00. Short is 6.00 in man of the match betting, ahead of Wade at 8.00.