Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes: A record 45-run 10th wicket partnership was needed to get Chris Lynn’s side out of a hole in the season’s opener. Brisbane lost the game by 5 wickets but a crucial lesson was learnt. Brendon McCullum smashed the first ball of the game over point for a boundary & was dismissed the next delivery. An ultra-aggressive approach if comes off might help the team set the tone for the remainder of the game but if it doesn’t – well, that was two points down the drain for the Brisbane Heat. They take on Hobart Hurricanes who are all set to play their first Big Bash League game. The Hobart finished runners-up in the previous edition & with the likes of James Faulkner, Jake Doran & Caleb Jewell being acquired for the 8th edition can they go all the way?
Venue: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Date: 22 December 2018
Kick-Off: 12:30 PM, IST
Brisbane Heat: 4
Hobart Hurricanes: 8
The last time these two teams met, D’Arcy Shot took an absolute liking towards the Heat’s bowling attack. He scored 122* at Brisbane and scored 59 off 49 at the Bellerive Oval in the return fixture. The Hurricanes winning both games comfortably.
Only one international T20 game has been played at this venue so far. Rain played spoilsport in a game between Australia & South Africa on November 17th 2018. The Proteas managed 108 runs in a 10-over game. Australia lost that game by 21 runs. Chasing seems to be the go-to way every team has adapted and the skipper who wins the bat-flip at this venue would most preferably bowl first. The pitch is expected to assist the slow bowlers & we might see them try out a lot of variations.
Though the result didn’t work in Brisbane’s favour in the first game, they are likely to open with Max Bryant & Brendon McCullum with Chris Lynn coming in at one drop. James Patterson will miss this fixture due to best-man commitments at the wedding of a close friend. Left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann will take his spot.
Tim Paine will not be available for the Tasmanians. Who will open the innings with D’Arcy Short? They’ve got Alex Doolan and Ben McDermott in their ranks & a certain Matthew Wade as well. Local lad James Faulkner is fit & should slot straight into the playing eleven.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn(c), Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson(wk), James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
D’Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Matthew Wade(c/wk), Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Tymal Mills
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
CHRIS LYNN(BRISBANE HEAT)
Chris Lynn can hit the ball out of the park. The size of the boundaries is just a mere number. When Lynn strikes it from the meat of the blade, it’s imperative for the white Kookaburra to have a lengthy air-time. Lynn got off to start in the first T20 but he’s got to consolidate on positive starts & eventually make that a habit. His hitting ability is as enormous as the Everest but all Lynn needs is a calm head on his shoulder. Pick the right delivery & use those sturdy levers to pummel the ball into the stands. How has he done in the Big Bash League?
Matches played: 49, Runs: 1560, Average: 41.05, S/R: 158.05
He’s hit 102 sixes in 49 games(most by any player) & his Ball/Boundary ratio is a staggering 4.66. Only D’Arcy Short has a better boundary striking ratio – 4.56(for players who’ve faced at least 500 deliveries)
Brisbane Heat have the likes of McCullum who can go berserk on his day. They have Ben Cutting & Joe Burns who are potential match winners but the onus this season will entirely be on Chris Lynn. He scores, Brisbane Win. Period.
Johan Botha has a decent record against the right-hander. Lynn has scored only 21 off 16 balls against Botha & has fallen to him twice.
D’ARCY SHORT(HOBART HURRICANES)
From one smashing batter to another. D’arcy John Matthew Short owned the Big Bash League 2017. He scored 572 runs in 11 games at 57.20 & struck 148 runs per hundred balls. Short can hit long and long he hit. The southpaw hit 53 fours & 26 sixes last season & he’s only gotten better. He made his T20I & ODI debut after a stellar BBL|07. Hobart reached the finals last season and Short played the role of the protagonist to perfection. With all the striking prowess in the world & against a team he favours scoring, D’Arcy Short will be the player to watch out for.
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