Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat: Monday 7:40pm AEDT at Blundstone Arena, Hobart
The Hobart Hurricanes are in the middle of a brilliant run which has seen them win their last four matches. They have a chance of moving into the top half of the table if they can beat the Brisbane Heat for the second time in five days.
|Hurricanes v Heat||Recommended Bets|
|Winner||Brisbane Heat WIN ($2.00)|
|Top Hurricanes Batsman||D’Arcy Short ($3.20)|
|Top Heat Batsman||Brendon McCullum ($3.50)|
|Top Hurricanes Bowler||Jofra Archer ($3.50)|
|Top Heat Bowler||Ben Cutting ($6.50)|
The Hobart Hurricanes could not have asked for a better setting to return to their home ground. They have just won four matches on the trot and have a record-breaking D’Arcy Short at the top of the order. The left-handed opening batsman has now amassed 406 runs in six innings and is showing no signs of slowing down.
His 122 not out in the last match was the highest ever scored by a batsman in Big Bash history and included 8 massive sixes. What would slightly worry the Hurricanes is that the next best score in that match was 19 by Ben McDermott.
In fact, all of the Hurricanes four victories have been less than 10 runs in margin, emphasizing how important Darcy Short has been to his side. The Wolf thinks the Hurricanes could be in a spot of bother if Short gets out early.
The highlights will show the return catch by Jofra Archer repeatedly but the best bowler on the night was Cameron Boyce. His four overs for 23 runs with two wickets turned the match decisively in favor of the Hurricanes.
With plenty of players in prime form, the prospect of playing the Hurricanes will be scary for the other teams.
Brisbane went down fighting and eventually reached within one hit of the total but the match seemed to have been settled a couple of overs earlier. Brendon McCullum is not going to need any extra motivation for this match after he was visibly agitated by the Alex Ross controversy.
Heazlett was promoted to open the batting and did well with 45 runs to his name. McCullum, Burns, and Ross all got starts as well but did not provide the finishing blow. Ben Cutting’s dismissal was a freak one and that cannot be blamed on him but as a whole Brisbane would have backed themselves to reach that total.
The Wolf thinks the Heat lost the game when their leg-spinners were safely negotiated for the loss of no wickets. Both Yasir Shah and Mitchell Swepson must come back with better plans against Short and the other Hurricanes batsmen.
Steketee went for 51 in his four overs and he too will be looking for some redemption.
Head to Head
The Hurricanes extended their domination of the Heat by winning the last match and improving their record to 7-4. Six of those victories have come in the last eight matches. The Blundstone Arena has also been kind to the Hurricanes and they have won three out of the four matches against the Brisbane Heat at this venue.
The Wolf thinks the last match was very close and even though the Hurricanes have Darcy Short in awesome form, the Brisbane Heat is not a team to be taken lightly. A chance to double your investment is too good an opportunity to pass on especially since this heat team has all the ingredients needed to win.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Batsman
D’Arcy Short has almost three times the runs that the next best batsman in the Hobart lineup has. He is also the highest run-scorer of the league at the moment and has smashed 20 sixes in total, once again, more than anyone else in this competition. This is the kind of form that the Wolf does not argue against and advises riding his coattails for as long as the party lasts.
Top Brisbane Heat Batsman
It is not often that a player like Brendon McCullum gets agitated and takes it up with the opposing skipper, umpires, anyone who would listen really. He is a world-class batsman with a point to prove in this game. The small boundaries of the Bellerive Oval could play right into his hands. He currently has 191 runs in the tournament at a strike rate of 144.69.
Top Hobart Hurricanes Bowler
Jofra Archer is having a tremendous BBL season and along with D’Arcy Short has been the heart of this Hurricanes team. He trundles in and bowls at close to 150km/h, takes brilliant catches, and is bashing it with the bat when he gets the opportunity. He is leading the wicket-taking tally for the Hurricanes with 9 scalps to his name at an excellent economy rate of 7.08.
Top Brisbane Heat Bowler
Ben Cutting bowled his quota of four overs for the first time in the last match and did a very good job. He has improved his bowling tremendously and is just getting into the stride of things. The Wolf thinks this could be a great time to get him at some excellent odds. Cutting’s rate of taking wickets per over bowled is the best in the Brisbane Heat at the moment. Well worth the price he is being offered.