About the Match
The Hurricanes are at the bottom of the table with no points yet and will host their second match of the tournament against Heat at Hobart on 22nd December. Heat is in the sixth position with zero points but a better run rate in comparison; it’s still early days in the series but both teams will try their best to win the match on Tuesday. While the hosts had lost their last game against Sixers by 95 runs, Heat had suffered defeat against Renegades by 7 wickets on Saturday. The upcoming match is the second game for both teams and they will come out all guns blazing to score their opening points here on Tuesday.
With 187 runs as target against the Sixers, the batting line-up studded with greats like Sangakkara crumbled like a pack of cards as they were all-out for just 91 runs within the 16th over. Except for George Bailey, who fought a lone battle by posting a well-made 62 off 45, the others were all dismissed for single digits with Sangakkara and opener Paine getting duck-out. Ben Dunk, Daniel Christian, Sammy and others failed to add runs and it led to a total collapse for the team.
Earlier in the match, the bowlers had proved to be costly as players like Mennie, Sammy, Dunk, Rainbird and Shaun Tait gave away too many easy runs; although Tait and Boyce took 2 wickets, it wasn’t enough to restrict the Sixers from getting to a massive 186 runs.
While they have a strong batting line-up which can definitely help their team bounce back with a win, the bowlers will need to strategize well and use their skills to outwit the opposition. Tim Paine must lead from the front and use the resources to their advantage against Heat.
Their batting line-up consists of players like Simmons, Peirson, Chris Lynn, Joe Burns and Ben Cutting, who can impress with the bat and keep the scoreboard ticking; against Renegades, they put up a massive 180-run target, which however, was not defended by the bowlers. They will need to stay positive minded and continue to do well with bat and ball to bounce back with a win here.
In the match against Renegades, the bowlers put up a lacklustre performance as Hopes, Fekete, Lalor, Steketee and Cutting couldn’t restrict the opposition from getting the required runs. Although Fekete took 2 wickets, he proved to be the most expensive giving away 44 runs in his 4-over spell. They will need to be more disciplined and put pressure on the Hurricanes if they want to defeat them in their own backyard.
With a batting line-up that’s in good form, Heat can do well in the upcoming match provided the bowlers can pull out some tricks from up their sleeves in order to contain the opponent.
Both teams have good batsmen and result oriented bowlers but they need to gel well as a unit to succeed under critical situations; although the contest could swing either way, we feel that Hurricanes with the home advantage are better placed to win the match on Tuesday