Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes Big Bash League 2021-2022 Match Preview, Team News, Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI and the Match Prediction

Jan 9, 2022

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Brisbane Heat will lock horns with Hobart Hurricanes in the 41st match of the Big Bash League 2021-22 at The Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday.Not all is well in the Brisbane Heat camp, as they have lost most of their key players to COVID-19. They are coming off a huge defeat against Melbourne Renegades, with the latter securing a thumping five-wicket win. Batting first, the Heat managed just 128 runs on the board, as none of the batters apart from Jake Lehmann could get going. Despite Lehmann’s 52-ball 65, the Heat finished with a below-par score.

In response, the Renegades comfortably chased down the target in just 15 overs. Shaun Marsh’s half-century along with contributions from Aaron Finch and captain Maddinson sealed the deal for them. The Heat will have to make an exceptional comeback if they are to secure a win in this contest.

Meanwhile, the Hobart Hurricanes too were beaten convincingly by the Adelaide Strikers in their last clash. The Hurricanes managed only 126 runs batting first, which was chased down by the Strikers in only 15.1 overs without much fuss.

For this game, the Hurricanes will be without their charismatic captain and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade. He has decided to take a break from the game, citing personal reasons. It will be interesting to see whether the Hurricanes can break their two-match losing streak in Wade’s absence.

Brisbane Heat will face Hobart Hurricanes in the 41st match of the BBL 2021/22 on Saturday. Missing 12 of their main players tested positive for COVID-19, Brisbane Heat fielded a second-string in the last game against Melbourne Renegades and lost the match by 5 wickets. They will go with the same squad for this match as well. With 3 wins and 6 losses, they are at the sixth spot in the standings with 14 points.

Hobart Hurricanes, on the other hand, lost their momentum in the last couple of matches as they encountered two consecutive losses against Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat. They managed to score 126 and 136 in their previous games which shows failure as a batting unit. They are placed at the fourth spot in the standings with 17 points.

The Brisbane Heat will take on the Hobart Hurricanes in the 41st match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2021 at The Gabba in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Hurricanes have blown a tad hot and cold in the ongoing edition of the BBL. Although they are placed fourth in the table, having lost five out of nine games, they are currently in a mini slump. After winning three matches in a row, the Hurricanes lost two back-to-back games.

They will go into the game after a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Peter Siddle’s Adelaide Strikers on January 5. After being put in to bat first, the Hurricanes flattered to deceive as they were bowled out for 126 in 19.5 overs. D’Arcy Short top-scored with a run-a-ball 32, laced with three fours.

Tim David’s 18-ball 28 and Mitchell Owen’s 10-ball propelled the Hurricanes past the 120-run mark. Thereafter, Matthew Short scored an unbeaten 72 and made sure that the Strikers tracked the target down in 15.1 overs. Sandeep Lamichhane picked up two wickets for 22 runs.

The Heat, led by Tom Cooper, on the other hand, have huffed and puffed to a large extent due to various reasons. 12 of their players tested positive for COVID-19 after which they had to field a depleted playing eleven against the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday.

The Heat lost the match by five wickets and are placed sixth in the table with 14 points and a net run rate of -0.370. After being asked to bat first, the Heat managed to score 128 for six on the back of Jake Lehmann’s 52-ball 65. But he didn’t get enough support from others.

The Renegades made light work of their run-chase, tracking down the target with as many as 30 balls to spare. David Grant picked up two wickets for the Heat, but his efforts went in vain.


Match: Brisbane Heat vs Hobart Hurricanes, Match 41, Big Bash League 2021-22.
Date and Time: January 8, 2021, Saturday; 3 PM IST.
Venue: The Gabba. Brisbane.


The track at the Gabba has plenty to offer for batters. The team batting first could eye a target in excess of the 200-run mark. Quick bowlers should receive some assistance from the pitch, but will have to be spot on with their execution.


The weather forecast doesn’t look pretty promising for this game. There is a 23% chance of precipitation, with high humidity as well. The temperature could hover around the 25-degree Celsius mark for most of the match day.



In their previous game against the Hurricanes, Sam Heazlett, Jake Wildermuth and James Bazley starred with the bat, while Xavier Bartlett’s four-for sealed the game for them.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman came to the party as well, as the wily spinner bagged a three-for. However, with 12 Heat players testing positive for COVID-19, they could field a depleted XI against the Hurricanes on Saturday.


  • Jake Lehmann
  • Jack Clayton
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Sam Heazlett
  • Tom Cooper (c)
  • Lachlan Pfeffer (wk)
  • Steven McGiffin
  • Will Prestwidge
  • Ronan McDonald
  • David Grant
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman.


Captain Matthew Wade has taken a break from the game, and will not feature in this match. In his absence, the onus will be on the other batters to step up and get the job done.


  • Ben McDermott
  • Harry Brook
  • D’Arcy Short
  • Caleb Jewell
  • Peter Handscomb (c & wk)
  • Tim David
  • Mitchell Owen
  • Thomas Rogers
  • Riley Meredith
  • Sandeep Lamichhane
  • Macalister Wright.


Both teams are coming into this game on the back of losses, and will be eager to get back to winning ways. With the Heat missing some key players, the Hurricanes appear to be the favourites to win this contest.

The Hobart Hurricanes look a comparatively well-settled unit, so expect them to come out on top on Saturday.


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