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Match 53 of the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL 2020) features Hobart Hurricanes Women taking on the Sydney Thunder Women at the Drummoyne Oval at Sydney on Sunday. The business is about to get real; it is the last day of the league stage matches.

The last time these two teams faced each other earlier this season, Sydney Thunders pulled off an unbelievable one run victory over the Hurricanes. The Heather Knight all-round show of 69 runs and two wickets overshadowed Rachel Priest’s incredible effort of 83 not out. Our Women’s BBL Match Prediction predicts that SYTW will win this match on the 22nd keeping their playoff hopes alive.

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The Thunders are in a do-or-die situation against the Hurricanes, who have nothing to lose. If Sydney Thunders win this game, they will qualify for the playoffs ending the league stage with 16 points in the bag. But the Hurricanes, on the other hand, are already out of the playoff race. Hence, with nothing to lose, they will go all crushing the ambitions for Sydney Thunders.

Sydney Thunder has fared better than their rivals, winning six of their eleven games in WBBL 2020 league stage. They come into this game on the back of a stunning win over Adelaide Strikers, where the team performed like one unit with whirlwind contributions from each department. Sydney Thunder has a much stronger batting lineup. Similarly, Samantha Bates, Sammy-Jo Johnson, and Shabnim Ismail form a decent bowling attack. Sydney Thunder might have lost a few matches coming into the business end, but they weren’t too bad, and they have backed their strengths and proven worthy.

Hobart Hurricanes are placed at the bottom of the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 points table. The team has won 3 and lost eight matches while two have been rained off. Wicketkeeper batter Rachel Priest has been the top run-scorer for Hobart Hurricanes with 322 runs from 12 matches. Devoid of any help from teammates, Rachel Priest has been the lone ranger for multiple occasions. They haven’t got going throughout the season. With bits and pieces, they have managed to survive. They shall play insouciantly in this last game.

Nonetheless, we should be in for another whacking WBBL game, with both sides looking to go all out for a win on Sunday.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The pitch at the Drummoyne Oval in the Women’s BBL 2020 has been a good one to bat on, as there is not much movement available off the wicket for the bowlers.

However, a fluctuating bounce could be an aspect as the game progresses, and the pitch could considerably slow down as well. The batters will need to spend their time in the middle before going big, and wickets in hand could be critical towards the backend of the innings. Our Women’s BBL Match Prediction predicts that teams will opt to the ball first on winning the toss. Therefore, the toss will be critical.

Key Players to watch:

  • Rachel Priest and Chloe Tryon of the Hobart Hurricanes Women and Sammy Jo-Johnson and Heather Knight of the Sydney Thunder Women will be key players for this match.