BBL 2018-19, Match 44: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

BBL 2018-19, Match 44: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Johan Botha has announced his retirement and won't be available now for the Hurricanes.

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The 44th match of the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) will see two teams with contrasting form lock horns. Hobart Hurricanes who are a team to beat this season will host the struggling and the seventh-placed team Brisbane Heat in the first match of the doubleheader day. The Heat botched up a 135-run chase against the Stars in the previous game and are in a situation to win every game now to qualify for the knockouts.

The Hurricanes, on the other hand, were dealt with a blow as Johan Botha announced a sudden retirement from all forms of the game. Jarrod Freeman has replaced him in the squad but he is unlikely to get a game. The team is in great form is expected to brush aside the Heat easily. Having said that, the likes of Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum can thump any bowling attack and if they find their groove in this game, it is very much possible that the Heat can cause an upset.

Match Details:

The 44th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (5:00 AM GMT) (10:30 AM IST).

The game will be live on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India. Live streaming is available on Sony LIV.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Bellerive Oval is a small ground with short square boundaries which will help a batsman like Lynn. Defending the total is tough at the venue and chasing should be the best option.

Average first innings score: 165.8 (Last five Twenty20s)

Chasing teams’ record: Won – 5, Lost – 0 (Last five Twenty20s)

Also Read: BBL Match 44 Prediction

Probable XI:

Hobart Hurricanes:

Matthew Wade (C & WK), D’Arcy Short, Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, George Bailey, Simon Milenko, James Faulkner, David Moody, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, Clive Rose.

Bench –Jarrod Freeman, Alex Doolan

Squad Changes

In – Jarrod Freeman

Out – Johan Botha

Brisbane Heat:

Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Brendan Doggett, Josh Lalor, Mitch Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Squad Available – Jack Prestwidge, Matthew Kuhnemann.

No changes made to the squad.

Team News:

Jarrod Freeman comes into the squad for retired Johan Botha.

Power Picks:

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has picked a wicket in each of his last five matches and has been economical as well. He could turn out to be a smart pick in the fantasy team.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

D’Arcy Short is a must as captain or vice-captain looking at his performances in the tournament so far. Matthew Wade and Ben Cutting are also in great touch and will be handy as multipliers. One can never count out Lynn and a must-win match for his team might bring out the best in him. The other alternatives are Max Bryant, McCullum and George Bailey.

Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Matthew Wade (VC)

Batters – Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, George Bailey, Caleb Jewell, D’Arcy Short (C)

All-Rounders – Ben Cutting, James Faulkner

Bowlers – Josh Lalor, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Riley Meredith.

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Jimmy Peirson

Batters – Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short (VC)

All-Rounders – Ben Cutting, James Faulkner

Bowlers – Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith


Expert Advice:

Caleb Jewell with 7.5 credits to compensate for picking the likes of D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn who collectively cost 22 credits.

Probable Winners:

Going by current form, the Hurricanes are the clear favourites to win this game.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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