About the Match
Brisbane Heat had won its first match of the season against Perth Scorchers to open their tally with 2 points on the table; whereas the Hurricanes have 1 point from the match against Strikers that had to be abandoned due to rains. The hosts won convincingly by 3 wickets and will look to sharpen their skills further for the upcoming matches; on the other hand Hobart will be more than eager to start the league on a promising note with the help of its talented set of players. The match on Saturday is sure to provide the fireworks and will definitely keep the audience enthralled.
Ben Cutting and Alister McDermott took turns to wipe out the Scorchers batting line-up with precision; the duo took 3 wickets each and made it difficult for the opponents to build strong partnerships and with the help of Daniel Vettori, who took the wicket of Voges, they restricted Scorchers to a low 151 runs. Faced with a target of 152 runs, the Brisbane team staggered at first only to be steadied by Lynn’s magnificent 81 off 53 deliveries that saw them achieve the target with 2 balls to spare. With no support from the top order, Lynn showed great determination and with some support from Hopes and Christian, he kept the scoreboard ticking and smashed away 4 fours and 6 sixes to take his team home safely. They need to be more focused in the upcoming matches as the competition is all set to get tougher; the players seem confident to bring out their best and win the next match against the Hurricanes.
The bowlers had a rough time in the first match and were unsuccessful in taking wickets against the Strikers; however, the match was abandoned due to rains and the players might have had enough time to think about their strategy for the upcoming games. While Bailey is not available due to his Ashes commitment, there are a number of experienced players like Travis Birt, Shoaib Malik, Aiden Blizzard and Owais Shah, who can take charge and guide the younger players. Bowlers like Joe Mennie, Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty and Ben Laughlin will provide the variety in bowling and need to deliver results with a more focused approach. Overall, the team has the resources to do well and can topple the best of teams if they apply a good strategy and have the determination to succeed. They need to collectively play as a team and put up a strong fight to ensure that they make it to the final four.
Brisbane Heat has a good mix of experienced and talented players and they have started the campaign on a winning note that has given them a positive outlook towards upcoming matches; Hobart Hurricanes too has key resources that bring their skills and experience to the table and will be a formidable force to reckon with. However, Brisbane Heat has the home advantage and coupled with their confidence from their recent win, they will be a difficult side to beat here.
Brisbane Heat, 1.67 @ William Hill