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Women's Big Bash League 2023: Adelaide Strikers Women vs. Hobart Hurricanes Women 12th Match at Brisbane Who will win today’s match between AS-W and HH-W?

Women's Big Bash League 2023: Adelaide Strikers Women vs. Hobart Hurricanes Women 12th Match at Brisbane. Who will win today’s match between AS-W and HH-W?

Introduction

Allan Border Field in Brisbane will host the 12th Women's Big Bash League 2023 match, pitting the Adelaide Strikers women against the Hobart Hurricanes women. The Strikers' record is one win and one loss after two games, while the Hurricanes' record is 0 wins and two losses. The teams have yet to face each other this year. The Strikers have lost their last game and could use a victory to get their season back on track. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have yet to score and will be eager to put up some points. We might be in for a good game because players on both teams are on fire right now.

Adelaide Strikers Women's Team Preview

Despite having a well-balanced team, the Sydney Sixers outplayed the Adelaide Strikers women in their most recent game. Their batting revolves around the prolific Laura Wolvaardt at the top. Skipper Tahlia McGrath and Bridget Patterson provide a class in the middle order. Madeline Penna and Katie Mack bring firepower down the order. Their bowling has variety, with the pace of Megan Schutt and Darcie Brown complemented by the guile of Amanda Wellington's leg spin. The Strikers must fire as a unit to return to winning ways. Wolvaardt's form is crucial, while Schutt will be their go-to bowler again. With match-winners in their ranks, the Strikers will back themselves to topple the Hurricanes.

Hobart Hurricanes Women's Team Preview

After two defeats, the Hobart Hurricanes are still searching for the right team combination. Their batting could be more consistent, barring skipper Heather Graham. The Hurricanes will want Lizelle Lee, Naomi Stalenberg, and Molly Strano to shoulder more responsibility. Their bowling appears too dependent on Shabnim Ismail, who needs more support. Strano and Belinda Vakarewa must pick up wickets in the middle overs. The Hurricanes have enough firepower but need their batters to set competitive totals. Their bowling also requires more discipline and intensity. The Hurricanes have the talent to stage a resurgence but must play as a cohesive unit to get off the mark against the Strikers.

Key Players

The key will be Adelaide, skipper Tahlia McGrath, Laura Wolvaardt, and Megan Schutt. The Hobart Hurricanes will rely heavily on Lizelle Lee, Heather Graham, and Shabnim Ismail to deliver impactful performances. Other players like Molly Strano, Bridget Patterson, and Madeline Penna could also play decisive roles given the match situation. Both teams will need their star players to shine.

Pitch and Conditions

The Brisbane pitch is expected to be good for batting, with some assistance for spinners in the second half. Scores around 160–170 could be par at this venue. With no rain predicted, a full, uninterrupted match should occur. The humidity might aid swing bowlers early on before the batters can play freely during the middle overs. Teams chasing have won more games at this ground. Dew could become a factor and needs to be negated tactically.

Head-to-Head Record 

Adelaide Strikers women have a superior head-to-head record against the Hobart Hurricanes women in WBBL history. Of the 15 matches between the two teams, the Strikers have emerged victorious nine times, compared to just six wins for the Hurricanes. Earlier this year, the Adelaide Strikers won their league-stage encounters comfortably against the Hobart Hurricanes. Going by the head-to-head and current form, the Strikers have a psychological edge over the Hurricanes.

Expected XIs 

Adelaide Strikers Women: Mack, Wolvaardt, McGrath (c), Patterson (wk), Penna, Adams, O'Neil, Wellington, Barsby, Schutt, and Mushangwe

Hobart Hurricanes Women: Lee (wk), Bry. Smith, Graham (c), Stalenberg, Johnston, Strano, Saville, Silver-Holmes, A. Smith, Ismail, Gibson

Both teams will likely field unchanged XIs from their previous matches unless conditions necessitate tactical changes. The Strikers look like a settled unit, while the Hurricanes may consider tweaking their struggling middle order.

Key Matchups

Lizelle Lee vs. Megan Schutt will be a vital matchup in the powerplay overs. Skippers McGrath and Graham batting against each other's teams will also be pivotal. The contest between Amanda Wellington and Naomi Stalenberg in the middle overs could have a key say. How Adelaide's batters score against Ismail's pace, and Hobart's batters play Wellington's leg spin is also crucial to the outcome.

Match Prediction

The Adelaide Strikers women will start as favorites because of their current form and superior head-to-head record. The Hobart Hurricanes need to lift their game considerably to challenge the Strikers. Adelaide has better balance and momentum heading into this contest. For Hobart to stand a chance, their batting must fire substantially, while bowling needs discipline. The Strikers hold all the aces, but the Hurricanes have match-winners who could swing the game if they click together.

Conclusion

In what promises to be an exciting WBBL encounter, the Adelaide Strikers women take on the Hobart Hurricanes women in Brisbane. The Strikers will look to return to winning ways after their previous loss. The Hurricanes need to open their account urgently. With crucial points at stake, expect a thrilling contest with in-form players looking to make an impact on both sides. The Strikers seem better placed currently, but the unpredictable Hurricanes could spring a surprise if they play to their potential. Hopefully, fans will be treated to a cracking match between bat and ball.

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