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BBL 07: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, 29th Match Preview

Here's looking at some key facts and figures ahead of the clash.

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Preview 14 Jan 2018, 15:02 IST
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BBL - Heat v Hurricanes
With big hitters on both the sides, you can expect a big score

Form Guide This Season

Brisbane Heat have won 4 out of 7 matches and currently sit 4th in the points table. They are heading into this match after losing to the Hurricanes in Brisbane.

Hobart Hurricanes are currently sitting 5th in the points table with 4 wins and 2 losses in 6 matches.

Where

Hobart Hurricanes will host Brisbane Heat for the 29th match of BBL07 at The Blundstone Arena, Hobart. The Hobart pitch has a lot to offer to the batsmen, as the average run rate here is above 8 an over. This season, Hobart Hurricanes have played 3 matches where the run rate has been above 8.5.

Team News and Squad Changes

Brisbane Heat have made one change to their 13-man squad. They have recalled left-arm pace bowler Josh Lalor. Lalor was out of the squad after playing the first 4 matches because of a fractured thumb and he will replace Jack Prestwidge. 

Hobart Hurricanes have named an unchanged squad from the one that took on the Heat at the Gabba last week. 

Possible Playing 11

For Brisbane Heat, veteran pacer Josh Lalor is expected to get straight into the playing XI in place of Marnus Labuschagne.

Probable Batting Order: Sam Heazlett, Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Brendon Doggett, Yasir Shah, Mitchell Swepson

Hobart Hurricanes are not expected to make any change to their winning XI.

Probable Batting Order: D'Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Daniel Christian, Simon Milenko, Jofra Archer, Cameron Boyce, Clive Rose, Tymal Mills

What To Expect From The Match

Hobart Hurricanes have always been a batting-heavy side. If you take a look at the top five highest totals of all time, Hurricanes' name is on the list three times, with two of them being against Brisbane Heat.

They have played 11 matches against each other and the Hurricanes have won 7 of them.

Both teams have their own set of issues. The Hurricanes are heavily dependent on D'Arcy Short and Jofra Archer.

Players To Watch Out For

Joe Burns: The top order Brisbane batter is in fine touch this season and has scored 163 runs in the 6 matches he has played. In the absence of Chris Lynn, the onus will be on him to get runs for his side.

D'Arcy Short: He is going through a purple patch this season. His last four scores read 122, 42, 96, 97.

Announced squads of both teams:

Brisbane Heat

Brendon McCullum (c), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Cameron Gannon, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Yasir Shah, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson

Hobart Hurricanes

George Bailey (c), Jofra Archer, Cameron Boyce, Dan Christian, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, Simon Milenko, Tymal Mills, Nathan Reardon, Tog Rogers, Clive Rose, D'Arcy Short, Matthew Wade

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