Our Pick Tasmania are favourites to win
Both Tasmania and Cricket Australia XI have begun their campaign with a defeat in their respective opening matches against Queensland. While CAXI lost by three wickets, Tasmania fell short by just one run on Monday on account of D/L method.
The two teams will now be up against each other in the 4th match of the Matador BBQS One-Day Cup 2016 at the Allan Border Field, Brisbane. The match is scheduled to be played on October 5 with live action set to begin at 9:30 AM local time.
Read on for our betting tips and match prediction for Tasmania vs Cricket Australia XI Matador BBQS One-Day Cup 2016 4th match...
The top three - Ben Dunk, Tim Paine and Dom Michael - hold the key in their batting. Dunk was Tasmania's leading run-scorer last season with 300 runs from six games at a brilliant average of 60. Michael struck two fifties and one hundred and he will be important at no. 3. Skipper Paine scored 56 against CAXI last year and also looked fluent in his 34 the other day. We expect him to top-score for Tasmania.
Jackson Bird and Xavier Doherty are the two bowlers from Tasmania who can be expected to create problems from CAXI. Both picked up five wickets last season and captain Paine will turn to them for the early breakthroughs. While left-arm spinner Doherty won't be easy to put away for runs, seamer Bird who took two wickets against Queensland could end up taking the most wickets for Tasmania on Wednesday.
Ryan Gibson and William Bosisto form the backbone of CAXI's top-order batting while Sam Harper will be an important batsman in the middle order. Gibson started his season off with a solid hundred against Queensland while Harper chipped in with a fine 41 towards the end. But it is Bosisto who stands a good chance of top-scoring in this match. The skipper played an invaluable knock of 86 and he had also made a fifty against Tasmania last year.
David Grant will be spearheading the pace department for CAXI and the team will want him to strike early and put Tasmania on the back foot. The medium pacer finished with decent figures of 2 for 44 against Queensland and we expect him to give a similar bowling performance in the next game. Spin options include Matthew Short and Arjun Nair. Offspinner Nair who took two wickets will have a bigger role to play in the middle overs.
Cricket Australia XI is the most recent addition to the Matador BBQS One-Day Cup. This is only their second season which means that they have far less experience of playing in the tournament than Tasmania who have been playing since the inaugural edition in 1969.
However, when these two sides faced off last year at Sydney, the match went down to the wire with CAXI edging out Tasmania by three runs. Though it was a narrow victory, it was a victory nevertheless and this will give the former a psychological advantage ahead of this match. But overall performance is where Tasmania acquires a big lead. While CAXI finished at the bottom of the pool last year, Tasmania have bagged four titles and have finished as runners-up four times in the past.
Although Cricket Australia XI are a talented unit and are very much capable of winning games, we feel that former champions Tasmania are better placed to win this fourth match of the Matador BBQS One-Day Cup 2016.
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