Big Bash League Predictions 2019: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat
January 3, 2020,
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
The 21st match of the Big Bash League 2019-20 will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat on Friday.
Both teams Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat are lying in the bottom half of the points table. While the Hurricanes are placed fifth with four points (two losses and two wins), the Heat have just won one game and is second from the bottom with two points. Hobart Hurricanes have had a very start-stop sort of a tournament so far.
The Hurricanes have won one and lost one alternately. After defending 129 in the opening game, they failed to chase down 164 against the Melbourne Stars before they chased 148 against Melbourne Renegades to register their second win of the season. However, in the return fixture against the Melbourne Stars, the rain had the last laugh and also, dented the Hobart Hurricanes as a stop-start game meant they never got any momentum going. They eventually lost by four runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat have lost three out of their four games and all of them have been while chasing. Despite boasting of a strong batting line-up, the Heat has failed to challenge the opposition batting second. Their only win came on the back of a Chris Lynn blitz which helped them score 209 batting first. Thus, they need to pull up their socks as things are starting to heat up in the tournament.
Hobart Hurricanes performance in Big Bash League:
The batting hasn’t really stood up for the Hobart Hurricanes so far in this tournament. It hasn’t helped either that they’ve played on slightly sluggish tracks but the batting has been far from convincing.
Barring D’Arcy Short, none of the other batsmen have put in significant contributions. Short is the only Hobart batsman who has made more than 100 runs in the tournament. He has scored 120 runs which include a couple of half-centuries.
The likes of Ben McDermott, David Miller and George Bailey have failed to step up. While the Hobart skipper has 88 runs from four innings, Bailey has barely played two innings and Miller has scored just 48 runs from four innings.
On the other hand, the bowling has been very good. Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith, and James Faulkner are leading the wicket charts for the team. While the Afghan leg-spinner has taken six wickets in this BBL, Meredith and Faulkner have shared 15 wickets between them and both of them have an economy under 6.
Brisbane Heat performance in Big Bash League:
The Brisbane Heat have a gun batting line-up and they seem very strong on paper as well. In four games, there have been three different players who have made a half-century but there has been absolutely no consistency from the batsmen. None of them have even got proper starts in the other games and they’ve failed as a batting unit.
Tom Banton, Chris Lynn, and Matt Renshaw have got the fifties but have struggled to show consistency. Max Bryant has been poor at the top of the order and has had four successive failures. He may get a couple more chances to prove himself else it may not be long before he is replaced.
The others in the middle like Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting and wicket-keeper bat Jimmy Peirson haven’t contributed enough either.
Mitchell Swepson and Zahir Khan have taken nine wickets together. However, the former is with the Australian Test team and won’t be a part of this game.
The bowling attack has done decently. The spinners have done quite a bit of talking. Josh Lalor and Ben Laughlin have been slightly expensive but have taken five and four wickets respectively.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Predicted line-up:
D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott (wk), David Miller, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith
Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the second of four games to be played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart during the Big Bash League 2019-20 season.
Hobart Hurricanes won the first game at the venue this season by 7 wickets while chasing a target of mere 148.
3 T20I have played at the venue and the teams setting up the target have won two of them. 182 is the 1st inning average score while 2nd inning’s average score is 167.
213 is the highest score recorded at the venue while 179 is the lowest target defended.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat: Today's Match Prediction
- Hobart Hurricanes have been dominating the head to head clash and have won 10 of the 14. They have won all 4 clashes in the past two year.
- Ben Cutting need just 10 more runs to complete 1100 runs for Brisbane Heat. He is the franchise’s 2nd all-time highest run getter and leading wicket taker (57).
- Josh Lalor need 2 more wickets to overtake Mitch Swepson to become Brisbane Heat’s 3rd all-time leading wicket –taker.
- Tim Paine needs 1 more run to complete his 1200 runs for Hobart Hurricanes.
- Ben Laughlin (39) need 4 more wickets to level with Cameron Boyce for Hobart Hurricanes all-time leading wicket-taker.