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WBBL 2018-19, Match 36: Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips

The Hobart Hurricanes will have yet another disappointment if their bowlers don’t step.

Heather Knight and Smriti Mandhana
Heather Knight and Smriti Mandhana. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Hobart Hurricanes had three valuable T20 players from around the globe in their squad in the form of Smriti Mandhana, Hayley Matthews and Heather Knight. The trio played only two matches; lost one while defending 159 after having the Melbourne Stars at 23/4 and defeated them on the very next day by a record 72-run win with the trio’s contributions. Matthews caught up a knee injury in the same game as a result, the Hurricanes had to miss out her presence for the remainder of the season.

Since then, the Hurricanes have lost five consecutive matches. With seven defeats in first eight matches, the Hobart franchise is on the edge of getting knocked out. They need to win all their remaining six matches and hope the results of other matches work in their favour. For that to happen, the Hurricanes need something special from Mandhana. The Indian opener failed to display her Kia Super League (KSL) consistency which could have added value to Knight’s all-round efforts.

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They will now face the in-form Brisbane Heat in the doubleheader at the Launceston on Sunday. The Brisbane team have won four of their last five matches which includes big wins over Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers. They are currently placed at No.3 in the points table having won five out of eight matches they played. The Brisbane Heat went unchanged in their first seven matches in the tournament before they left out Suné Luus for Josie Dooley on Boxing Day.

Match Details:

The 36th match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will be played between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat at the Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

The match starts at 1:50 PM local time (2:50 AM GMT) (8:20 AM IST).

Streaming of this game will be available on Sony Liv.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Aurora Stadium in Launceston has a history of producing low scoring games. In the 2015/16 season of WBBL, three contests were won by defending scores between 110 and 125. Chasing team won one game after restricting the opponent to just 83. The recent most WBBL fixture here was in January 2017 and produced a total of 171. However, the last year’s BBL witnessed the chasing side collapse to a mere 109.

Squads:

Hobart Hurricanes:

Sasha Moloney (C), Brooke Hepburn, Stefanie Daffara, Erin Fazackerley, Corinne Hall, Alex Hartley, Mikayla Hinkley, Heather Knight, Smriti Mandhana, Rhiann O’Donnell, Meg Phillips, Veronica Pyke, Georgia Redmayne.

Brisbane Heat:

Kirby Short (C), Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonnasen, Delissa Kimmince, Suné Luus, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Laura Wolvaardt.

Injury or Availablity updates after squad announcement:

N/A.

Power Picks:

Jemma Barsby has taken at least one wicket in six of the eight matches this season. She scored 19 runs in one of the two games where she couldn’t get a wicket. Barsby averages 18.55 with the ball and has an economy rate of 6.95.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Sammy-Jo Johnson and Jess Jonnasen have been brilliant in the tournament contributing with both bat and ball. Both the all-rounders cover-up in one of the departments if they fail in the other. The likes of Smriti Mandhana and Heather Knight might produce their ‘A’ game in this crucial match having returned from a break.

Best Playing XI:

Keeper – Beth Mooney

Batters – Smriti Mandhana, Stefanie Daffara, Kirby Short

All-Rounders – Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonnasen, Heather Knight

Bowlers – Brooke Hepburn, Meg Phillips, Jemma Barsby, Alex Hartley

Risky Playing XI:

Keeper – Beth Mooney

Batters – Smriti Mandhana, Stefanie Daffara, Kirby Short

All-Rounders – Erin Fazackerley, Jess Jonnasen (VC), Heather Knight

Bowlers – Delissa Kimmince, Meg Phillips, Jemma Barsby, Alex Hartley (C)

Expert Advice:

Not many players in the batting category look promising and have been consistent in this tournament. Smriti Mandhana and Heat’s captain Kirby Short has been the best among the lot. The Hurricanes’ Stefanie Daffara averages only 16.87 but is the easily the 3rd best in the list.

Probable Winners:

The Hobart Hurricanes will have yet another disappointment if their bowlers don’t step.

*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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