Yet another match in the Big Bash League 2018-19 season went down as a one-sided affair. The hosts Hobart Hurricanes knocked down Brisbane Heat comfortably by 9 wickets in the 44th match of the tournament. D’Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell are the stars for Hurricanes, who stitched an unbeaten 132-run partnership in the chase.
As usual, the toss-winning side, Hobart Hurricanes chose to bowl first after winning the toss. The bowlers of Hobart made the use of the pitch to perfection as they rattled the Brisbane top 4 batsmen for cheap scores.
The heroics of Jofra Archer and the Co in the powerplay saw Brisbane Heat reeling on 27/4 at the end of 5 overs. However, the right-handed Alex Ross once again came to their aid alongside James Pierson’s contribution.
The duo added a 109-run partnership for the 5th wicket to bring back Brisbane into the game. The decent finish by Pierson helped them to put 145 on the board, who were once expected to be bundled out under 100 runs.
Jofra Archer, David Moody and James Faulkner bagged a couple of wickets each for the team. In between, D’Arcy Short was smashed to 31 runs in his couple of overs in the earlier part of the innings.
In reply, Matthew Wade walked back for a cheap score after smashing a big six. It was the only last time when Brisbane Heat was seen in smiles, as D’Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell made the chase look like an easy-peasy task.
The duo added a 132-run partnership for the second wicket to guide Hobart Hurricanes to the victory ropes. They chased the tally with as many as 32 deliveries still left in the bank.
D’Arcy Short, who finished with an unbeaten 68-run knock was handed man of the match trophy. The victory solidified Hobart’s place at the top with 18 points in 11 games. Meanwhile, Brisbane is at seventh position.
Brisbane Heat – 145/6 (Alex Ross 62, Pierson 50; Moody 2/27)
Hobart Hurricanes – 146/1 (D’Arcy Short 68, Caleb Jewell 61, Cutting 1/29)