Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers Tips: Formidable Scorchers line-up hard to oppose right now

Perth Scorchers opener Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone has been in explosive, six-hitting form

Whoever wins this clash will move into clear second place. On current form, Paul Krishnamurty says Scorchers will take the world of beating...

"Scorchers look like sweeping all before them right now...they boast the most economical bowling line-up and stand-out performer with the ball."

Place order to back Perth Scorchers 4u @ 2.35/4

Hobart Hurricanes v Perth Scorchers
Friday, 05:05 GMT
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Here's another critical battle in the race for play-offs. Just one point separates Scorchers and Hurricanes - the difference between second and sixth. Whoever wins will move into clear second.

Only Sixers have beaten Perth of late

Both are coming off good wins. Perth thrashed Heat for their sixth win in seven matches. Note the loss came against defending champions and runaway leaders Sydney Sixers. The margin of all six wins was comprehensive.

Hurricanes win, chasing a daunting 178 against Thunder, was less predictable and urgently needed. They'd previously lost three on the bounce, including a one-sided encounter against today's opponents.

Could Wade and Paine return for Hobart?

Following the end of that incredible, unforgettable Test series, Hurricanes welcome Matthew Wade and Tim Paine back to the squad. If they play - as I write there isn't much reported suggestion either will today - it would be a huge bonus. On the downside, James Faulkner is out for the season.

Hobart could urgently use Wade reforming a formidable opening partnership with D'Arcy Short. The chase over Thunder was particularly impressive having lost both openers cheaply. Once again Ben McDermott was outstanding alongside the ever-dependable Dawid Malan. Strengthen up top and this becomes a very powerful line-up.

Perth outstanding with both bat and ball

It will likely need to be here. Scorchers look like sweeping all before them right now. Their top-three of Roy, Livingstone and Munro are in cracking form - the latter pair have hit 31 sixes between them.

Scorchers also boast the most economical bowling line-up and stand-out performer with the ball. Jhye Richardson remains firmly on course for the Golden Arm and has bowled the most dot balls of anyone too.
Mitchell Marsh returns to the squad.

170 is the target at Docklands

The evidence from two matches this week at the Marvel Stadium backs up historic trends. Par is around 155-160. Perth recorded only the fourth 170 plus total in 18 first innings here, and it proved comfortably enough.

The side batting second leads 10-8 during that period, implying no obvious toss bias. With that in mind, I'm more confident about making a pre-match prediction.

Bang-in-form Perth preferred

Preference has to be for Scorchers. Backing them on this ground last time paid off and frankly, 1.845/6 is perfectly fair considering their recent form. Hurricanes are respected in all departments but look inferior. That was borne out in their recent clash.

It will probably require 165 runs plus to win here - a tall order against this Scorchers attack. Again, I'm employing my "25% rule" on the basis that most teams drift to that extent in most T20 matches. Here, the plan is to place an order to back them in-running at 2.35/4.

McDermott and Munro favourite to top-score

Interestingly, a non-opener is favourite for both sides. Brian McDermott deserves the tag at 11/4 for Hurricanes. Will Jacks is interesting at 5/1 having opened of late but was out for a duck last time and could be relegated if Wade returns.

Similarly Colin Munro tops the Scorchers list at 13/5, which makes sense on the basis of him being their top scorer throughout the season. I'd be very wary of taking such short odds given the potential for Roy or Livingston to wrap the market up before he even comes out to bat.

We discussed this match and put up a selection in the latest edition of Cricket...Only Bettor. Ed Hawkins is adamant that Ashton Turner is overpriced and with 14/1 available here, that is hard to dispute. The top-three have been outstanding but they can't win every time.

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