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Big Bash preview: Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes

Adelaide Strikers looked to be down and out after winning just one of their first six games in the Big Bash League this season, but a nine-wicket thrashing of Perth Scorchers has given them a huge lift.

Next up is a clash with Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, with the visitors having suffered a one-run rain-affected defeat against standings leaders Brisbane Heat on Sunday.

That loss leaves the Hurricanes scrapping to secure a top-four finish and with the Strikers also desperate for a win, we should be in for a cracker.

WhatAdelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes
WhereAdelaide Oval, Adelaide
When19:40 (AEDT) Tuesday 9th January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo

Strikers top order crucial to success

Matthew Short, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn saw the Strikers home against the previously unbeaten Scorchers with nearly four overs to spare, with the former of the two Shorts continuing his outstanding season to date.

He passed 50 for the fifth time in six innings and has now made 84 more runs than any other batter in the BBL this term, with team-mate Lynn next on the list, while D’Arcy Short also lies inside the top ten runscorers.

Matthew Short has also hit more sixes than any other batter, having cleared the ropes 17 times, one more than Melbourne Renegades youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk.

His runs have come at a strike-rate of 156, while all-time leading Big Bach runscorer Lynn is blasting at 167.92.

The top three will need to continue delivering as they did in that impressive dismissal of the Scorchers if the Strikers are to mount a late charge for finals.

With the ball, the English seam pairing of David Payne and Jamie Overton have led the way with eight wickets apiece, with left-armer Payne having impressed hugely after replacing injured Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Hurricanes suffer big blow against Heat

The Hurricanes had been hoping to make it three wins in a row when they took on the high-flying Heat in Brisbane on Sunday, but they fell agonisingly short of reaching their rain-affected target, with Patrick Dooley run out off the last ball as he sought the game-tying run.

The major plus for the Hurricanes was the innings of Nikhil Chaudhary, who blasted 55 from 38 balls to almost see his side home in as tight a finish as you can get.

However, the more established batters in the line-up against failed to deliver, with Caleb Jewell, Mac Wright, San Hain and Corey Anderson all dismissed for single-figures.

Chris Jordan and Nathan Ellis led the way with the ball against the Heat, with the former returning impressive figures of 3/19 from his four overs.

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