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Rain played spoilsport on the opening weekend of the WBBL and we are hoping for much better weather this time around. One of the few teams to get at least one result in were Brisbane Heat and the Hobart Hurricanes.
Heat managed to get past an expensively assembled Perth Scorchers outfit while the Hobart Hurricanes suffered to a heavy loss at the hands of the Adelaide Strikers. As they say, a lot of changes but a lot remains the same!
Can Brisbane Heat continue its winning run even without some of its biggest players this season? That is what we are here to find out!
Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes WBBL 2020 is going to be played at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney on the 31st of October 2020.
An excellent all-round display by Brisbane Heat in their opening match against the Perth Scorchers helps set the tone for their season to follow. What we saw in that match was a side that is not afraid to change things up, play the match-ups well, and be aggressive in everything it does.
Amelia Kerr, Nicola Hancock, and Delissa Kimmince were the standout bowlers for Brisbane Heat in the opening match. We thought Jess Jonassen bowled very well also but she did not get any wickets. As far as the bowling goes, Brisbane Heat has a strong lineup and one that is going to be very confident of taking down the Hobart Hurricanes batting.
Chasing down a total of 134 can be tricky in the WBBL but Brisbane Heat managed that in 17 overs. The batting lineup was a bit different than what we had expected and showed that Jess Jonassen is willing to change things around.
Georgia Redmayne and Maddy Green opened the batting while Grace Harris was used as the enforcer in the middle order. Jess Jonassen herself batted at number three and struck the ball cleanly. The idea seems to be to give the batters who have trouble clearing the boundaries time in the powerplay and then to let the power hitters finish ff the inning strong.
It is an interesting tactic that worked very well in the first match.
Georgia Redmayne, Maddy Green, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Jess Jonassen, Amelia Kerr, Grace Harris, Nadine de Klerk, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Nicola Hancock.
Losing two wickets on the first two deliveries of the match and three inside the first two overs is never ideal. Not too many teams are going to be able to recover from that start since a lot of WBBL teams load their top-order with their best players.
Also, the depth in the batting is missing for a lot of teams including the Hobart Hurricanes.
For this match, the Hurricanes will be hoping for some more fight from Rachel Priest, Hayley Matthews, and Naomi Stalenberg. The lack of quality in the middle and lower order makes the Hobart Hurricanes batting always susceptible to a collapse.
We think they should be able to put a better fight in this match against Brisbane Heat but their overall batting strength is quite poor.
Unfortunately, the Hobart Hurricanes do not have a very good bowling attack either. Average medium-pace bowling and slow trundlers that do not spin the ball much are what you are going to see. Nicola Carey, Hayley Matthews, and Belinda Vakarewa will need to strike early against Brisbane Heat otherwise their attack could really struggle.
Rachel Priest, Erica Kershaw, Corinne Hall, Naomi Stalenberg, Sasha Moloney, Nicola Carey, Hayley Matthews, Chloe Tryon, Belinda Vakarewa, Brooke Hepburn, Amy Smith.
The rain could force a truncated match in which case the team that chases has an advantage. This is why the team that wins the toss is most likely going to want to bat second.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The rain is receding in Sydney but it has still not completely gone away. We are going to see many more matches being washed out this weekend. We think Brisbane Heat would be disappointed at having to share points in this match but the Hobart Hurricanes would not mind it too much!
If we do get some play, the pitch is expected to be decent for batting with a bit of help in it for the spinners. The outfield is going to be slow since there has been a lot of rain in Sydney over the past few days.
We think Brisbane Heat is the team to back in this contest. It is never wise to write off any team completely but the Hobart Hurricanes look set to have another terrible season in the WBBL. Only something truly special could help them have a good season.
Bet on Brisbane Heat to win.
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