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BBL 2021: HB vs BH Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League 2021 (HB vs BH)

Date: January 1, Saturday, 10:30 am IST

Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia

Match 29 of the Big Bash League 2021-22 will see Hobart Hurricanes take on Brisbane Heat at Bellerive Oval on Saturday, January 1. While Hurricanes are placed third in the points table with four wins and three losses, the Heat stand at the fifth position with only two wins from seven games and five losses.

The Hurricanes managed only one win in their first four games of the season, before bouncing back to form and winning their last three games on a trot. Brisbane, on the other hand, are coming into the game after two successive losses and will be looking to make the most of their last few chances for the playoffs. Their most recent loss, however, was a close fought one. After putting only 105 on the board, the Heat bowlers did a wonderful job to trouble the Sydney Sixers, who won the game on the last ball.

Meanwhile, Fakhar Zaman has replaced injured Tom Abell at Brisbane Heat, but will not be available before the game against the Melbourne Renegades on January 6.

Ahead of the match, let’s look at the head to head total of both the teams, the pitch report, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for HB vs BH  

A total of 51 T20 matches have been played at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart, of which 29 have been won by the team defending the target. The toss-winning captain is likely to bowl first. The average 1st innings score in T20s is 169 runs. The highest BBL score in Hobart is 212-3 while the lowest is 60-10.

As for the weather update, the temperature will be around 22 degree Celsius. However, It is going to be cloudy and rain has been forecasted early in the morning.

Hobart Hurricanes team news and predicted XI

Team news: the Hurricanes won their last game against Melbourne Renegades comprehensively. Batting first, they put up a total of 206 runs on the board, before dismantling the opponents for only 121. Tom Rogers and Sandeep Lamichhane picked up three wickets each, while Riley Meredith and D’Arcy Short grabbed one each.

Predicted XI: Ben McDermott, Matthew Wade (c & wk), D’Arcy Short, Harry Brook, Tim David, Peter Handscomb, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Thomas Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane

Brisbane Heat team news and predicted XI

Team news: Brisbane Heat have signed Fakhar Zaman as a replacement for the injured Tom Abell. However, the Pakistan batter did not have the best of 2021 with the bat, averaging 26.33 with a strike rate of 123.82.

Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Xavier Bartlett, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Head to head record

Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat have played 18 BBL matches between them, of which the Hurricanes have won 11 and the Heat 7. In the 7 matches played between the two teams at the Bellerive Oval, the hosts have won five and the visitors two.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for PS vs BH

Chris Lynn – Batter, Brisbane Heat

Chris Lynn has been a disappointment for the Heat this season. He has just one half-century in seven innings, and 141 runs overall. His most recent outing against the Sixers ended in just two runs. However, Lynn brings with him a lot of experience and can be the match-winner on his day. Leaving him out of your MPL XI could thus be a risky move. The T20 globetrotter has played 218 T20 innings, from which he has an average of over 30 and a strike rate of over 140. Heat will be expecting their star player to return to form before their chances of making it to the playoffs get slimmer than they already are.

Ben Duckett – Wicketkeeper Batter, Brisbane Heat

The best option from the wicketkeeper category from this game is Ben Duckett. In the season opener, Duckett top scored for Brisbane Heat with 46 from 35 balls, which helped the team reach a respectable total of 140 runs. However, he failed to get going in the next few games, before returning to form in his last three outings where he has scores of 78, 54 and 21. In all, the southpaw has played 129 T20 innings, from which he has 3270 runs at an average of 30 and strike rate of 135.79.

D’Arcy Short – All-rounder, Hobart Hurricanes

D’Arcy Short has been inconsistent, but has contributed to the team significantly on a few occasions. His unbeaten 73 against the Sixers is a knock that could promise us a few more good outings from the all-rounder. With the ball, Short has not been too effective as a wicket-taking bowler, but has been an economical one. In all, the 31-year-old has an average and strike rate of 34.71 and 131.55 in his T20 career. With the ball, he has taken 56 wickets at an average of 32.21.

Tom Rogers – Bowler, Hobart Hurricanes

Tom Rogers has been the standout bowler for the Hurricanes this season, and has been consistent in picking wickets. The medium pacer has 12 wickets in six games and has been fairly economical too. In the last game against the Renegades, Rogers picked up four wickets while conceding 24 runs and will be looking to carry that confidence into the next game. In all, the 27-year-old has 34 T20 wickets at an average of 6.80.

Tim David – Batter, Hobart Hurricanes

Tim David scored an unbeaten 30 off just nine balls in the previous game, smashing 12 fours and a six. Before this, he scored an unbeaten 22 off 12 deliveries on Christmas Eve. The 25-year-old has played the role of a finisher for Hurricanes in a few games and will be looking to continue doing that. In 65 T20 innings, David has an average of over 34 and strike rate of 154.62.

MPL fantasy XI

HB vs BH – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the BBL 11 matches in India. The Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat game will begin at 10:30 AM IST on January 1.

Also read: Top 10 Fastest Bowlers in Cricket History

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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