Adelaide Strikers vs. Hobart Hurricanes
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Adelaide Strikers vs. Hobart Hurricanes
BB7 title odds:Adelaide Strikers: $4 with CrownBet.com.auHobart Hurricanes: $4.25 with CrownBet.com.au
Wednesday, January 17 from 7.40pm at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
A POTENTIAL home final is on the line this Wednesday night when the Adelaide Strikers host the rampaging Hobart Hurricanes.
We’ve got a beauty to dissect here.
The Hurricanes, coming off five wins on the trot, will start as the slight underdog against one of the competition’s surprise packets this season, the Strikers.
Both sitting at 5-2 after seven games, the winner could have one eye on the top spot if the Perth Scorchers were to stumble in their next match.
We’ve seen time and time again how important it is to finish top two and earn home finals in the BBL, so they’ve got it all to play for here.
There’s no hotter team in the competition than the Hobart Hurricanes.
The men in purple jumped into fourth position after doing what few teams have been able to accomplish this summer – beating the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba.
Led once again by the in-form left-hander D’Arcy Short with the bat and an even, tight performance with the ball, the Hurricanes restricted the Heat to 8/165 from their 20 overs and then chased down those runs with two overs to spare.
Short topped the scoring in the chase with 59, backing up his BBL-record setting 122 not out in his previous knock.
Such is Short’s dominance with the bat this season, the Tasmanian has 465 runs from 7 matches and is 180 runs ahead of the next run-scorer in the competition.
Combined with a solid, underrated batting line up that features a number of weapons and men that can clear the ropes, the Hurricanes are the real deal – moving into +325 at CrownBet.com.au to go all the way and win the title.
The Strikers are another team that not many expected to make the finals, but have quietly gone about their business with a host of lesser-lights doing the heavy lifting.
Alex Carey and Travis Head have enjoyed the Adelaide Oval pitch, while Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle and Rashid Khan continue to chip in with the ball.
While the bookies are finding it tough to split these two teams, the Strikers will have the advantage on their home deck.
The player markets for the important match are fascinating.
D’Arcy Short most runs odds and Strikers vs. Hurricanes high bat betting
In a game that we’re tipping the Hurricanes to win, we suspect it’s time for the Strikers’ top order to fail, opening the door for a fighting knock from Jake Lehman. Lehman, paying +800 to top the Strikers’ batting at CrownBet.com.au, has a lot to offer, given the opportunity. There’s value here for punters.
How could we go against the obvious player of the tournament?
Make no mistake, D’Arcy Short is the hottest T20 batsmen in Australia right now, for good reason.
With scores of 96, 97, 122 not out and 59 in his last four knocks, there’s a level of expectation surrounding the left-handed dynamo.
You’ll get +175 at CrownBet for Short to top the batting – the perfect multi filler to start your night.
Peter Siddle most wickets tips – Strikers vs. Hurricanes odds
Sids has been solid without being spectacular so far this summer.
The Victorian has been consistent in bowling his full complement of overs and a big bag of wickets is just around the corner. Siddle is paying $5.50, so you’ll get super value for an opening bowler.
We’re on spin again with Cameron Boyce. The Hurricanes’ leggy will be handful on this ground and has had real success in the past against the Strikers. Sitting at $4.25 to take the most wickets, he’s real value.
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