Published: 29th Dec,2020 11:27AM

James Faulkner won’t be a part of the game due to a hamstring injury; Joe Denly has joined the Heat.

Jimmy Pierson
Jimmy Pierson. (Photo by Jono Searle – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Brisbane Heat have had their fair share of stutters in the ongoing BBL campaign. Moreover, Chris Lynn’s injury hasn’t helped their cause by any stretch of the imagination. However, their victory over the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba helped them register their maiden victory.

Even in that game, the Heat almost snatched defeat before big hits from James Bazley took them over the finishing line. Jimmy Pierson and Co would again be facing the Hurricanes on Friday, December 30 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, started with two wins and once were at the top of the points table. But two defeats of late have pushed them down to the middle of the table. Peter Handscomb’s men would want to get back to winning ways in the next match against the Heat.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Brisbane has been a decent one for batting with no visible demons. But the spinners have gotten a fair amount of assistance from the surface. Batting second has been a tad easier and hence, chasing can be avoided.

The playing conditions will be fairly pleasant with the temperature around 25 degrees Celsius. There will be a fair amount of cloud cover, but with six per cent chances of rain.

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Average first-innings score

149 (2 unaffected matches in BBL 2020-21)

Record of the chasing teams

Won – 1; Lost – 1

Playing Combinations for HUR vs HEA

Hobart Hurricanes

D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott (wk), Dawid Malan, Peter Handscomb (C), Colin Ingram, Tim David, Keemo Paul, Nathan Ellis, Wil Parker, Scott Boland, Riley Meredith

Bench– Johan Botha, David Moody, Mitchell Owen, Charlie Wakim, Nick Winter, Macalister Wright

Brisbane Heat

Max Bryant, Sam Haezlett, Joe Denly, Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Pierson (C and WK), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Bench– Simon Milenko, Matthew Kuhnemann, Lachlan Pfeffer, Connor Sully, Jack Wood, Jack Sinfield, Daniel Lawrence

Probable Top Performers for HUR vs HEA

D’Arcy Short– Hobart Hurricanes

D’Arcy is yet to fire on all cylinders in the tournament, though he has 102 runs at an average and strike-rate of 20.40 and 134.21 respectively. He has a top score of 72 but needs to be a bit more consistent.

With the ball in hand, he was in excellent form as he picked up three crucial wickets. It was his bowling that helped the Hurricanes claw back into the game after a rather indifferent start.

Sam Haezlett– Brisbane Heat

Sam Haezlett has been a sheer talent for the Heat. But the fact that he failed in the first three games didn’t help the Heat’s cause. However, in the previous match, he looked at his fluent best.

He took the Hurricanes’ bowling by the scruff of its neck and notched 48 runs. The quick start he gave also helped the Heat take the early advantage. The left-handed batter would be looking to replicate something similar.

Broadcast Details

Match timings – 06:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST

TV – Sony Ten Network

Live Streaming – Sony LIV

The prediction is for Hobart Hurricanes to win the match.

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