Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat
Tuesday December 22, 7:10pm
After both sides failing to record a win in their opening fixture, the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat will be desperate to get off the mark in their clash at Bellerive Oval on Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes were humiliated by the Sydney Sixers at the SCG on Sunday with their imposing batting line-up only managing a meagre 91 in response to the Sixers racking up 7/186. George Bailey played the very definition of a lone-hand with an unbeaten 62, continuing on his impressive form from the Sheffield Shield. Amongst the bowlers the slower pace of Cameron Boyce and Dan Christian proved most effective, with Hobart’s quicker bowlers copping a battering. Young firebrand Jake Reed has been brought into the squad, while left-arm orthodox spinner Clive Rose and all-rounder Simon Milenko will also push for inclusion in the final XI.
The Heat suffered a more narrow loss in their opening game to the Melbourne Renegades with Aaron Finch’s side chasing down the 5/180 posted by Brisbane with just three balls to spare. All the batsmen chipped in for the Heat, however worryingly Samuel Badree was the only bowler to concede less than nine an over against the Renegades and the visitors will once again rely heavily on their star international leg-spinner to keep the runs down. They have made one change to their squad with former test batsman Alex Doolan replacing current test opener Joe Burns.
Last season Bellerive Oval generally favoured the batsmen, as was highlighted in the match between these two sides which saw Hobart chase down the Heat’s 6/208 with six wickets in hand and an over to spare. Despite the Hurricanes most recent effort with the bat it’s not unlikely that we’ll see this match follow a similar pattern with both teams boasting vastly superior batting line-ups in comparison to their bowling attacks.
The Match Odds market is happy to overlook the Hurricanes’ last performance, installing Hobart as 1.86 favourites. That means the Heat are a very tempting 2.14 outsiders, however you simply cannot have any faith in their bowling attack, even if Hobart are coming off an extremely forgettable performance with the bat.
With both sides consisting of capable hitters and a relatively weak bowling attack, the value lies in getting the ball to clear the fence as often as possible. The Heat’s first match against the Renegades produced 14 sixes while the previously mentioned clash between these two at Bellerive last year produced 17. Therefore look to back 14 or more sixes at 2.50 or bigger and cheer on the white ball disappearing over the ropes.