Brisbane Heat finally broke their losing streak after winning their last match against Hobart Hurricanes. They will be again facing them on Wednesday (December 30) in Brisbane. This will be the 20th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21.
Brisbane Heat will be missing their captain Chris Lynn, who has been ruled out because for over three weeks due to a hamstring injury. Lynn is also the batting mainstay of the side who charges the innings with his power-hitting. His absence is surely a huge loss to them.
Here, let’s take a look at how Brisbane Heat’s playing XI might shape in:
Max Bryant set up a decent partnership with Sam Heazlett to give them a good base. He scored 31 runs off 19 balls while chasing 149 runs target. The opening partnership was missing in the previous defeats of Brisbane Heat. As he was able to stitch that with Heazlett, it helped Heat to win the game.
The 25-year-old missed his half-century by two runs. He was out after scoring 48 runs off 27 balls, striking five sixes and one boundary. This knock is surely going to boost his confidence because, in the previous matches, he was struggling to score runs.
The promising youngster Dan Lawrence hasn’t stood up to expectation in the last four matches. Against Hobart Hurricanes, he was out for a duck. On all occasions, he had the opportunity to step up and take the team forward after the early fall of top-order. However, Lawrence could not capitalize on the opportunity.
Seeing his impressive performance in English domestic cricket, he was called to play for Brisbane Heat. The young gun needs to get runs in the coming match to prove his case.
Tom Cooper, who has represented Australia in 23 ODIs and 18 T20Is, has not had a good start to the 10th season of the Big Bash League (BBL). He has scored 26 and 5 runs in the first two matches respectively.
He was set to play a big knock against Adelaide Strikers but was given a controversial LBW. The bat was clearly hitting his bat but the umpire raised his finger after a strong appeal from bowlers.
In the last match against Hobart Hurricanes, D’Arcy Short grabbed an amazing follow through a catch to cut short his innings.
The fast bowling allrounder Jack Wildermuth played first match for Brisbane Heat against Sydney Thunders. He went on to play a rocket fueling knock though stayed for a shorter period in the field. Jack faced only 11 balls but struck four sixes and went on to score 31 runs.
Apart from batting, he was also economical and picked three wickets while gave away only 23 runs in his four overs quota. Against Hurricanes, he didn’t bat longer but was amazing with the ball. The franchise will want him to continue giving them success.
The all-rounder Lewis Gregory played the first match of the BBL against Hobart Hurricanes. With his impressive performance with the ball, he proved that he should have been chance in the playing XI of Brisbane Heat from the very start. He picked up the early wickets of D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb and David Malan to halt them for setting a big target.
Jimmy Peirson (c & wk):
The stand-in captain Jimmy Peirson almost pull off Brisbane Heat to victory against Adelaide Strikers. While chasing 151 runs target, he scored unbeaten 69 runs in 36 balls, striking seven fours and two giant sixes. He played a gun-blazing knock but will be disappointed that he could not take the game home as they lost the match by just two runs.
But finally, against Hobart Hurricanes, he stitched up a crucial partnership with James Bazley to seal the deal for Heat.
Bazley made his debut for Brisbane Heat against Hobart Hurricanes. He stitched a match-winning partnership with the captain Jimmy Peirson to take the game home after the collapse of the middle-order. The all-rounder scored unbeaten 31 runs, striking two fours and three sixes.
The right-arm pacer Mark Steketee, the 26-year-old pacer, didn’t feature in the first match of Brisbane Heat as he was playing for Australia A in warm-up games against India.
Like previous matches, he was not economical but gave the breakthroughs. Mark took the wicket of Colin Ingram and Nathan Ellis in his four overs and gave away 36 runs. The speedster just needs to learn the art of control the run rate.
Bartlett ticked all the boxes right to dismantle Adelaide Strikers batting attack. He picked three wickets while gave away 24 runs in his four overs quota to halt them for 150 runs. This was the only second match for him in this season. Brisbane Heat will want him to display a similar bowling performance in the second meeting against Hobart Hurricanes.
Mujeeb ur Rahman:
Mujeeb ur Rahman was economical in the last match and picked one wicket in his four overs. The right-arm off-spinner will look to be the leading wicket-taker for Brisbane Heat against Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday.