Who Will Win Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, BBL 2018-19?
Brisbane Heat, after going down in the tournament opener against Adelaide Strikers, will hope to secure a win when they go up against Hobart Hurricanes in this fifth fixture of the Big Bash League 2018-19. The match is scheduled to be played on December 22 at the Carrara Oval (Metricon Stadium) in Queensland. Live telecast will begin at 6 PM local time.
BH vs HH, BBL 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, BT Sport, Fox Sports, SuperSport, Seven Network
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Foxtel Sports, SuperSport Live
Toss/Bat Flip Prediction
The Carrara Oval has not hosted enough matches which makes it difficult to gauge the nature of the pitch. However, since the wicket is unlikely to change after the first period of play, the team that wins the 'bat flip' in this match will probably prefer to field first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes, Big Bash League 2018-19...
Brisbane Heat Team News & Playing 11
BRH Team News
Brisbane Heat will have the whole squad to choose from for this upcoming encounter against Hobart Hurricanes as the team does not have any injury concerns. Also, none of their players will be away on international duty. However, they are expected to retain the entire group of eleven from the tournament opener even though they ended up losing that game. Max Bryant will probably continue to open the batting alongside Brendon McCullum with Chris Lynn taking up the number three slot.
BRH Key Players
Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum are the key figures in Brisbane Heat's batting line-up. Lynn looked in good touch in his knock of 33 in the opening game versus Adelaide Strikers while McCullum was the team's leading run-scorer last year. The latter cracked a half-century against the Hurricanes last time and he will be expected to make a sizeable contribution here as well. Joe Burns and Max Bryant are the others to watch out for with the bat. Brisbane Heat will be counting on the likes of James Pattinson, Mark Steketee and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to do the trick with the ball. Pattinson was the pick of the bowlers in the last match with figures of 2-23 from four overs. Steketee was the Heat's best bowler last year while Mujeeb, who was pretty economical against the Strikers, will look to build pressure on the Hurricanes in the powerplay.
BRH Recent Form
Brisbane Heat have kicked off their BBL 08 campaign on a losing note as they were downed by the Adelaide Strikers by five wickets at the Gabba. They had faced defeats in their final four league games last season which means that they have now lost their last five matches in a row. Their middle order failed to click in the last game and they could muster only 146 runs in the end which eventually proved insufficient.
Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing 11
Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn (c), Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Hobart Hurricanes Team News & Playing 11
HBH Team News
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade has taken over the captaincy from George Bailey and is set to lead Hobart Hurricanes in this eighth edition of the BBL. The club has released Cameron Boyce and Dan Christian to Melbourne Renegades and have brought in all-rounder James Faulkner as Christian's replacement. Tim Paine is currently with the Australian national team and so he won't be playing this match. The Hurricanes could open their batting with Alex Doolan and D’Arcy Short.
HBH Key Players
D’Arcy Short has hit tremendous form in the previous two BBL seasons and he even topped the runs charts last time with 572 runs. The left-hand opening batsman blitzed a century and a fifty against Brisbane Heat last season and the team will want him to replicate that form in this match. There will also be high expectations from Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott who both shone with the bat with scores of 71 and 67 not-out respectively in the semi-final game against Perth Scorchers. Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills and James Faulkner are all match-winners with the ball and the Hurricanes will be hoping for this trio to be at its best on Saturday. Archer was amongst the tournament's top five bowlers last season with 16 wickets in 12 matches and the speedster is likely to trouble Brisbane Heat the most. Mills and Faulkner are experienced campaigners and it will be crucial that they provide good support to Archer.
HBH Recent Form
Hobart Hurricanes won five and lost as many matches out of the ten they played during the league phase of the previous season and made it through to the playoffs, finishing fourth on the points table. They went into the semi-final on the back of three consecutive defeats but recorded a resounding 71-run victory over Perth Scorchers in the semis to set up the title clash with Adelaide Strikers. The Hurricanes then lost the final by 25 runs to finish runners-up.
Hobart Hurricanes Predicted Playing 11
D'Arcy Short, Alex Doolan, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Matthew Wade (c/wk), Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, Johan Botha, Jofra Archer, Clive Rose, Tymal Mills
BRH vs HBH Team Form in Last Five Matches
BRH : L L L L L
HBH : L W L L L
Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes Head to Head
BRH vs HBH Head to Head
Brisbane Heat have won four while Hobart Hurricanes have won eight out of the twelve matches that have been played between these two teams in the Big Bash League.
Hobart Hurricanes have won four of their last five encounters against Brisbane Heat and they even did the double over them in the previous season.
Hobart Hurricanes had registered a six-wicket win in the most recent encounter against Brisbane Heat this year in January at the Bellerive Oval. Batting first, the Heat posted 165/8 on the scoreboard before the Hurricanes overhauled that total in the 19th over.
Brisbane Heat begin as the bookmakers' favorites to win this fifth match of the Big Bash League 2018/19. They are being offered at odds of 1.66 on Betway, 1.72 on Bet365 and 1.79 on Betfair. Hobart Hurricanes find themselves as outsiders for this game at a higher price of 2.16 on Betfair and 2.10 on both Betway and Bet365.
Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes Prediction
Hobart Hurricanes certainly have the upper hand when it comes to head-to-head record as they have beaten Brisbane Heat eight times out of twelve in the BBL. Also, having finished runners-up in the previous season will also make them feel confident going into this game. Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, have not made the kind of start they were hoping for but they do have the resources to help them bounce back. In Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum, they have two of the world's most dangerous T20 batsmen in their side and if these two get going on Saturday night, the Hurricanes will find it very tough to stay in the game. The Hurricanes may have had plenty of success against the Heat in the past, but we expect the latter to shrug off the disappointment of the previous defeat and come up with a strong all-round performance in this match.
Final Verdict: Back Brisbane Heat to beat Hobart Hurricanes at 1.66 with Betway, 1.72 with Bet365 and 1.79 with Betfair.