HOBART HURRICANES V BRISBANE HEAT – 6:40PM
The Heat will be looking to square the ledger, after a controversial loss to the Hurricanes in Brisbane. The Hurricanes got over the line by three runs, thanks to the heroics of D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer. Short blasted his maiden BBL hundred and will be looking to repeat the dose. Without Chris Lynn the Heat still boast a formidable batting line-up lead by Brendan McCullum. McCullum will be joined at the top of the order by Joe Burns. Burns has hammered 160 runs across six innings. Yasir Shah continues to take wickets for the Heat, going at 5.62 runs per over. The Hurricanes will look to D’Arcy Short. Short has smashed 406 runs at a strike rate of 159.84. Jofra Archer has proven to be a one-man highlight reel for the Hurricanes. This is a must-win game for the Heat, the Hurricanes will like their chances at home. The Hurricanes will be too strong for the Heat.
MELBOURNE STARS V SYDNEY SIXERS – 6.40PM
Expect fireworks in the battle for the BBL wooden spoon. Both sides picked up wins against their local rivals last round. The Stars will be buoyed by the form of Kevin Pietersen. In his final season for the Stars, KP smashed a season-high 74 against the Renegades. During his innings, Pietersen became the 12th player to reach 1000 BBL runs. Glenn Maxwell enters the game with a point to prove to Aussie selectors. Maxwell hit 31 against the Renegades and picked up four catches in the field. The Sixers snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Thunder. A change in personnel brought about a change in fortunes. Nathan Lyon and Moises Henriques return to the line-up. Carlos Brathwaite is a proven match-winner on the international stage. The Sixers will look to build some momentum and have the weapons to upset the Stars.
WEDNESDAY 17/01/2018 -6.40PM
ADELAIDE STRIKERS V HOBART HURRICANES
The Strikers will be looking to bounce back from their loss to the Scorchers. Adelaide will be without Travis Head, for what looms as a crucial clash. The Strikers will be looking to consolidate a semi-final berth, while the Hurricanes are making a strong case for the finals. The Strikers will be disappointed with their last batting effort against the Scorchers. Only four top-order batsmen reached double-figures in their last outing. Alex Carey continues to dazzle with the bat at the top of the order. Carey smashed 44 against the Scorchers. Rashid Khan continues to dominate the BBL. Khan has 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.09. Khan will be key in stopping the run of D’Arcy Short. Short has stepped into the shoes of Chris Lynn this season, dominating the BBL with the bat. The Hurricanes have the momentum to take the points at the Adelaide Oval.
THURSDAY 18/01/2018 – 6.40PM
SYDNEY SIXERS V BRISBANE HEAT
State of origin rivalries brings out the best in Queensland sides. The Heat needs a win in Sydney to stay in the hunt for finals action. Spinners have been a crucial weapon in this edition of the BBL. In the form of Yasir Shah, the Heat have the best leg spinner in world cricket. Shah has an economy rate of 5.62, second only to Rashid Khan. Ben Cutting has the potential to provide the x-factor for the Heat in the middle overs. The big-fast bowler has been used as a shock weapon with the bat, striking the ball at 157.89. After notching their first win against the Thunder, the Sixers will want to finish their campaign on a positive note. Carlos Brathwaite will be wanting to do some damage with both bat and ball. Moises Henriques adds some steel to the Sixers middle order. The Sixers will feel they are in with a chance of causing an upset. The Heat have too many weapons in their batting line-up. The Heat will look good for a win in Sydney.