About the Match
Brisbane Heat defeated Perth Scorchers by 49 runs to garner 8 points and come to the 4th place on the table; they will host Hobart Hurricanes, who are in the 5th place with 6 points, at the Gabba stadium, Brisbane on 10th January. Hurricanes won the match against Sydney Sixers by 5 runs in a close contest and will be eager to continue their winning momentum; it needs to be seen if the hosts can dominate here to climb further up the ladder.
The top-order batsmen built strong partnerships batting first against Scorchers, and posted a gigantic 191; Ben Cutting top-scored with 46 off 20 while Joe Burns, Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn contributed with 30+ runs each to keep their scoreboard ticking. Fast-bowler Brendan Doggett claimed a superb 5-35 while pacer Mark Steketee took 3 wickets to stifle the opponents. Spinners Yasir Shah and Mitchell Swepson dismissed one opponent each, and they won the match by 49 runs.
Mitchell Swepson’s brilliant 3-14 helped them restrict Melbourne Stars to 141 runs; others like Yasir Shah, Mark Steketee and Ben Cutting also provided regular breakthroughs to contain the Stars.
Openers Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum then posted powerful knocks with the bat to steer the team to a fine victory by 9 wickets. While Lynn scored 63 off 46, McCullum contributed with 61 off 30 balls; they are in good form to repeat the winning performance yet again.
Brisbane Heat has registered two consecutive victories and will be determined to keep their winning momentum going; they are playing in their own backyard and could prove to be a tough nut to crack.
Batting first against Sydney Sixers, they posted a well-made 170 which the bowlers then defended successfully to win the match by 5 runs. D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade scored 40+ runs each while Daniel Christian and Simon Milenko did well to score 28 and 22 runs respectively. Ben McDermott and George Bailey helped to keep the scoreboard ticking and add depth to the batting line-up from the middle. Later, speedsters, T Mills and Daniel Christian took 3 wickets between them while spinner Clive Rose provided a useful breakthrough to help win the contest.
Earlier against Adelaide Strikers, D’Arcy Short posted a superb 96 off just 58 deliveries to take the total to 183; he got good support from Alex Doolan, Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott. Windies pacer Jofra Archer displayed his superb skills, bowling with precision and claiming 3-15 in 4 overs to stifle the opponents in the chase. Clive Rose and T Mills provided one wicket each to help wrap up a win by a close margin of 7 runs.
The Hurricanes have proved to be a formidable force to reckon with, putting up a good show with bat and ball; they could pose a stiff challenge to the hosts here.
Both teams have had a mixed run so far, and are doing well to be at the top half of the table so far; while Brisbane Heat has a deep batting unit, Hurricanes’ bowlers are in good form. It could be a close contest, but we feel that the hard-hitting hosts are better placed to emerge victorious on Wednesday