About the Match
Brisbane Heat has started its BBL campaign in a positive way, winning both the matches played so far; they are at the top of the table with 4 points and will take on Hurricanes, who are currently placed 5th with 2 points, on 30th December at Brisbane. Hurricanes lost their last game against Melbourne Stars by 7 wickets and will be eager to make a comeback here. The hosts on the other hand would leave no stone unturned to keep their winning spree going. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges on the field and win this contest on Friday.
Chasing 158 runs against Thunder, Chris Lynn posted a brilliant 85 off 48 that consisted of 10 boundaries and 3 sixes; he remained unbeaten and steered the team across the finish line with 2 balls to spare. Jack Wildermuth played a useful knock scoring 29 off 20 and also taking 2 wickets earlier on with his fast-bowling skills. Players like McCullum and Peirson Cutting couldn’t impress with the bat but they have a good line-up that could try to build a strong foundation here.
The bowlers have been consistently taking wickets and in the game against Thunder, spinners Samuel Badree and Swepson took 3 wickets between them while speedsters Steketee and Ben Cutting took a wicket each to stifle the opponents and help win the match by 3 wickets.
Against Strikers, the top-order batsmen came out all guns blazing to post a gigantic total of 206 runs batting first; Alex Ross top-scored with 64 off 36 while Peirson and McCullum posted 40+ runs each to keep the scoreboard ticking. Chris Lynn is in good form and he can stabilize the middle order along with others like Ross, Cutting and Burns. They have won two games in a row and the players are high on morale which gives them the edge to win here.
Tim Paine led from the front again, this time against Stars by scoring a stupendous 91 off 61 batting first; although the others in the top-order didn’t support him, George Bailey stood firmly at the other end, posting an unbeaten 74 off 46 to take the total to 188. However, the bowlers couldn’t put up a disciplined attack and players like Shaun Tait, Kingston and Boyce proved to be too expensive. Fast-bowler Stuart Broad was brilliant with figures of 2-35 while spinner Clive Rose tried to stifle the opponents; however, the others were ineffective in defending the strong total.
In the match against Sixers, the batsmen put up a tremendous effort building steady partnerships and posting a challenging total of 200; Paine and Short scoed 60+ runs each while others like Bailey, Sangakkara and Daniel Christian did well to keep the runs flowing. Speedsters Tait and Kingston took 5 wickets between them while spinner Clive Rose claimed 2-14 in 2 overs to restrict the opponents. Boyce and Short provided good support and helped win the match by a massive 60 runs.
Overall, they are a strong unit that can perform well under pressure to win matches; they could try to do well with bat and ball in order to win and move higher up the table.
Hurricanes have a well-balanced team with experienced batsmen and result-oriented bowlers but we feel that Brisbane Heat with the home advantage is better placed to win on Friday