Hobart Hurricanes will face Brisbane Heat on Wednesday (December 30) in Brisbane. This will be the 20th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
In their last meeting with Brisbane Heat, Hurricanes’ batting line up collapsed early and as a result, they gave a below-par target of 149 runs. Before this defeat, they were leading the points table but currently are at number three. They will look to take revenge for defeat in their second meeting.
Here, let’s take a look at how Hobart Hurricanes playing XI might shape in against Brisbane Heat:
After giving a poor start in the first three matches, D’Arcy Short had finally set a good base for the team against Heat but this time the middle-order could not take the rhythm forward. The opening batsman will look to play another good knock in their second meeting.
After scoring a century for Australia A in the second pink ball warm-up game, Ben Mcdermott played his first BBL match of the ongoing season against Adelaide Strikers, which was the second meeting of Hobart Hurricanes. He scored 46 runs to guide his team to set up 147 runs target albeit it was not enough to defend against Strikers.
Against Renegades, he scored a large chunk of runs while chasing 158 runs target. The 26-year-old remained unbeaten and scored 89 runs off 55 balls, striking seven fours and five sixes. His fiery knock single-handedly helped Hurricanes to win the match.
Colin Ingram is currently the highest scorer for his team. In four matches, he has amassed 161 runs at the strike rate of 128.80. In the last match, he lost his wicket early and thus, Hobart Hurricanes gave a below-par target to them. With opening batsmen struggling, Ingram needs to settle himself longer in the field.
Peter Handscomb (C):
Hobart Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb continued his poor form in the last matches. After scoring 24, 4 and 5 runs respectively in the first three matches, he was out for 13 and seven runs in the last two matches.
Being the captain, Handscomb needs to find his rhythm back otherwise it might hurt in the longer run.
The Singapore-born cricketer Tim David is one of the leading scorers for Hobart Hurricanes. He has scored 145 runs, which also includes a half-century, in the five matches.
Although he is an allrounder, he is being used as a pure batsman. After they were losing their last match against Heat, he was given the last over to ball in which he bowled two balls.
The Windies allrounder Keemo Paul played the maiden match of BBL against Melbourne Renegades but hasn’t had a good debut match.
He didn’t get the opportunity to bat while also went wicketless in his two overs. He conceded 27 runs and was expensive. Hobart Hurricanes are likely to retain him and given him more opportunity to prove his case.
The fast-bowling allrounder James Faulkner is the leading wicket-taker of Hobart Hurricanes. In five matches, he has picked up eight wickets while has maintained an economy rate of below seven.
He hasn’t got much opportunity to bat. Overall, he has scored only 18 runs in the four matches.
Against Melbourne Renegades, the medium-pacer Nathan Ellis picked up the crucial wicket of Rilee Rossouw to break the partnership. He also controlled his run rate after being expensive in the last to last match.
Against Brisbane Heat, he notched one wicket while gave away 24 runs in three overs. Ellis will have to get the wickets early to take revenge for their defeat.
Scott Boland bowled tight spells to choke Rengegades middle-order batsmen. He gave away only 19 runs in his four overs spell while picked the early wicket of the opener.
He was way too economical against Adelaide Strikers. He picked up one wicket but conceded only 15 runs in his four overs quota. The 31-year-old is the vital cog for Hobart Hurricanes.
The 24-year-old local player bounced back stronger against Brisbane Heat before going expensive in the fast three matches. He sent back Jack Wildermuth and Lewis Gregory early to put a control on the scoreboard but he didn’t get the support from other bowlers. Hobart Hurricanes will hope he replicates this performance in the second meeting.