The shimmer of BBL 2019-20 continues with another enthralling encounter as Brisbane Heat lock horns with Hobart Hurricanes in Match 29 of the tournament.
Brisbane Heat have failed to live up to their expectations so far in the season. Despite being equipped with a formidable squad, Heat have won only three out of their six games this season. After amassing six points in six games, Heat are currently sitting fifth in the points table with an aim to break into the Top-4 of the table.
Brisbane Heat’s previous game against Sydney Thunder was a rain-marred affair, where Chris Lynn and Co registered a victory by 16 runs (D/L method). Tom Banton and Chris Lynn steered Heat to a flying start after smashing 56 and 31 runs respectively. The opening duo has the potential of turning any match in their side’s favour. Jack Prestwidge, who scalped two wickets against Thunder, will be steering Heat’s bowling force.
Hobart Hurricanes also have had a similar journey so far in the tournament. Like Brisbane Heat, Hurricanes have also gathered six points in six matches and are currently poised seventh on the points table. Hurricanes will be eager to break into the top half of the table by registering a win in this encounter. In the previous five encounters between Hurricanes and Heat, Hurricanes have been triumphant on four occasions.
In their previous match against Perth Scorchers, Hurricanes showcased a strong batting performance while posting 180 runs on the scoreboard. D’Arcy Short continued his stellar form as he smashed a brilliant ton off 70 balls. He weaved his explosive knocks around 3 fours and 7 sixes. Scott Boland and Nathan Ellis scalped two wickets each to steer Hurricanes to the victory.
Pitch and Conditions
Brisbane has hosted only one match so far in the tournament. In the first and only match at this venue in BBL 2019-20, Sydney Thunder gathered 172 runs on the board after opting to bat first. In reply, Brisbane Heat succumbed to the score of 143 runs and Thunder clinched the victory by 29 runs. There are no chances of rain whatsoever in Brisbane as the weather is anticipated to be mostly sunny. The temperature is expected to hover around 30 degrees Celcius with moderate levels of humidity, according to AccuWeather.
The MCG pith isn’t touted to be a batting paradise as mammoth scores were not posted on this venue last season. In the last BBL match on this wicket, both teams failed to go past the 150+ mark. There’s a very low chance of rain to intervene in the game. The temperature is expected to hover around 24 degrees Celcius with moderate levels of humidity, according to Accuweather.
The opening duo of Chris Lynn and Tom Banton would be eager to provide Heat a stellar start. The duo stitched a quick-fire 90-run partnership in Heat’s last match against Sydney Thunder. Tom Banton stole the limelight after mustering 56 runs off just 19 balls which included 7 sixes.
Matt Renshaw has also delivered vital performances at times for his side. Jack Prestwidge, who has scalped eight wickets in his last five matches for Heat, will be heading their bowling attack. Ben Laughlin has also scalped wickets at a consistent rate this season.
Predicted XI: Tom Banton, Max Bryant/Joe Burns, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin
D’Arcy Short has been in astounding form this season. The left-hander slammed a ton to single-handedly steer Hurricanes to a total of 180 runs. However, Hurricanes will miss the services of the explosive batsman due to international duties. Matthew Wade has been included in the side in his absence. Hurricanes also have David Miller and skipper Ben McDermott in their batting arsenal.
Riley Meredith, who has picked up 10 wickets so far this season, will also be missing the encounter due to injury. Hurricanes’ bowling attack is expected to be steered by Qais Ahmad and Scott Boland in Meredith’s absence. Wade and Jewel are expected to open the innings. However, David Miller is also expected to be assigned the opener’s role in Short’s absence.
Predicted XI: Matthew Wade, Caleb Jewel, Ben McDermott (C & WK), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, David Moody, Tom Rogers
Probable Top Performers
Chris Lynn– Brisbane Heat |Ben McDermott – Hobart Hurricanes
TV– Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony Liv
Match Timings – 04:10 PM IST, and 06:40 PM local time
The prediction for Hobart Hurricanes to win the match.
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