The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips for a the second showdown between in-form Perth Scorchers and up-and-down Hobart Hurricanes. 

BBL Tips – Perth Scorchers V Hobart Hurricanes

19:15 (AEDT), Mon 20th Dec @ Blundstone Arena, Hobart

History: Played 16: Scorchers 10 V Hurricanes 6

Last meeting: December 14, 2021: Scorchers d Hurricanes by 53 runs at Blundstone Arena

Final Thoughts: The nomadic Perth Scorchers and Hobart Hurricanes square off in Tasmania for the second time in less than a week.

The teams met at Blundstone Arena last Tuesday, with the Scorchers carving out a Mitch Marsh-inpsired 53-run victory. The T20 World Cup hero smashed an unbeaten 100 off 60 balls to lead the Scorchers to 5/182. Laurie Evans (40 off 24) also chipped in nicely. D’Arcy Short (31 off 29) and Ben McDermott (41 off 29) were the top scorers in a disappointing Hurricanes chase. Tymal Mills (3/23), Ashton Agar (2/21) and Jason Behrendorff (1/14) were outstanding with the ball.

The Scorchers – on the road for a prolonged period due to WA’s strict COVID regulations – are off to a flying 3-0 start in BBL|11. They kicked off with a 6-run win over the Heat in Perth and smashed the Strikers by 49 runs on the back of Colin Munro’s blistering 114 not out off 73 balls.

The 1-2 Hurricanes earlier split a pair of fixtures against the Sixers, going down by 14 runs in Launceston but prevailing by 44 runs at the SCG after Matthew Wade (93 off 46) played one of his finest T20 innings.

The Hurricanes have named Riley Meredith and Mitch Owen for the first time this season. It’s a timely return for the injured duo, with Scott Boland (Test squad) and Joel Paris (groin) both unavailable.

The Scorchers are $1.64 favourites on the back of last week’s superb all-round showing. The early form of Marsh and Munro has hogged the headlines, but Perth’s bowling attack – particularly with the ’Canes losing Boland and Paris – provides arguably the biggest advantage.

Tip: Perth Scorchers to win match, hit most 6s & hit most 4s @ $2.63