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Toss Winner - Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and chose to bowl first
Brisbane Heat beat Hobart Hurricanes by 14 runs
Brisbane Heat’s tough challenge against rampaging Hurricanes
Hobart Hurricanes to win
Tournament: Big Bash League 2021-22 | Format: T20 | Venue: Bellerive Oval ( Blundstone Arena ), Hobart, Australia | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Brisbane Heat would have a big challenge on their hands as they take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the 29th game of the Big Bash League 2021-22. The side has suffered from poor form and come here with a loss against the Sydney Sixers. The Hurricanes on their part have been in good shape and defeated the Melbourne Renegades by a big margin in the last game.
Things haven’t worked for the Brisbane Heat as they have lost five out of the seven games they have played. Their batting line-up is suffering from a lack of form and they would have to play out of their skins to win here. The Hurricanes come here with three consecutive wins and this would add to their confidence.
It has been three wins in a row for Matthew Wade’s side and they are looking in terrific form. They crushed the Melbourne Renegades in the last game and ended up winning it by 85 runs. The side has its batting line-up in great form and Wade would look to drive this momentum forward and register another win in this game.
Ben McDermott is in terrific form with back-to-back hundreds, and he would look to set up a good opening wicket stand with Matthew Wade. D’Arcy Short has a good range of strokes and adds strength to the batting line-up with Harry Brook and Peter Handscomb. Down the order, they would like to see big hits from Tim David and Jordan Thompson.
Thomas Rogers and Riley Meredith have struggled, and the side would like to see better efforts from them with the new ball. Nathan Ellis and Sandeep Lamichhane bowled well in the last game and their form would be a confidence booster for the side. They would also expect tight spells from Thompson and D’Arcy Short in this game.
Matthew Wade (c & wk), Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Tim David, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Timothy David, Riley Meredith, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Peter Handscomb, Sandeep Lamichhane, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Jordan Thompson, Harry Brook
Jimmy Peirson’s side is struggling in the tournament. They have won twice in the seven games they have played and staring at a tough situation going ahead into the tournament. The side went down by 2 wickets against the Sydney Sixers in the last game. Peirson would like his players to take inspiration from the good record they have had against the Hurricanes.
The side folded up for 105 runs in the last game and they would have to put that behind. Their openers have been in poor form and the side would need a good start from Pierson and Chris Lynn in this game. Tom Cooper has looked good, and he must steady the middle order with Ben Duckett and Sam Heazlett. Max Bryant must do well in this game down the order and add runs with Jack Wildermuth and Xavier Bartlett as the side has struggled in this area.
It was a spirited show by their bowlers in the last game when they nearly won the game from a position of hopelessness. Mark Steketee and Bartlett would look to repeat their form from the last game with the new ball. Mujeeb ur Rahman looked good and the side would want him to lead the attack in the middle overs and keep things under control. Wildermuth and James Bazley would also like to carry their confidence from the last game.
Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mark Steketee, Liam Guthrie, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ben Duckett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Matthew Kuhnemann, Chris Lynn
Hobart is likely to have overcast skies on January 1 with a strong possibility of showers during the game. Batsmen would find the conditions challenging during the game and they would need to play to the merit of the ball. A score of 160 runs or more would be a fighting total at this venue.
Bellerive Oval, Hobart is a small ground, and the short square boundaries offer lots of scoring opportunities to the batsmen. The wicket offers early assistance to the fast bowlers and they have done well here in the past. There is little on this surface for the spinners and they have gone for runs in most games.
We are likely to see rains during the game and in all likelihood, the game would have to be curtailed. The side chasing the score would have an advantage in such a scenerio. Hence, the side winning the toss in this game should have little hesitation in bowling first in this game.
Brisbane Heat has their task cut out. They have to win this game to stay alive in the competition. Their batting line-up would need to come up with a better show than what we have seen from them so her. The Hobart Hurricanes are on fire and their top order is delivering wins. The side would enjoy the home advantage and this would make them favorites in this game.
Hobart Hurricanes to win
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