About the Match
Heat continues to be at the bottom of the table with no points yet and will now host Thunder, who are in the first position with 6 points after 4 matches, in the upcoming match at Brisbane on 3rd January. Heat has lost 4 straight matches, the recent loss being against Hurricanes; Thunder, on the other hand won three of their first games but lost the last match against Hurricanes by 11 runs after a thrilling contest. While the visitors would be eager to bounce back with a win here, Heat needs a victory now if they want to keep their hopes alive; the teams will surely fight hard on Sunday to dominate and entertain the crowds.
Bowling seems to be their major concern as they continue to give away too many runs to the opposition; in the game against Hurricanes, although Badree took 2 wickets, the others couldn’t reign in the batsmen from the opposite camp thereby leading to a humungous target of 195 runs, which was too hard for the batsmen to achieve in the end despite a valiant effort by Lynn.
Lynn also showed his brilliance in the match against Scorchers, wherein he posted 75 off 58 deliveries; his recent 101 runs against Hurricanes shows his good form and he is definitely a strong asset for the team. However, the others in the batting line-up like Simmons, Forrest, Peirson and Reardon have been inconsistent with the bat and need to come out all guns blazing on Sunday.
Bowlers Steketee and Fekete are able to come up with wickets but must put up a disciplined attack in order to contain the run-flow of the opposition; Badree is sharp and economical while Lalor, Cutting and Floros provide variety in the squad but need to stay focused on the end goals.
It was a shocking defeat against Hurricanes on New Year’s Day that stopped their winning juggernaut in the tournament; however, with three straight wins, they have put themselves in the top of the table and will try to bounce back with another good performance. Clint McKay took 4-28 while Kallis and Fawad Ahmed spun their way around to take a wicket each; however, with a competitive 164 runs target to chase, the batsmen failed to win the match despite a brilliant 71-run knock by Hussey.
In the previous match against Strikers, McKay and Russell took 2 wickets each to restrict the opposition to a lowly 117 runs; they got good support from Fawad Ahmed, Kallis and Sandhu who provided regular breakthroughs. Kallis and Blizzard opened the chase with a strong 66-run stand while Watson and Russell helped them comfortably win the match by 7 wickets.
They have a star studded batting line-up with experts like Hussey, Kallis and Watson; Blizzard, Russell and others in the middle order look good to contribute with the bat and if the bowlers can repeat their brilliance on Sunday, then this team will surely be a tough challenge for the hosts.
Heat is yet to win a match in the league and this is a good opportunity for them to impress their fans with a much-needed win here; however, the Thunder batsmen are a formidable force to reckon with and they seem better placed to dominate and win the match on Sunday