Hobart hope for a win
Big Bash League 2014-15
It is the last game for both teams this season of Big bash league as one of them, Hobart Hurricanes, are still in the contention for that one spot in the top four. They will be hoping that their rivals for the night, Brisbane Heat will continue their form in the game against Hobart.
Brisbane Heat this season has registered their worst performance already in the three seasons. Even if they win the game against Hobart it will not change the fact. With just one win out of seven games played they have been out of sorts the whole season and which can be gauged from the fact that they were bowled out for a modicum score of 80 in the last game against Renegades. The enthusiasm to play is missing and is likely to affect in their next game.
With a whole list of batting prowess to display the result for the Heat is startling. Their new recruit coming off exile, Andrew Flintoff, was not used enough they would have liked to. Also Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest Dan Christian and Nathan Reardon all performed in patches but was not enough to drag their team out of the hole.
Hobart Hurricanes on the other hand too could not perform, one would think, in proportion to the team they had. With Ben Dunk, George Bailey, Travis Birt they had the batting prowess needed to win a game.
Brisbane Heat Squad :
The Brisbane Heat has recalled paceman Mark Steketee and batsman Nathan Reardon for final home KFC T20 Big Bash League game at the Gabba.
The duo replaces Cameron Gannon and Jason Floros in the 13-man squad to take on the Hobart Hurricanes following last night’s five wicket loss to the Melbourne Renegades at Etihad Stadium.
Reardon missed the Renegades match with knee tendonitis while Steketee was not considered after being struck in the head at practice prior to the Sydney Sixers game and stood down as a precaution.
James Hopes(c) Joe Burns Dan Christian Ben Cutting Ryan Duffield Andrew Flintoff Peter Forrest Chris Lynn Alister McDermott Steve Parry Jimmy Pierson Nathan Reardon Mark Steketee
Hobart Hurricanes Squad :
Hobart will be without their Captain and Vice-Captain however, with George Bailey and Xavier Doherty playing no further part in BBL|04 due to selection in Australia’s ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup squad.
Coming into the squad to replace the Australian representatives comes Travis Birt, who has recovered from a hamstring strain and paceman Joe Mennie who returns to the 13-man squad.
Tim Paine (c), Travis Birt, Tim Bresnan, Cameron Boyce, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hill, Shoaib Malik, Joe Mennie, Dominic Michael, Tim Paine, Jake Reed, Jon Wells
Past Record :
This is the second clash between these teams this season of Big bash League. First clash saw a record chase by the Hobart hurricanes in which they chased 208 runs after Brisbane Heat scored 208 runs batting first.
In the last season of BBL the Hurricanes were in a similar position as they needed to beat Brisbane Heat to make it to the Semis. They delivered as they defeated Heat by 40 runs. However, this time around it is not so simple for the Hurricanes as they need some results to go their way if they end up in the top four.
The Pitch :
This season three games have been played at the Gabba and the totals we have seen are 164-152-147 and team batting first won one and batting second won two games. Brisbane Heat won their lone game here against Melbourne Stars when they scored 164 runs and won by one run.
The Odds :
Hobart is 1.70 to win their must-win game and given the form Heat is in we are backing Hobart to win this game.