Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 17 – Brisbane Heat vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Must-win game for struggling Sunrisers
Match 17 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 will see the KFC Big Bash League winners Brisbane Heat lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The team from Down Under has had a largely forgettable competition so far, losing all their three matches. This being their last fixture, they will want to give their fans back home something to cheer about and leave Indian shores on a high note.
The Sunrisers have generally been good, but have also had their forgettable days in the office. After registering convincing wins in the first two matches in the Qualifiers, they fell against the Otago Volts in their final Qualifying match. Their story hasn’t been too dissimilar in the main draw of the CLT20; they defeated Trinidad & Tobago in their first outing, but have since lost to the Chennai Super Kings and the Titans.
The Sunrisers will be rooting for T&T to get the better of the Titans in the match scheduled to be played earlier in the evening. A victory for the Titans will mean that they and CSK will progress to the semi-finals, while a T&T win will mean SRH will stay alive in the competition.
Monday, September 30, 2013, 8 pm IST
Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
The batsmen in the Brisbane Heat ranks have been disappointing; no player from the team has posted a half-century so far in the competition. As a result, the team has been bundled out for 110 and 119, and managed to post 137/7 in their previous outing. They will need their internationals – skipper James Hopes, Peter Forrest and Daniel Christian – to take more responsibility. Ben Cutting played a handy innings in the last match, and it will be interesting to see if he is promoted up the batting order.
Kemar Roach (if he gets a slot in the playing XI), Christian and Nathan Hauritz will be ones to be closely followed among the bowlers.
The two left-handers at the top of the Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan – have scored runs consistently. The pair would have hopefully learnt their lessons from the previous match when they got starts, but didn’t convert them to big scores. Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy have been striking the ball well towards the end of the innings; expect some balls to fly out of the ground when they are on strike.
On the bowling front, the focus will be on Dale Steyn and Amit Mishra. The South African speedster will have happy memories of playing at Ahmedabad after picking up eight wickets in a Test match in 2008 and three wickets in an ODI in 2010. Mishra will know the track at Ahmedabad will give him some purchase; and against a team that isn’t too comfortable playing spinners, he will be aiming at a rich haul of wickets.
The left-hand batsmen in the Sunrisers Hyderabad line-up have scored 681 runs in the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 (including the Qualifiers). The right-hand batsmen have contributed only 203 runs in that period.
In their three matches so far, the Brisbane Heat batsmen have been dismissed for single-digit scores on 16 occasions – more than any other team in the competition.
Brisbane Heat end their CLT20 2013 campaign with this fixture and head back home. This is the Sunrisers’ final Group game too; their fate not only depends on their performance, but also on how Trinidad & Tobago fare.