BBL Preview: Heat v Hurricanes

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes: Wednesday 7:40pm AEDT at The Gabba, Brisbane

The Hobart Hurricanes won their third straight match in the Big Bash and are now within touching distance of the top half of the table. They will be traveling to Brisbane and take on the Brisbane Heat who are currently placed immediately above them. The match promises to be an exciting one now that both teams have hit their stride.

Heat v Hurricanes Recommended Bets
Winner Brisbane Heat WIN ($1.62)
Top Heat Batsman Joe Burns ($5.00)
Top Hurricanes Batsman Darcy Short ($3.20)
Top Heat Bowler Yasir Shah ($3.70)
Top Hurricanes Bowler Jofra Archer ($3.20)

Match Preview

The Brisbane Heat will once again be without Chris Lynn for at least the next three weeks after his calf injury was diagnosed to be more severe than initially thought. It is a big blow to the team because Chris Lynn’s presence made their batting immeasurably more destructive. It also means that Brendon McCullum has to look for a new opening partner since Jimmy Pearson was shunted down the order after some underwhelming performances.

The Heat still has plenty of firepower, though, with McCullum, Burns, Ross, and Cutting all in excellent form. They have also probably gotten somewhat used to playing without Chris Lynn because of his frequent injuries and so will have a fallback plan in place.

The bowling unit of the Brisbane Heat is also doing quite well thanks to Yasir Shah and Mitchell Swepson. Both the bowlers are piling on the pressure on the batsmen ensuring that the other bowlers also benefit from the same.

Their bowling will need to be at its best against the Hobart Hurricanes, a team that is currently in excellent batting form.

Useful contributions from almost everyone in the Hobart batting unit helped them score 170 against the Sixers which they ended up defending by the skin of their teeth. This was their third consecutive victory with the margin of victory being less than 10 runs in all of them.

Darcy Short continued his fantastic Big Bash with 42 but the Wolf thinks the biggest gain for the Hurricanes was Dan Christian and Simon Milenko getting some quick runs at the end. It added to their batting depth and reiterated them as a team that is packed with power hitters throughout the batting order.

The Hurricanes will want to win at least a couple of games without giving a heart attack to their supporters but for some reason or the other their bowlers struggle to keep the runs down. Dan Christian and Tymal Mills are going at over 9 runs an over for the entire tournament and while Rose, Boyce, and Archer have been marginally better, they too tend to go for some runs at crucial times.

The Hurricanes must keep scoring enough runs to compensate for their bowlers but that could be a tough task against one of the better batting sides in the tournament.

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Head to Head

The Hobart Hurricanes hold a 6-4 advantage over the Brisbane Heat and have actually won five out of the last seven matches against them. The two teams have met each other six times at the Gabba and shared the honors 3-3.

The Brisbane Heat batsmen like the pace on the ball and that is something they will get plenty of at the Gabba. Their batting is strong even without Lynn and they have the bowlers to stop the Hurricanes from making it four in a row.

Bet: Brisbane Heat WIN ($1.62)

Top Brisbane Heat Batsman

Joe Burns has been in excellent touch this season and will now have to lead the Brisbane Heat’s batting efforts. He has 150 runs to his name at a strike rate of 145.63 and cleared the boundary 7 times. Burns is excellent against the short ball and prefers pace on the bat. He should really take a liking to the Hobart Hurricanes bowling attack.

Bet: Joe Burns ($5.00)

Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman

Darcy Short is just one run behind Cameron White in the run-scorers standings across all teams. He has two 90+ scores and a 42 in his last three innings. Each time he has walked out to bat it appears he has already been batting in the middle for a long time. Short will be tested by the spinners but the fact that both the Heat spinners will turn the ball back into him is a definite plus.

Bet: Darcy Short ($3.20)

Top Brisbane Heat Bowler

Yasir Shah loves bowling at the Gabba with its large boundaries and the bounce that it offers to the spinners. Dan Vettori has deliberately stocked his team with leg spinners and Brendon McCullum is the perfect attacking captain to make the most of them. Shah has 4 wickets from three matches at an economy rate of just 5.08.

Bet: Yasir Shah ($3.70)

Top Hobart Hurricanes Bowler

The Hobart Hurricanes will be hoping that their express fast bowlers can make life miserable for the batsmen on a Gabba pitch that has been faster than previous years. Jofra Archer is the bowler best primed for this task thanks to his pace and control. Archer is the highest wicket-taker in the Hurricanes team with 8 scalps and is giving runs at just 6.60 per over. He also gets disconcerting bounce from a full length, something that could be amplified at the Gabba.

Bet: Jofra Archer ($3.20)