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Will bowl back-of-length to Dhoni: Cutting

Brisbane Heat pacer also says, ‘No wide yorkers to CSK captain’

The Brisbane Heat squad came to CLT20 2013 as Big Bash League champions. However, they have struggled to make an impact in the tournament so far, having lost their first two games. Although the whole team shares the responsibility for those defeats, the Heat batsmen would have to shoulder the bulk of the blame.

While the bowlers did a fine job on both occasions of restricting Trinidad &Tobago and the Titans for 135 and 123 respectively, the batsmen failed to get their team over the line. Now, as they face a daunting task of playing against the mighty Chennai Super Kings, Heat pacer Ben Cutting urged the top six batsmen to give more support to the bowlers.

“Our batting needs to improve, without a doubt, especially with the way we’ve bowled – rolling teams out for 120-130”, Cutting said. “A run-a-ball in T20 cricket shouldn’t be a hard task to achieve. 

“We’ve probably just been digging ourselves a hole by not getting off to a flier that other teams have. Having a good start allows you to slow down in the middle a bit if you lose wickets and consolidate. So, we really need our top six batsmen to contribute more,” Cutting said.

Brisbane Heat fielded first in their first two matches and if they do that again, they might have a slight advantage. With the dew setting in, it has been difficult for teams bowling last to grip the ball and maintain control over the deliveries.

However, in the last game played in Ranchi (CSK vs SRH), the super-sopper was deployed after the 10th over of the second innings to remove dew from the field. Cutting said that practice will make the bowling side’s job easier.

“The dew is going to be a big factor. But in saying that, having watched the match last night, they dried the field after the 10th over and that seemed to help a lot. When they focused the camera on the grass, it really did seem to take a lot of water away. If they do that during our match, it will certainly help,” the pacer said.

While he was not overly concerned about the conditions, Cutting did admit to being wary of a big threat that CSK pose – MS Dhoni. After watching the Indian captain’s whirlwind 63 off 19 balls against the Sunrisers, Aussie paceman has quickly chalked out plans to bowl to Dhoni.
“He’s a pretty world-class player,” Cutting said of Dhoni. “I certainly won’t be bowling any wide yorkers to him because they tend to disappear over the boundary; I’d probably be bowling a bit back-of-a-length. We’ll have a look at the footage tonight and come up with a plan.”

In all, the first two losses have put Brisbane Heat in an unenviable position in the tournament. They face a herculean task of beating two strong IPL teams in order to make the knockout stage. Cutting cited the example of the Big Bash League to insist that his team produces its best under pressure.

“It is a big task. But in saying that, we won the Big Bash League back in Australia after losing our first three games. We still ended up winning the final. So, I think we play our best cricket when our backs are against the wall.”

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