On Sunday (27th December) evening, Brisbane Heat will face Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba (Brisbane) during the 16th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
It will be the fifth game for Hurricanes and fourth game for Heat in this season. At present, Hurricanes are in the third position in the points table with 11 points. Meanwhile, winless Heat are in the eighth or last position in the same points table with just 1 point.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 16: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Preview
Brisbane Heat are struggling in the early period of the ongoing BBL 10. They have already lost all their first three matches in this tournament, including their 2-run defeat in the last game against Adelaide Strikers.
Moreover, skipper Chris Lynn’s injury is a big setback for Brisbane Heat as he will miss at least next six matches for this team. Just after the toss in previous match against Adelaide Strikers at Brisbane, Lynn got hamstring injury during the warm-up.
English all-rounder Lewis Gregory and wicket-keeper batsman Lachy Pfeffer have been added in the squad. According to Heat’s official website, Gregory’s availability in the match against Hurricanes will be decided just before the game.
Apart from their unavailable captain Chris Lynn, only Jimmy Peirson has managed to score a fifty in this season yet. Peirson is currently leading this team in the absence of Lynn. Apart from them, only Jack Wildermuth registered one 30+ score (31) in this season.
Wildermuth has also taken 4 wickets in this tournament. The young right-arm pacer Xavier Bartlett has also bagged 4 wickets in the ongoing BBL season.
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Dan Lawrence, Ben Laughlin, Jimmy Peirson (C), Lachy Pfeffer, Simon Milenko, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood
Hobart Hurricanes started this tournament with two consecutive victories before suffering their first defeat of this season. But in their last game against Melbourne Renegades, Hurricanes returned on the track by winning that match by 6 wickets.
Moreover, the present no.1-ranked T20I batsman, English cricketer Dawid Malan, has just joined Hobart Hurricanes after completing his mandatory 14-day quarantine period in Perth. It is surely a big boost for this team. Apart from Malan, they also have Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, Charlie Wakim and Nick Winter, who are yet to make debut for Hurricanes.
Colin Ingram (145 runs in 4 innings), Ben McDermott (135 runs in 2 innings), Tim David (124 runs in 4 innings) and D’Arcy Short (75 runs in 4 innings) all have managed to score one half-century each in this season.
In the meantime, James Faulkner has taken 8 wickets in this tournament. Also, Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis have scalped 5 wickets each while Scott Boland has collected 4 wickets.
Scott Boland, Johan Botha, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, James Faulkner, Peter Handscomb (C), Colin Ingram, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Wil Parker, Keemo Paul, D’Arcy Short, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 16: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes – Match Prediction
Though Brisbane Heat beat Hobart Hurricanes in both the meetings of the BBL 09, currently they are in opposite form. While Hurricanes have started this season strongly, Heat are still searching for their first victory of this season.
According to the latest situation, Hurricanes are easily favourite for this upcoming match.