MATCH PREVIEW: HURRICANES v HEAT
Friday night’s clash between the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena looms as an important one for both teams.
On what is traditionally a batsman’s paradise, two power-packed top orders will have their sights set on some big scores.
The Hurricanes have made the most of their home turf advantage in Hobart in recent years, and will be after a win to build on their 2-2 record and maintain their position in the top five.
After a loss on New Year’s Day, the Heat will head to Hobart with added motivation to turn the tables and improve their 1-3 record.
Last time we met...
BBL|08 – Match 44 – 29 January 2019
The Hurricanes were dominant last time around, cruising to victory by nine wickets in Hobart.
Half-centuries to D’Arcy Short (68 not out) and Caleb Jewell (61 not out) saw the Hurricanes chase down the Heat’s 6-145 with almost six overs to spare.
Jofra Archer chimed in with two wickets – and an incredible outfield catch.
D’Arcy Short v Chris Lynn
It’s not a direct match-up.
But these two big-hitting batsman will be crucial to their sides’ causes.
Short has two half-centuries from four innings in BBL|09 – both of those resulting in wins for the Hurricanes.
Lynn has one – with his incredible 94 from just 35 balls against the Sydney Sixers delivering the Heat their one win so far in this campaign.
The burning question...
Can the Hurricanes strike early with the ball?
The Hurricanes’ bowling powerplay looms as a fascinating contest.
James Faulkner has made a habit of striking early – including two wickets in his first over against the Melbourne Stars.
The Heat boast a trio of power hitters at the top, in Tom Banton, Max Bryant and Chris Lynn.
But so far in BBL|09, they’ve made a habit of dropping multiple wickets in the first six overs – and the Hurricanes will be hoping they can make that happen again.
It’s a big game for...
Emerging batsman Caleb Jewell has shown plenty of promise in BBL|09, with two starts against the Melbourne Stars – scores of 26 and 25.
Could this be the game he kicks on to a big score?
His top T20 score came against the Heat at Blundstone Arena last year – a rapid 61 not out off just 38 deliveries.