As only the top five teams in the BBL make the playoffs (three are eliminated), it’s game on for the Hurricanes and Heat. Brisbane has risen to third place in the standings after four straight victories. The Hurricanes, on the other hand, have been in a slump, having lost three straight games to fall to seventh place.
The 55th Match between Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat will take place on January 25th, 2023 at Aurora Stadium, Launceston.
Match Details to Note
Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, 55th Match, Big Bash League 2022-23
Date: January 25, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:10 AM IST
Venue: Aurora Stadium, Launceston
Patrick Dooley returned to the Hurricanes’ starting lineup for Monday’s game against the Sydney Sixers and appeared to be in good health despite his previously injured groin. This is a must-win game for Hobart, and we don’t expect any players to be rested.
Hobart Hurricanes enter this match after a run of poor form at an inopportune time. They have now lost three consecutive BBL games.
For the Hobart Hurricanes, we like Tim David, Matthew Wade, and Zac Crawley at the plate. Captain Wade has 281 runs in this tournament and is a match-winner when he hits them. On Monday, English top-order batter Crawley scored 49 runs off 45 balls against the Sydney Sixers.
Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith, and Nathan Ellis are our bowling options for the Hobart Hurricanes. In Match 53, Dooley defeated Hayden Kerr, Jordan Silk, and Ben Dwarshuis. Ellis has taken five wickets in the last six BBL games.
Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Caleb Jewell, Shadab Khan, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Billy Stanlake, Paddy Dooley, Chris Tremain, Mac Wright, Zak Crawley, Jimmy Neesham
Players to watch out for:
The middle-order batter has hit over 300 runs with a strike rate of over 160 in BBL 2023. He is the competition’s joint leading six-hitter.
The left-arm wrist spinner has had an outstanding individual BBL season. He has an 11.6 strike rate and will face his former BBL team in this game.
The fast bowler has 20 wickets in a BBL campaign for the first time and will enjoy bowling on this surface, where he previously took two wickets.
Possible Playing XI:
Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade (c) (wk), Tim David, D’Arcy Short, Faheem Ashraf, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith
Although the Brisbane Heat have already confirmed their place in the playoffs, it is highly unlikely that they will rest their Test players because they will be unable to play in the final play-off games due to the upcoming tour to India. As a result, we anticipate the Brisbane Heat to field their strongest lineup and focus on extending their winning streak in this match.
Some teams time their winning streak to perfection, and the Brisbane Heat have done just that. They have won their last four games to advance to the next round.
Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, and Jimmy Peirson are our batting options for the Brisbane Heat. Peirson hit 57 not out on Sunday and is the Heat’s leading run scorer in the tournament with 284 runs. Captain Khawaja is more than capable of expanding on his recent scores of 28, 14, 18, and 24.
Our bowling picks for the Brisbane Heat are Michael Neser, James Bazley, and Matthew Kuhnemann. Bazley has 14 wickets this tournament and has dismissed batters in all seven games. Kuhnemann, a left-arm spinner, has had his best BBL season to date, taking 11 wickets.
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Sam Billings, Max Bryant, Sam Hain, Sam Heazlett, Usman Khawaja, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munro, Michael Neser, Jimmy Peirson, Matthew Renshaw, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Ross Whiteley, Jack Wildermuth, Spencer Johnson, Will Prestwidge, Josh Brown
Players to watch out for:
Without his innings against the Melbourne Stars and the first game against the Hobart Hurricanes, the Heat could have been eliminated. He had an outstanding second half of BBL12.
The 27-year-old English middle-order batter joined the Heat on January 14th. In his last two innings, he has hit 33 not out and 77 not out.
The Brisbane Heat’s key bowler this season, the fast-medium bowling all-rounder should enjoy the conditions at this venue.
Possible Playing XI:
Josh Brown, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Bazley, Michael Neser, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head Stats in T20s
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Toss Prediction
In T20 cricket, the win count is equal for batting and bowling first at this venue. In this match, we predict that both teams will want to bat first.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Pitch Report
At this venue, fast bowlers usually outbowl spinners and medium pacers. A par score will fall somewhere between 160 and 170.
Sunny spells with a slight increase in humidity as the game progresses. Throughout the game, the temperature will be around 23 degrees.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Prediction
Even though the Brisbane Heat have won four in a row and the Hobart Hurricanes have lost three in a row, a few runs for the opposing teams could have completely changed the outcome for both teams. The Brisbane Heat are already in the playoffs and will be able to play freely, whereas the Hurricanes will be looking to win in front of their home fans. We anticipate a close game, but we believe the Hurricanes will win their group stage. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Hobart Hurricanes is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.75.
Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Tim David averages 46.57 in BBL12 and is our pick to be Hobart Hurricanes’ leading run scorer against Brisbane Heat.