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BBL09: Hurricanes vs Heat Preview

03 January 2020

The Heat copped a paddling from the Perth Scorchers when the the two “temperature” teams turned the dial up to 11 at Metricon Stadium on New Year’s Day. The only way is up from here!

THE GAME:
Friday 3 January – 6.10pm (Qld time) at Blundstone Arena

BROADCAST
Watch all the action live on Channel 7, Fox Cricket or stream online with a Kayo subscription.

FORM
The Heat made a limp start to 2020 with a mis-firing batting effort against Perth. They sit in the bottom level of the table with a 1-3 record and will want to use this road trip to regroup and add some wins to their ledger. The Hurricanes lost a rain-affected clash in Launceston to the Stars in their last start and have a 2-2 record to sit just above Brisbane on the ladder. 

LAST TIME THEY MET
The Hurricanes won both clashes in BBL|08, eclipsing the Heat at Metricon Stadium and then powering to a comfortable win late in the tournament at Blundstone Arena, both victories featuring scintillating batting from D’Arcy Short.

FORM AT BLUNDSTONE ARENA
The Hobart venue has proven to be a tricky one for the Heat, with wins hard come to by. fact, the last time the Heat were triumphant in the Apple Isle was back in 2012-13 when the win was the launch-pad for Brisbane on the way to the title in BBL|02. However, no Matthew Wade and no Joffra Archer does give the men in purple a different looking line-up.

KEY PLAYERS

Zahir Khan vs D’Arcy Short
Hobart’s opening ace should be wise to the wiles of the bouncy Heat spinner, with Short also a more than competent left-arm wrist spinner. But the ever-smiling Khan has shown he is warming to his role with Brisbane and based on his 2-18 from four overs against Perth, could be the solution to negating Short’s power game at the top of the order. The Bellerive Oval strip is usually well-grassed with spinners able to get some bite.

Riley Meredith vs Matt Renshaw
Trumpeted as Australia’s next fast bowler in waiting by Shane Warne, Meredith’s whippy action generates plenty of pace and shape with the new ball. His overs outside the Power Play will be crucial though, and that is where the in-form Renshaw could make his move. The left-hander missed out against Perth but has the type of game that mixes power and creativity with “proper” cricket shots to shape the middle overs for Brisbane.

IT'S A BIG NIGHT FOR..
Who else but Chris Lynn. Smarting after the poor showing against Perth, the Heat skipper will be out to lead from the front and when he fires, it usually brings out the best in the rest of the team. The Heat bowling has been consistent so far, while the batting has been more “rocks or diamonds.” If Lynn can go big, expect the Heat to respond positively.