Hobart Hurricanes will be taking on Brisbane heat in 20th match of the ongoing big bash league today at Gabba international cricket stadium. Hurricanes have been enjoying the decent outing in the tournament so far with three wins from five games. Their captain and seasonal campaigner Mathew Wade are unavailable due to national duty despite this hurricanes has got the best batting unit in the tournament. Seniors like Colin Munro, McDermott and D’archy short are complementing each other very well. James Faulkner has been their revelation when it comes to their bowling department. The medium-pacer has developed decent skills that require troubling the batsmen in t20. He along with fellow medium-pacer Riley Meredith is among the top wicket-takers in the tournament so far. Overall a well-balanced unit a win over here will take them inch closer to the play-offs.
Brisbane heat is another hand is having a mixed tournament so far. Their star batsmen and captain Chris Lynn is unavailable due to injury. Wicket-keeper batsmen Jimmy Peirson is leading the side. The best part about them is they have won their last game against hurricanes. The availability of Lewis Gregory and Joe Denly will boost their chances. Lack of foreign recruits is costing them badly. If they have invested in quality batsmen who could do the finishing duties then this side will look different. They too are a well-balanced side but not having bowlers with t20 mould is also a problem for them. You can’t simply write-off heat’s chances. A win will help them to stay alive with their playoff dream.
Players to watch out for:
D’arcy Short is one of the BBL veterans who is known for his consistent performance. This year his form has dipped a bit and big score is not coming so far from him. With favourable batting conditions, you can expect him to regain his lost form with a match-winning knock today.
Tom Cooper is one of the consistent batsmen in BBL CBTF arena and is one of the rare commodities who can play both spin and pace bowling well. If Brisbane heat will look to stay alive in this season then tom cooper needs to fire all his cylinders. He will love to do that in the favourable batting conditions.
Expected Playing XI:
Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb (C&WK), Colin Ingram, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Wil Parker, Riley Meredith, and Scott Boland.
Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, James Bazley, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson (C&WK), Joe Denly, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Mark Steketee, and Xavier Bartlett
So far Gabba has produced some good scores in this season and you can expect the same today as well. But extra-bounce and swing will favour the bowlers. So if the batsmen want to put up a strong score on board then they need to patient and spend some time in the middle. Chasing team will have a slight advantage.
Hobart hurricanes look more balanced and have got the depth in both batting and bowling department. So you can expect them to emerge as victorious.