About the Match
The bottom two teams in the league, Heat and Hurricanes will meet each other for the twelfth match of the series at Brisbane on 29th December; while the hosts have zero points after three matches played so far, Hurricanes have 2 points in their kitty after two matches, having defeated Heat the last time around. The upcoming match will be a perfect opportunity for Heat to avenge their previous defeat and open their points tally; on the other hand, Hurricanes will be eager to continue with their winning momentum and climb up the ladder.
Tim Paine, Sangakkara and George bailey powered the Hurricanes to 184 runs batting first against Heat the last time they met; while Paine posted a heroic 87 off 58, Sangakkara and Bailey kept the scoreboard ticking with their useful knocks. The bowlers led by Rainbird, who took 3-37, restricted the opposition to 164 runs to win the match. Christian took 2 wickets while the others helped with quick breakthroughs to put the pressure on Heat.
In the last match against Sixers, they suffered a humiliating defeat by a massive 95 runs after failing to chase a formidable 187-run target; barring Bailey, who posted a well-made 62 off 45 deliveries, all the others in the batting line-up including Sangakkara, Paine, Dunk and Christian fell for single digits.
They do have the psychological advantage of having defeated Heat in the last game but they need to focus on building a strong total if batting first or chase with confidence; the bowlers are in good form and they could definitely be a tough unit to crack here.
They yet again put up a dismal performance against the Scorchers in the last game as they posted just 117 runs batting first, which was poorly defended by the bowlers. Although Chris Lynn put up a valiant effort of scoring 75 off 58 balls, he remained the lone fighter and the rest of the batting line-up fell like a pack of cards, all scoring in single digits.
On the bowling front, Badree, Cutting and Lalor tried to stifle the opposition in the run-flow but they couldn’t get the required breakthroughs with the wickets. The last time they contested the Hurricanes, the bowling squad gave away too many runs as Fekete and Hopes went at more than 10 runs per over. With 185 runs as the target, the batsmen crumbled under pressure and they lost the match by 20 runs.
They need to start performing better in all departments of the game if they want to keep their hopes alive this season; having the advantage of playing at home, Heat cold well bounce back here with a much-needed win.
While Heat have the home advantage, they have been putting up dismal performances with both bat and ball; Hurricanes on the other hand have earlier defeated the hosts and will go in with determination to repeat that winning performance. Although the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that Hurricanes are better placed to win the match on Tuesday