WBBL 2020: Confident Heat look to extend momentum
Brisbane Heat are the favourites to win the match
|Brisbane Heat Women||2||1||0||0||1||3||1.282|
|Adelaide Strikers Women||1||1||0||0||0||2||1.871|
|Melbourne Renegades Women||2||0||0||0||1||2||0|
|Melbourne Stars Women||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Sydney Thunder Women||2||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Sydney Sixers Women||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Perth Scorchers Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.282|
|Hobart Hurricanes Women||1||0||1||0||0||0||-1.871|
Brisbane Heat made a strong statement in their opening fixture against the Scorchers. The reigning champions are searching for making it three-titles-in-a-row, and showed that they aren’t complacent at all. The Renegades on the other hand couldn’t get a full game but were fairly decent with the ball, not letting the Stars off the hook completely at any point in the game, although the slog overs looking a bit ominous for them. The bowling is clearly Renegades’ biggest strength with plenty of outright matchwinners in their squad and while the batting is also efficient, maybe not as influential as the bowling unit.
Skipper Amy Satterthwaite might want to disagree with this, and their batting can’t be underestimated. They’ll have to be on their feet in all departments if they are to challenge the defending champions who seem like a well-oiled machine. This game could be a stern test for both sides, more so for the Renegades.
Having won successive titles, hunger is always a key factor in what you want to achieve thereafter. Heat players did go public about the want to make a hat-trick but nothing amplifies your words better than your actions. Taking down a renewed Scorchers clinically was a step in the right direction. The bowlers did well to keep the opponents to a 130-ish score and that was chased down with no real hiccups.
Scorchers’ top four had all got starts and it did seem like a score of 160 was gettable but the Heat bowlers pulled things back in spectacular fashion, keeping them to a way lesser score. Grace Harris’ fifty was the biggest positive for the Heat, given the influence she has as a fiery all-rounder. While she didn’t get a wicket, Grace bowled two economical overs first and followed it up with a matchwinning fifty that had all the ingredients one would associate with her strokeplay. The bowling has so much craft and experience, and it allows skipper Jess Jonassen to operate with different options as per the game situation.
: M Green, G Redmayne(wk), J Jonassen(c), G Harris, L Harris, A Kerr, M Hinkley, D Kimmince, G Prestwidge, C Sippel, N Hancock
Having a massive chunk of Australia’s bowling firepower in their squad, Renegades are a fancied side this season, especially with some of the batting reinforcements that they have made. Against a more stronger Stars batting line-up, the Renegades may not have picked a lot of wickets but did put a tight leash on the scoring rate despite the opposition having seasoned batters like Meg Lanning in their ranks.
The one aspect they would want to improve from their opening game is getting more wickets and given the resources they have, it isn’t a bad expectation to have. There are some experienced names in their and the legendary Molly Strano will be keen to get more into the wickets column. Their batting unit didn’t get any opportunity in the opening game and all eyes will be on Lizelle Lee and Erin Fazackerley, both explosive batters in their own right. Their inclusions add more muscle to the batting department for the Renegades.
E Fazackerley, L Lee, A Satterthwaite(c), J Dooley(wk), C Webb, G Wareham, C Leeson, S Molineux, M Strano, M Brown, C Neale
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||14||1.95 mm.||12.01 k/h||From: S||87%|
|03h||14||2.40 mm.||11.17 k/h||From: S||95%|
|06h||13||1.05 mm.||10.06 k/h||From: S||98%|
|09h||14||0.81 mm.||9.53 k/h||From: S||100%|
|12h||14||0.58 mm.||9.77 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|15h||14||0.16 mm.||8.93 k/h||From: SSW||97%|
|18h||14||0.14 mm.||7.94 k/h||From: SSW||97%|
|21h||14||0.21 mm.||7.97 k/h||From: SSW||98%|
It’s expected to be a rainy weekend in Sydney with roughly 70 percent chance of rain and high humidity conditions. The surfaces are expected to be hard with decent pace and bounce to begin with, as the pitches are all fresh at this point.
Although not a high-profile venue in today’s era, Hurstville Oval has been home to several Australian greats of yesteryear, none more significant than The Don himself. It’s a ground that’s usually been used for Club cricket in Sydney.
While the surface is fresh, this is an afternoon game and that could make the captains want to bat first, although temperatures are cooler. The rain forecast is another factor, and that could make chasing a preferred option too. Seems like a good toss to lose.
Two strong teams who depend on different strategies with regards to winning games. The Renegades are clearly bowling-heavy in their approach and while they have resources, they aren’t as settled a core as Heat who are having a major chunk of the core that won the title in the last two seasons. They are also brimming confidence after the opening game, and we’re expecting them to win this fixture as well.
Brisbane Heat are the favourites to win the match