One of the bigger matches of the season in the Big Bash League takes place on Wednesday when the Brisbane Heat entertain the Hobart Hurricanes with potential semi-final spots very much the focus of the contest.
The Heat go into the game in fourth place in the table and are two points ahead of the Hurricanes but should Hobart come away with the win here they will leap frog their opponents and put themselves in with a great chance of a postseason berth.
The Brisbane Heat side have been a difficult one to assess this season because when they have been good they have won and done so in style but when they have been bad they have been very poor indeed and well beaten so they are a side lacking consistency. I guess that is to be expected given their openly aggressive approach.
One thing that can’t be levelled at the Heat is that they are not good to watch. They are definitely appealing on the eye. They go into this match of the back of an emphatic win against the Perth Scorchers where they showed their experience especially with the bat when they took their time to get in before going big. That bodes well.
After two defeats to open the campaign where in truth they were utterly useless the Hobart Hurricanes now have three successive wins under their belts in the tournament and another one here would leave them in a wonderful position to progress through to the knockout stages with some favourable fixtures to come.
The big difference in their turnaround has been their batting form. They have found some real batting depth but the emergence of Jofra Archer with the ball has been key. He has been a real find this season. D’Arcy Short is one of the leading batsmen in the tournament too but others have started to perform as well.
Brisbane Heat will be without Chris Lynn for this match. He would have been away with Australia anyway but as it turns out he has a calf injury and will not feature in the contest. Jimmy Peirson is likely to go back to open.
Hobart Hurricanes have named the same squad from the match against the Sydney Sixers last time out. After three wins on the bounce they are likely to pick the exact same starting XI too.
I’m looking forward to this match. We have two of the more aggressive and attacking batting line ups in the competition on show here and we should get a decent enough game as a result. As ever I’m reluctant to predict the winner of a match at the Gabba though without knowing the outcome of the toss so I’ll head elsewhere for a bet.
The sixes continue to flow regularly on this ground. We even saw 13 in a match involving the Perth Scorchers here last time out and the Scorchers never got going with the bat. Hobart are batting very nicely at the minute and I expect that to continue here but the Sixers managed to belt them for half a dozen sixes on Monday so you’ve got to think this attacking Heat order will go big a few times. That leads me to think we will see the 13.5 sixes line covered.
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