About the Match
Brisbane Heat has been knocked out of the tournament having only 2 points and will host Hobart Hurricanes, who have 6 points from 7 matches and stand in the 5th position, in the upcoming league on 15th Jan at the Gabba Stadium. Brisbane has not performed well losing 6 out of 7 matches whereas the Hurricanes won 3 and lost 4 matches, with their last win coming on 9th Jan against Sydney Thunder. While the hosts face their last game of the season, the Hurricanes will fight hard to make it to the next stage; it will be interesting to watch if they can overcome the challenge from the hosts and triumph on Thursday.
It was a pathetic performance by the Brisbane batting line-up as 5 of the batsmen got duck-out against the Renegades in the last match; once again they suffered defeat, this time losing the match by 5 wickets. They could set a target of just 81 runs after getting all out in 17.3 overs itself with Captain Jimmy Peirson, Joe Burns, Jason Floros, Chris Lynn and Dermott failing to score any runs; only Ben Cutting scored 30 off 35 balls and Peter Forrest scored run-a-ball 22 in what was a disappointing effort by their mates. They are already out of the competition being the last team on the table with just 2 points; they should give their 100% efforts in both bowling and batting however even with strong players like Andrew Flintoff, Peter Forrest and Ben Cutting, they turned out to be the weakest contender in the series. Bowlers like James Hopes and Daniel Christian being the key wicket-takers can make a last effort to score a face saving win in the upcoming match.
The Hurricanes lost their previous game against Perth Scorchers by 18 runs; the batsmen failed to chase down 141 runs with most players scoring below 10 runs. Michael Hill tried to fight back as he blasted 64 runs off 55 balls to get the team to a stable position while Tim Paine scored 19 off 15 and Jonathan Wells scored a well-made run-a-ball 18 runs. On the bowling front, Tim Bresnan took 3 wickets in 4 overs and Jake Reed took 2 wickets in 3 overs but their efforts could not help the team win the match against the strong Perth Scorchers. Against Sydney Thunder, they had performed well with Hill, Dunk and Malik ensuring to take the team safely home after achieving the required 82 runs in 14 overs. Reed had been the most successful bowler with a figure of 4-11, which broke the backbone of the opponent’s batting line-up with help from Hilfenhaus, Gulbis and Bresnan. They have a well-balanced team with impressive batting line-up and depth in bowling; this match is crucial for them as a win here could guarantee a spot in the semi-finals.
The hosts are in terrible form and if they want to prove themselves and earn redemption here, they should utilize their talent with better determination. However, Hobart Hurricanes have a good mix of established batsmen and bowlers and look well placed to overcome the challenge and keep their hopes alive.
Hobart Hurricanes, 1.66 @ Bet365