Hurricanes Try To Cool Down Red-Hot Heat

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Chris Lynn has started the Big Bash in sparkling form. Image courtesy of Evans
On Sunday night, Brisbane Heat showed why it managed to scrap its way to the BBL02 title earlier this year. Even after a top order collapse in pursuit of Perth’s so-so score of 151, Heat was led home by Chris Lynn’s cavalier innings of 81; the next highest score was 15. Even if explosive opening combination Luke Pomersbach and Craig Kieswetter fails to fire, the men in teal bat deep and have the firepower to chase down most targets.

That was on full display in January when Heat chased down Hobart’s total of 150 in just 14.2 overs at Blundstone Arena. Pomersbach belted 82 off just 42 balls and the Hurricanes will hope to avoid a repeat when they visit the ‘Gabba on Saturday night. The way Alex Hales went about his business in the rain-affected match against the Strikers, you can understand the Hurricanes’ attack being a bit guy-shy against another opening bat who can single-handedly turn a game on its head. Joe Burns is the other dangerman for the visitors as he posted a score in both matches between the teams last summer.

The good news for Hobart is it won the corresponding encounter at the start of last season’s tournament. Travis Birt steered the Apple Isle team home with an unbeaten 57 as the Hurricanes dropped just two wickets in overcoming their target of 173 with an over to spare. Since that match, though, Brisbane’s attack has looked a lot better with the introduction of Alister McDermott who backed up a very good BBL02 season with three wickets in the season opener against Perth. Hobart is without George Bailey who is playing in the Boxing Day Test and most likely won’t be available for the remainder of the Big Bash.

Brisbane has now won four straight, including last year’s semi-final and the decider against Perth. Last weekend’s victory at the ‘Gabba was a rare home victory, though, as Heat only won one of four matches there last season. 

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