Big Bash betting between the Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba, Brisbane at 6.30pm on Friday January 6, 2012.
Game 1 – lost to Sydney Sixers by seven wickets (with eight balls remaining) at SCG (16/12)
Game 2 – lost to Melbourne Stars by eight runs at Gabba (20/12)
Game 3 – lost to Perth Scorchers by 10 runs at WACA (29/12)
Game 4 – lost to Adelaide Strikers by 31 runs at Gabba (3/1)
v Hobart Hurricanes at Gabba (6/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium (12/1)
v Sydney Thunder at Gabba (17/1)
Game 1 – defeated Perth Scorchers by 31 runs at WACA (18/12)
Game 2 – defeated Sydney Sixers by 42 runs at Blundstone Arena (21/12)
Game 3 – defeated Adelaide Strikers by 14 runs at Adelaide Oval (28/12)
Game 4 – defeated Sydney Thunder by five wickets (with eight balls remaining) at Blundstone Arena (1/1)
v Brisbane Heat at ‘Gabba (6/1)
v Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena (9/1)
v Melbourne Renegades at Blundstone Arena (18/1)
In the peak of his career, Matthew Hayden was as about as intimidating as they get. Like a lion jumping on its prey, the burly left-hander would have no mercy and would tear bowling attacks to shreds. Hayden has had a solid start in his return to Australian domestic cricket, averaging 33 from his first three matches. But against the in-form Hurricanes tonight, the 40-year-old will be keen to make a start and go on with it in front of the Heat’s home crowd.
Owais Shah has looked at home since slipping on a Hurricanes shirt. The 33-year-old English veteran has only been dismissed once in his four matches so far, but he has still managed 109 runs. Shah’s knock of 41 not out to see the Hurricanes was full of class as he played shots to all parts of the ground and guided his team home to a five-wicket victory. He will be keen to continue his good form at the ‘Gabba on Friday night.
1. Matthew Hayden
2. Chris Lynn
3. Peter Forrest (C)
4. Dan Christian
5. Andrew Robinson
6. Roelof van der Merwe
7. Michael Neser
8. Chris Hartley (WK)
9. Ryan Harris
10. Nathan Hauritz
11. Alister McDermott
1. Phil Jaques
2. Jonathon Wells
3. Travis Birt
4. Owais Shah
5. Tom Triffit (WK)
6. Rhett Lockyear
7. Matt Johnston
8. Jason Krejza
9. Rana Naveed
10. Xavier Doherty (C)
11. Ben Laughlin
Going on recent form and ladder positions, this should be an easy game to predict the winner. But this is the typical game where the favourite can easily let its guard and allow the underdog to come through with the goods.
Hobart is close to invincible at the moment, winning all four its BBL matches so far. The Hurricanes’ most recent victory, a five wicket win over the Sydney Thunder at home, was mightily impressive, mainly because it was such an even contribution across the board. Shah’s 41 was crucial, but Travis Birt was just as important as he continued his charm run of form with a handsome knock of 35 from 18 balls.
But the Hurricanes’ victory, as mostly all of their wins have been, was set up by their superb bowling attack. They restricted the Thunder to 8-138, with Rana Naveed picking up an invaluable 3-22 off his allotted four overs. He could very well be the best T20 pace bowler in the world right now.
Another game, another loss for the Brisbane Heat who have continued to struggle throughout the Big Bash League. The problem lies within their batting. So many players seem to get starts, but are never able to make it to 50 and push beyond that.
The Hurricanes can’t afford to drop their guard and underestimate Brisbane. The Heat still have some match winners up their sleeve and could sneak up on Hobart if the latter isn’t careful.
But you would still expect the Hurricanes to come through with the goods. Their form, especially with the ball and in the field, is too good to ignore and they are so settled. Expect Rana and Xavier Doherty to work well in tandem.
Hobart Hurricanes to win ($1.70 – Sportingbet)
Travis Birt Hurricanes High Bat ($3.75 – Sportsbet)