Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder

We should be in for an absolute belter at the Blundstone Arena and we can expect to see boundaries galore in this one. In the last eight Big Bash first innings scores here, there has been six scores over 160 and three scores over 200 in the past four years. Both teams have the firepower to hit 200 and bowlers that can go the distance.

The Hurricanes have one of the best batting line-ups in the competition, however, they were skittled for just 91 in the first game before smashing 184 and 194 in the last couple of games. They’ve got it all, classy players up top then the fire power of Sammy and Christian at the death. Cameron Boyce has produced the goods for them with the ball, taking five wickets in his three games this season.

Thunder have been somewhat of a surprise package, topping the table after victories against the Sixers, Stars and Strikers. Old boys Hussey and Kallis have led the way with the bat showing age doesn’t matter in the Big Bash. Russell has been one of the stars in this years competition, the West Indian has taken seven wickets in three games. Even though the Thunder are unbeaten, I can’t ignore the $2.1 price for the Hurricanes at home. This game will be high scoring, we feel Hobart have the firepower down the order to chase any total.
Hobart Hurricanes - 1pt @ 2.1

Top Hurricanes Batsman

Once again we’re backing the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara to top score for the Hurricanes, he’s starting to look comfortable in that purple jersey. He’s played one game at the Blundstone Arena and scored a classy 43. We’re getting on him at $4 with Stan James.
Kumar Sangakkara - 1pt @ 4.00

Top Thunder Batsman

Our fancy for the Thunder top scorer is Mr Cricket, Mike Hussey, who has looked a class act in this year’s competition. With Reed and Tait opening the bowling for the Hurricanes, they have the ability to take some early wickets meaning more time at the crease for Hussey. You can get on the Aussie legend at $5 with a couple of bookies. We were also tempted to back Russell who looks a big price at $11, all depends on how big his New Years Eve is.
Michael Hussey - 1pt @ 5.00

Top Thunder Bowler

Andre Russell has been the stand-out bowler in this year’s competition. The West Indian has wreaked havoc with his different type of deliveries. He has taken seven wickets so, in a high scoring game, he could be deadly with the ball near the back end of the innings and is well worth backing at $4 to be the Thunder’s top bowler.
Andre Russell - 1pt @ 4.00

Tim Paine Match Peformance - Spread Betting

With spread betting you can make better use of your sporting knowledge than with fixed odds. With the latter you have a simple ‘win or lose’ scenario, and you know exactly how much you will win or lose as soon as you strike a bet. With spreads, how much you win or lose is determined by how accurate you are. There are a lot more than just two scenarios and, the more right you are, the more you win. By the same token, the more a result goes against you, the more you can lose.

Sporting Index makes predictions on a number of events and scenarios within a cricket match. The spread has two prices, a buy and a sell price. Our bet for this fixture is Tim Paine, Paine smashed 87 last time in Hobart and will always be in for a catch or a stumping with Boyce in the team. You can buy Paine at 45 points, You can buy points for any stake, but the more each point is worth, the bigger both your liability and potential return.

So, how does Paine get points? The following applies:

- 1 point per run

- 10 points per catch

- 20 points per wicket

- 25 points per stumping

If, for example, he takes three catches and one stumping, and nothing else, you’re in profit if you Buy as he’ll have scored 65 points (more than the 45 point spread). If Paine only scores thirty five runs he would get 35 points, leaving you on -10 points. Therefore if you staked $10 a point you’d lose $100.

But if Paine scores 45 runs and also takes two catches he’d score 65 points, which would result in a profit of $200 from a $10 stake. Hopefully this makes sense, but click through to the Sporting Index website for further information..
Tim Paine - 1pt @ 45.00Placed -2pt