About the Match
Brisbane Heat meted out a 32-run defeat to the Strikers in their last encounter to take their points tally to 6 and reaching the 4th position on the table; they now face hosts, Hobart Hurricanes on January 23rd at the Bellerive Oval to steady their position and make it to the final four. The Hurricanes on the other hand suffered a 5-wicket loss against the Stars in today’s match and with just 5 points on the table; this will be a do or die match for the hosts. This is the last league match for both sides before the semi-final stage and both will put their best foot forward to make it to the top four; it will be very interesting to see which team can overcome the challenge and emerge victorious here.
Daniel Vettori was back in the squad and he made quite a difference in the team’s fortunes as they won against the Strikers on Saturday, defending a low total of 129 runs. The senior bowler took 2 early wickets and inspired his fellow mates to step up and deliver with the ball; while Gannon took 3 wickets, Harris and Hopes took 2 wickets each to demolish the opponents. While the batsmen could have done much better, credit must be given to Kieswetter who built the innings single handed by scoring 51 runs off 46 deliveries; his partnership with McDermott yielded a 50-run partnership for the 4th wicket but with no support from the rest of the team, they could only attain 129 runs. Vettori and the other younger bowlers have performed consistently and their sharp bowling will pose a major challenge to the visitors; the batsmen also need to give a concerted effort here to keep their campaign alive.
Shoaib Malik was once again dismissed on a duck, this time due to a run-out and while Paine had done well in the previous matches, he too was sent packing by the Stars with no score in the very first ball of the innings. The other batsmen put up a fight with Dunk, Wells, Birt and Blizzard posting good partnerships but they could not get past 131 runs. The bowlers couldn’t defend the low total against the mighty Stars and lost the match by 5 wickets today. Hilfenhaus and Laughlin have delivered good results in the past and will be a key to the team’s success; the others also need to step up and provide teeth to their attack if they want to keep their hopes alive. The batsmen must live up to the expectations of the team and if they want to defeat Brisbane, the players need to perform in a coordinated and focused manner, taking the best advantage of playing on their home turf.
With only a point’s difference between the two teams in the run up to the semi-final stage, this match is of great importance to them as it will decide their fate in this tournament; while the hosts have the home advantage and will be super charged to do well in front of their fans, Brisbane Heat have better resources and are more likely to win this contest.
Brisbane Heat, 1.90 @ Bet365