After winning on the road, Brisbane Heat will hope to set their home record straight when they host Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba on Thursday.
The Heat have six points from six matches (W3, L3) and all three have come in their last four and all away from home. This is, of course, just their second home game of the season at the Gabba.
The Hurricanes have an identical record (W3, L3), but with an inferior net run rate. The weekend win at the Perth Scorchers ended their two-match losing run and the visitors will hope for more of the same.
As the date for AB de Villiers’ introduction comes closer, the Heat are picking up form. Their soon-to-depart overseas star Tom Banton (151 runs, SR 196.10) is scoring briskly and Chris Lynn, of course, remains their best bat with 242 runs (SR 170.41, 17×6).
Bowling remains a slight concern for the Heat, with the spin twins Zahir Khan (six wickets, ER 6.57) and Mitchell Swepson (five wickets, ER 7.5) the only regular bowlers conceding less than nine runs an over.
National duty will rob the Hurricanes of their best batsman D’Arcy Short (248 runs, SR 129.84). In addition, the Hurricanes will most likely be without their injured bowling stars Riley Meredith and James Faulkner. The only saving grace would be the return of Matthew Wade.
Qais Ahmad (eight wickets, SR 7.18) continues to be a key element of their bowling attack. The Hurricanes will also hope that the experienced Scott Boland will build up from his spell against the Perth Scorchers (4-0-29-2) which incidentally was his first match of the season.
The Heat have found their mojo, albeit away from home. Three wins out of four away from home puts the Heat in a better position than their visitors ahead of this game. That included a comfortable 31-run win in the reverse fixture. Additionally, the Hurricanes are set to miss out key players for this match including Short and Meredith. All the decks point to the Heat, and unless they goof up big time, they can pick up full points.
History & Statistics
- The Heat have scored the highest first 6 overs score in five of their six matches this season.
- The Heat average 54.80 in the powerplays – the highest among all the sides this season.
- The Hurricanes have won six of the nine H2H matches when winning the toss.
- The Hurricanes have a 5-2 win-loss record against the Heat while chasing.
Lynn blasted the Hurricanes all around the park in the reverse fixture this season with a commanding 88 off just 55 balls. Another quick knock from the captain will set things up for the Heat.
After a summer of gritty knocks in national colours, Wade will be in good spirits ahead of his BBL season bow. Can he lift the spirits of a side reeling from the loss of players?