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We are not even halfway into the Big Bash League and things are looking beautifully set. There is already a still compeition for the top spot with possibility of any of the top four teams getting to the top in the upcoming match. The bottom of the table, however, isn't as tightly packed with the difference of points between the team placed at the fifth spot and the team placed at the eighth spot being four points. Up next in the tournament are Hobart Hurricanes set to take on Brisbane Heat in a match that is set to be played at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, on 3rd January. Both the sides have had a poor tournament thus far and will be looking to kick-start their respective campaigns. One of the two sides is sure to success here and we expect a hard-fought contest on Friday.
Arguably the best side of the last edition of the Big Bash League, Hobart Hurricanes haven't gotten off to the kind of start they were after. Even after playing four matches, they are struggling for rhythm and are placed at the fifth spot with four points to their name. They have a pretty low net run-rate of -0.363 and they'd certainly like to improve on it.
Hurricanes got off to a solid start to the tournament, defeating Sydney Sixers by a margin of 25 runs in a low scoring encounter. However, they lost their way against Melbourne Stars as their batting flopped once again in a chase of a total of 163. They were dismissed completely for a total of 111.
It wouldn't be wise to conclude too much from their last outing, which was reduced to 11 overs a side due to rain. Hobart Hurricanes scored a total of 69 for 5 in 11 overs, a total that was pretty low by all standards. The match was decided on the basis of Duckworth and Lewis Method before rain intervened once again with Melborune Stars in supreme position.
Last year, the opening partnership of D'Arcy Short and Matthew Wade played a vital role in Hurricanes' success, but the same factor has been missing for the Hurricanes since the beginning of this edition. Their batsmen have failed to fire so far and unless they find form in the upcoming match, its going to be a laborious job for the Hurricanes in their upcoming fixture.
D'Arcy Short, Simon Milenko, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, David Miller, GJ Bailey, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Clive Rose, Qais Ahmad, Riley Meredith.
While Brisbane Heat have a couple of points less than Hobart Hurricanes, their campaign has more or less been the same. They are placed at the second spot from the bottom with a net run-rate of -0.538 and would need something special in the upcoming fixture.
Brisbane Heat have featured in only four matches this season, but they have shown it all. Their total has ranged from 109 all-out to 209 for 4 and that range speaks volumes about the kind of consistency or lack thereof their batsmen have shown in the tournament thus far.
After a herculean batting effort against the Sixers, they failed come come anywhere closer to that as they were restricted for just 109 runs. While their bowling has done a pretty decent job in the tournament so far, their batting has struggled with consistency. If their batting can perform as it did against the Sixers, the Hurricanes will have their work cut out.
Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan.
Brisbane Heat have an explosive top order that can be dangerous to deal with even for the best bowling battery. Chris Lynn has been in tremendous form and containing him would be a challenge. Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, appear to be a little too over-reliant on D'Arcy Short to score and score quickly. Their batting has underperformed and it would be interesting to see how it does in this high-pressure encounter. Comparing the two teams on the basis of perfromances in the series so far, there is nothing to choose between them. However, on paper, Brisbane Heat appear to be a slightly better unit and are, therefore, our pick to win the upcoming match on Friday.
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