The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips as Brisbane Heat aim to knock off Hobart Hurricanes yet again.
History: Played 17: Hurricanes 10 V Heat 7
Last meeting: December 27, 2020: Heat d Hurricanes by 4 wickets at The Gabba
Final Thoughts: Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat lock horns at The Gabba for the second time in four days. The previously winless Heat are shooting for back-to-back upsets.
The Hurricanes grinded their way to 7/148 batting first on Sunday night. They struggled to build a decent partnership, while D’Arcy Short top-scored with just 27. Lewis Gregory (3/22) was the standout bowler for an impressive Heat attack.
A sizzling 73-run opening stand from Sam Heazlett (48 off 27) and Max Bryant (31 off 19) laid the platform for Brisbane’s comfortable chase. Debutant James Bazley (31* off 19) finished it off with 16 balls to spare.
Despite their struggles in recent seasons, the Heat have become something of a bogey for the Hurricanes – beating the playoffs qualifiers in both games in BBL|09.
Sunday’s result revives the Heat’s hopes of making something of the BBL|10 summer after losing their first three games. Perhaps most impressively, they did it without champion opener Chris Lynn, who is out for six matches with hamstring injury.
The Hurricanes have been otherwise impressive, winning three of their previous four games. Colin Ingram, Ben McDermott and Tim David are among the BBL’s top-10 runscorers, while James Faulkner and Riley Meredith have been strong with the ball. They will be anxious to get more from Short, however. The big-hitting opener is averaging just 21.40, including three scores of two or less.
The ‘Canes, who have been boosted by the arrival of gun Englishman Dawid Malan, are warm $1.62 to bounce back. But the Heat turned a big corner last time out and their value to thwart the Tasmanian outfit again can’t be ignored.