Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Betting Tips & Predictions

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Betting Tips & Predictions BBL 2021-22
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Updated 12/01/2022

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More BBL betting to look forward to as the well-placed Thunder host a Hurricanes side who would be happy to make the Playoffs in any capacity right now.

But a defeat here and the Hurricanes will fall down the table even further. So a chance for the Hobart outfit to get back to winning ways and for the Thunder to go a long way towards securing that Top 2 finish.

In addition to the team news, head-to-head record, pitch report and important stats, we also have the top Thunder vs Hurricanes betting tips coming up next.

All in all, you’ll have everything you need to know before it gets underway. If you like online cricket betting, keep reading.


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Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Betting Odds

The best cricket betting tips are up next ahead of this BBL clash between the Thunder and the Hurricanes. We’re at the SCG for this one, one of the world’s most famous cricket grounds.

The Thunder are in unbelievable form at the moment and play a struggling side in the Hurricanes, so the Thunder have to be our bet. I also have the usual toss winner prediction and a tip at big odds for a player who can be man of the match.

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Toss winner: Thunder 1.89 Pure Win
HOT BET! Daniel Sams to be man of the match 9.0 Betway

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Sydney Thunder’s Recent Form

The Thunder are very much, alongside the Scorchers, the BBL’s in-form side.

The run allowed them to leapfrog the Sixers into second place and they’re now favourites to secure that all-important Top 2 finish, alongside the Scorchers.

Last time out they restricted the Hurricanes to just 139 with the in-form Gurinder Sandhu and Nathan McAndrew both claiming two wickets, before Alex Hales made a mockery of the total by hitting an unbeaten 80.

The improved form of Hales is extremely important. An aggressive and in-form opening batsman is key to a team’s success and after an extremely slow start to the season, he’s finally finding his groove.

Jason Sangha was also good in hitting an unbeaten 35 off 31; he was also skipper in the absence of Chris Green.

Team News

Green is unavailable again so Sangha will lead the side again.

There’s obviously something about Sangha given he’s just 22 years old and that it would have been far easier to hand the captaincy to someone like Ben Cutting or Daniel Sams.

Sam Billings and Saqib Mahmood are of course unavailable and won’t be returning to the Big Bash this year so that just leaves Alex Hales as their sole overseas player.

It will be interesting to see if they bring in someone else as a late replacement.

Everyone else is available.

Player to Watch: Daniel Sams

Sams was the BBL’s top wicket-taker for the season a few years ago and has massively improved over the past few seasons. So much so that he got an IPL contract a couple of years ago.

And he’s having a good season yet again. He’s the team’s top wicket-taker with 15 in 11 games although he’s been a tad expensive, going at just over 8 an over.

And two matches ago he reminded us that he’s an all-rounder who can hit the ball as hard and far as just about anyone in the game.

His 98 not out off just 44 balls against the Renegades was one of the innings of the tournament so far. It’s 8.54 with 10 CRIC.

He’s their top batsman again but he’d probably need to be promoted from his usual spot of six to have a good chance.

Thunder’s Likely XI

Hales, Gilkes, Sangha, Davies, Sams, Holt, Cutting, McAndrew, Tanveer Sangha, Sandhu, Hasnain.

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Hobart Hurricanes’ Recent Form

It’s a good thing the Hurricanes went on a three-match winning streak because they haven’t been good since then.

They’ve now lost three of their last four and that last loss was against today’s opponents.

It’s not hard to see what the main problem is: they’re far too reliant on Ben McDermott. When he’s fired, they’ve won games. When he hasn’t, the others haven’t stood up at all.

One of those is skipper Matthew Wade, who was admittedly absent last time out for personal reasons.

What’s really odd is their decision to play D’Arcy Short down the order. He’s batted as an opener pretty much throughout his whole BBL career so why play him at 3, 4 or 5 now?

As for Jordan Thompson and Harry Brook, English imports, they’ve both contributed very little so far.

Team News

Despite his poor tournament, Harry Brooks has been called up by England to play in the West Indies so that’s him done for the campaign.

Matthew Wade returns and will captain the side; he’ll almost certainly open the batting as well. Josh Kann is available after recovering from Covid.

Bowlers Scott Boland and Nathan Ellis are on international duty and injured, respectively.

Player to Watch: Ben McDermott

McDermott has done something this year no-one else has ever done before: score two centuries in the same Big Bash saeson.

Considering most players can consider themselves quite lucky to get more than one throughout their whole careers and you can see what an achievement that is.

Those two centuries and a further two fifties have helped him get to 495 runs for the season, almost 150 ahead of anyone else.

They’ll need him to keep going if they’re to make a late bid at winning their first-ever BBl title. It’s 3.56 with 10 CRIC that he top scores again in this one.

Hurricanes’ Likely XI

Wade, McDermott, Jewell, Short, Handscomb, David, Thompson, Owen, Rogers, Meredith, Lamichhane.

Venue & conditions

It’s really not easy to know what to expect at the SCG because quite frankly, first innings scores have been all over the place.

There have been big ones like the 195/1 the Scorchers for against the Strikers and very small ones like the 105 all out posted by the Heat. There have also been rain-reduced affairs.

But 170 has been about par over the years on what is generally a decent wicket, so that’s what both sides will see as a target if batting first.

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Head-to-Head

Let’s look at the Thunder vs Hurricanes head-to-head. Hobart are 9-7 up over the years. But the Thunder have now won three of the last four including, of course, that win just a few days ago.

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Toss Prediction

Time to look at the Thunder vs Hurricanes toss winner statistics. It’s not often that this happens in cricket but it’s a perfect 50/50 split in terms of tosses. The Hurricanes won it last time so I think it may be the Thunder’s turn this time.

Hurricanes 8 50%
Thunder 8 50%

Sydney Thunder vs Hobart Hurricanes Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back the Thunder to win @ 1.62 with Pure Win

1.55 is borderline in terms of the sort of price you want to be backing a team in a game of T20.

As we often say, one stand-out performance from one player with either bat or ball can completely change the game on its head.

But in this case, we simply have to take those odds on the Thunder.

It’s extremely hard for anyone to win seven in a row in T20 but the fact they’ve won six already is a testament to just how well they’ve been playing.

There have been contributions from just about everyone recently including Hales, Sangha, Gilkes, Sams and Sandhu. Another good sign of a really strong team when it’s not just one player doing the business.

As for the Hurricanes, McDermott aside, who would get into this Thunder side? No-one really.

And that tells its own story.  Injuries, players away on international duty, Covid and loss of form to important players have all come at just the wrong time.

Add the fact the Thunder are at home and won this same fixture just a few days ago and you can see why we simply have to go with the Sydney side.

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Today’s Thunder vs Hurricanes Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Daniel Sams to be man-of-the-match @ 9.0 with Betway

I don’t think I need to go into too much detail here about Sams because he was my ‘Player to watch’ from among the Thunder’s players.

But in a nutshell: he could easily turn the game with either bat or ball.

The absence of Sam Billings has meant he’s been batting a spot higher than usual, sometimes two, and after that amazing 98 the other day he’ll surely bat no lower than five from now.

And of course, he’s also their leading wicket-taker so two or three wickets may see him win the MOM award that way.

He ticks all the boxes and I think the Thunder will win so that’s why he’s my man at 9.0.

Thunder vs Hurricanes fun statistics

Time to round things off with some fun facts ahead of the game. 

  • Only three players have reached 50 for the Hurricanes this season: McDermott, Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short.
  • The somewhat inexperienced Tom Rogers is both the Hurricanes’ top wicket-taker (15) and the bowler with the best economy rate (7.37).
  • The Thunder have five bowlers with 10 or more wickets this season; Mahmood, McAndrew, Sams, Sangha and Sandhu.