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Shane Watson odds & BBL specials for Thunder vs. Hurricanes

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    BBL07 - Thunder vs. Hurricanes

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      Sydney Thunder: $13 at Sportsbet
      Hobart Hurricanes: $29 at CrownBet

Monday, January 1, 2018 – 6:10pm AEDT – Spotless Stadium, Sydney

PUNDITS and punters alike were expecting a tight clash when these two teams met only a few days ago.

What eventuated could not have been farther from it.

Jos Buttler (67) and Shane Watson (41) starred with the bat as the Sydney Thunder posted 166 at Launceston on Saturday night.

That target was never threatened as spinners Fawad Ahmed (2/14), Arjun Nair (2/17) and Chris Green (2/30) bundled out their hosts for a measly 109.

The result leaves the Green Machine with two wins from four games and a big chance to bolt into the top four.

Things are far less promising for the Hobart Hurricanes.

The men in purple appear destined for the wooden spoon after failing to attract any big-name signings in the off season.

A lack of bowling depth puts all the pressure on an ageing group of batsmen who have failed to fire thus far.

It should surprise nobody that the ‘Canes have firmed into +140 at Sportsbet to finish bottom of the table.

Shane Watson tips and bet specials

Shane Watson BBL odds WilliamHill.com Neds Big Bash betting Aaron Finch betting at Sportsbet BBL
Man of the match +650 +650 +500
Top Thunder runscorer +220 +250 +210
To score 50 +325 +300
Top Thunder wicket-taker +500 +600 +450

Is Shane Watson the early favourite for player of the tournament?

The veteran allrounder has passed 40 in three of four innings to lead the competition with 186 runs at 46.50 and a strike rate of 146.45.

No wonder Sportsbet has brought him into +600 to finish the season as top runscorer.

Back Watson in any and all of the major batting options and consider a cheeky tenner on top wicket-taker as well.

Thunder vs. Hurricanes match prediction

The Thunder made a big statement with their win in Tasmania on Saturday.

That performance showed they were not content to be lumped with also-rans such as the Hurricanes.

Another display of that calibre on New Year’s Day would set them up for a strong run into the business end of the Big Bash League season.

The ‘Canes and their old heads were so very disappointing down in Launceston.

How can you show any faith in a team after a night like that?

The one big positive is Jofra Archer, who should figure prominently in your thinking for top Hurricanes wicket-taker.

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