It will be a clash of the second-placed and the third-placed teams in the BBL on Thursday as the Hobart Hurricanes take on Sydney Thunder at the Perth Stadium. The included incentive of getting the leading area in the BBL standings need to make this a captivating contest.

Both the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder enter this game on the back of defeats. But both teams have practically identical records, having won five of their matches up until now this season.

The Hobart Hurricanes have a relatively balanced team in spite of missing Matthew Wade at the top of the order. D’Arcy Short’s poor form aside, their batsmen have been carrying out well. Ben McDermott has raced to the top of the BBL scoring charts, with 277 go to his name in just six matches. The world’s finest T20 batsman, Dawid Malan has shown glimpses of his world-class quality also.

Sydney Thunder will have to make do without crucial bowling all-rounder Daniel Sams due to concussion, in what is a huge blow to them. However with Alex Hales and Ben Cutting finding some form with the bat, they will expensive their chances of continuing their good start to the BBL.

Their batting order has actually been further boosted by the arrival of Sam Billings in recent games. The Thunder’s finest performer so far however, has been rookie spinner Tanveer Sangha, who has 13 wickets in 7 matches. Fellow spinner Chris Green has also impressed, however the Thunder were let down by their rate bowlers in their last game.

This will no doubt be a hard-fought battle between 2 of the BBL’s finest teams up until now this season. Both the Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder look primed to make the play-offs at the minute. And Thursday’s video game might well be decided by the slimmest of margins.

Both teams are stacked with quality gamers and worldwide T20 specialists. The Hobart Hurricanes have the better group on paper, but the Sydney Thunder have a well-balanced unit with some brand-new names making their mark.

The Hurricanes have one of the BBL’s best batting line-ups, while the Thunder boast of one of the league’s most talented spin bowlers in Tanveer Sangha. But as we saw on Wednesday, the Perth Stadium will offer more assistance to the pacers. And the similarity Riley Meredith, Scott Boland, and Co. will certainly take pleasure in bowling on the surface area.

It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this one. The lack of Daniel Sams is a big blow for the Thunder, and it could wind up giving the Hurricanes the edge as they aim to go top of the BBL standings.