Womens Big Bash, 2018 | Hobart Hurricanes Women vs Sydney Thunder Women, Match 22 Preview | HB-W vs ST-W Who Will Win
The 22ns match of the 2018 Womens Big Bash League will see Sydney Thunder square off against the Hobart Hurricanes at the picturesque Manuka Oval in Canberra. Both sides have had contrasting fortunes in the tournament thus far. While the Thunders find themselves locked at eight points with defending champions Sydney Sixers at the second spot in the points table, the Hurricanes are at the bottom of the pile with just a solitary win in six games.
The Thunders have been in rollicking form ever since they suffered a 36-run loss at the hands of defending champions Sydney Sixers. Since that defeat, they have proceeded to beat Brisbane Heat [by 28 runs] and followed it with back-to-back wins over the weekend against the Adelaide Strikers [by 6 & 5 wickets]
While Rachael Priest  and the bowlers- Rene Farell [3-12], Steffanie Taylor [3-36], Maisy Gibson [3-23] spearheaded the first of the two wins of the Strikers, the second match showed their depth with the bat as Taylor  and Harmanpreet Kaur [52 not out] helped them chase down 146 in 18.2 overs.
Coming into the fixture against Hobart Hurricanes, the squad is further bolstered by the addition of Rachael Haynes who makes her way back into the squad after being rested last weekend.
The Hurricanes, after three back-to-back defeats, will be desperate to stem the rut and get back to winning ways as the tournament meanders to its half-way stage. After having lost twice to Sydney Sixers [by 7 wickets & 17 runs], the Hurricanes suffered the ignominy of losing out to the Scorchers via a Super Over.
Batting first, the Hurricanes, on the back of steady contributions from Mandhana , Fazackerley  and Daffara  looked prime to post a score in excess of 190, but a lower-order collapse meant they posted 7-173 after 20 overs.
Defending 173, the Hurricanes looked prime for a win but a late assault by all-rounder Heather Graham, who scored a riveting 30-ball-44, meant the scores were tied at the end of 20 overs forcing the game into the Super Over. The Scorchers batted first in the Super over and on the back of a six and four from Nicole Bolton posted 0-16.
Chasing 17, the Hurricanes were dealt with a body blow when Mandhana holed out on the second ball, falling short by six runs eventually.
Venue:- Manuka Oval, Canberra
Match Timing:- Friday, December 21, 2018, 08:20 AM IST
HB-W vs ST-W Team News
Hobart Hurricanes Women-
Sasha Moloney (c), Brooke Hepburn, Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Katelyn Fryett, Corinne Hall, Smriti Mandhana, Mikayla Hinkley, Rhiann O’Donnell, Veronica Pyke, Heather Knight, Georgia Redmayne, Meg Phillips
Sydney Thunder Women
Alex Blackwell (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Stafanie Taylor, Nicola Carey, Rachel Haynes, Rene Farrell, Rachel Priest, Naomi Stalenberg, Belinda Vakarewa, Rachael Trenaman, Sam Bates
HB-W vs ST-W Playing 11
Here’s how both sides might line-up:-
Hobart Hurricanes Women
Batswomen- Heather Knight, Corinne Hall, Smriti Mandhana, Steffanie Daffara
Wicketkeeper- Georgia Redmayne
All-rounder- Sasha Moloney, Erin Fazackerley
Bowlers- Brooke Hepburn, Rhiann O Donnell, Veronica Pyke, Alex Hartley
Sydney Thunder Women
Batters – Harmanpreet Kaur, Rachael Haynes, Naomi Stalenberg, Alex Blackwell
Wicket-keeper – Rachel Priest
All-rounder – Stafanie Taylor, Nicola Carey
Bowlers – Rene Farrell, Lisa Griffith, Samantha Bates, Maisy Gibson [D:- Belinda Vakarewa]
Smriti Mandhana, Steffanie Taylor and Rachael Priest are great choices for the opening slot. Apart from scoring brisk runs, as she did in the last game, Taylor can be a handy component with the ball as well, She will also take up the all-rounder’s spot.
Picking Rachael Priest is also a good option as she bats in the top-order and selecting her as a wicket-keeper will beef up your chances of gaining Fantasy points.
Heather Knight, Alex Blackwell and Harmanpreet Kaur will spearhead the middle-order.
Other Options:- Steffanie Daffara, Coronie Hall and Naomi Stalenberg
Sasha Moloney and Nicole Carey will take up the all-rounder’s spot along with Steffanie Taylor.
Veronika Pyke, Rene Farrell, Brooke Hepburn and Alex Hartley will spearhead the bowling department.
Rachael Preist, Harmanpreet Kaur, Steffanie Taylor, Smriti Mandhana, Heather Knight
Disclaimer- This HB-W vs ST-W Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 as per your discretion from the squad listed above basis HB-W vs ST-W Team News.