BBL07: Final – Adelaide Strikers v Hobart Hurricanes

ADELAIDE STRIKERS v HOBART HURRICANES

Sunday 4th February 4:00pm Adelaide Oval ADST


Match Overview

A first-time winner of the BBL will be crowned on Sunday evening when the Adelaide Strikers host the Hobart Hurricanes at the Adelaide Oval in what should be a fitting finale to a thrilling season.

Adelaide Strikers

The Strikers snuck into their first ever decider with a gripping last-ball victory over the Melbourne Renegades at home. Batting first the return of skipper Travis Head from international duty proved crucial as he smashed an unbeaten 85 off just 57 balls to guide Adelaide to an imposing 5/178. With the Renegades sitting pretty at 3/137 after 15 overs in reply, it seemed as if the Strikers would succumb at the semi-final stage for the third time in four seasons, however crafty seamer Ben Laughlin (1/31 off four overs) kept his nerve at the death to narrowly defend 12 off the last over with the hosts victorious by the slimmest possible margin of one run.

Hobart Hurricanes

The Hurricanes stormed into the final when they stunned defending champions Perth Scorchers in a comprehensive 71-run victory built on a season-high total of 4/210 with Matthew Wade (71 off 45 balls) setting the tone, before some blistering striking from Ben McDermott (67 not out off 30 balls) and Dan Christian (37 off 22 balls) helped Hobart take 87 off the last six overs. Although the Scorchers got off to a breezy start at 1/41 off five overs, they fell away to be bowled out for 139 with Christian backing up his heroics with the bat to take 4/17 off 3.5 overs, after the early damage had been done by rookie paceman Tom Rogers who finished with 3/31 off four overs. Although the Strikers will be missing key leg-spinner Rashid Khan, I think home-ground advantage will prove crucial and at the prices I have to side with Adelaide to lift the trophy


Key Stats

  • The Strikers have won nine of their last 12 matches.
  • The Strikers have won seven of their past eight matches at the Adelaide Oval and are unbeaten there this season.
  • The Hurricanes have won only two of their past seven matches against the Strikers and haven’t beaten them at the Adelaide Oval since BBL01.

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