The Hurricanes got off to a winning start in the opening game of the tournament by successfully defending 178, and they did it without leading batsman D’Arcy Short contributing or their overseas players shining.
That will give them a lot of encouragement as will the way their bowlers fought back so this is likely to be a tough game for the much-fancied Strikers.
A lot will depend on how the Hurricanes batsmen deal with Rashid Khan but with Travis Head and Alex Carey unavailable, the Strikers might be too stretched for this game.
Phil Salt to outscore D’Arcy Short – 11/10
Salt is one of several overseas players from England looking to make a significant impression this year in the hope it will potentially lead to higher honours, and he has already shown that he can score big in the Big Bash.
With 361 runs last season at a strike rate of 164 he is certainly one to look out for and we think this could be a big year for him.
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