18/04/2024

The Hobart Hurricanes. (Image: Hobart Hurricanes Website).

Shabnim Ismail and the Hobart Hurricanes will be aiming for another win when they take on the Sydney Thunder this weekend.

Hobart Hurricanes bowler Shabnim Ismail is confident ahead of her side’s upcoming game, where she is set to take on her former side the Sydney Thunder.

Ahead of the highly anticipated match on Thursday afternoon at Sydney Olympic Park, the South African cricketer spoke to the media and was optimistic on the Hurricanes’ chances.

“Of course. I mean I bowled really well in the previous game. But also in saying that, I want to take that confidence and move that into the next game playing against [the Thunder],” Ismail said.

“For us it’s just to go out there and play our best. Then obviously just put skills into play.”

Despite the Hurricanes coming off a disappointing loss against the Brisbane Heat where they lost by six wickets, Ismail assured that her side will be aiming to bounce back on Thursday.

“Obviously for us our batting was very average [last game]. But going into the tournmanet, we know what we’re capable of doing and we know going into the Thunder game, we need to get the momentum on our side and obviously play the brave cricket that we know we play,” she said.

“That’s obviously our as well that we want to play. So [we just need to] go out there and portray that skill in the middle.”

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Sitting at fourth on the WBBL ladder, the Hurricanes will be aiming to add another win this season. They currently have seven wins to their name.

Ismail acknowledged that the upcoming game was a season-defining one given their position on the ladder.

“100 per cent. Whenever we go out there, we always want to play our best cricket,” she said.

“I feel like at some stages we’ve done that, but also at other stages we haven’t really done that. So obviously we really want all the parts to click together and obviously we can just take it from there and build on that confidence,” she said.

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