Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers are ready to clash in the 15th match of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Our prediction is Sydney Sixers to win!
Hosts Brisbane Heat will be desperate to register a win in this match after suffering back-to-back defeats in the competition. The side is currently lying at the bottom of the league table and will be hoping to turn things around in the next couple of games.
In their previous game, Brisbane Heat suffered a 15-run defeat against Hobart Hurricanes, whereas Sydney Sixers registered a 33-run win against Melbourne Renegades in a game played on Saturday. With this result, Sixers have moved up to fourth in the league table with four points to their name.
Captain Chris Lynn will be hoping that his side can improve their game with the bat and ball against Sydney Sixers.
In the batting department, Heat will be relying on the likes of Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting to do bulk of the scoring. The strategy of promoting Max Bryant to open the innings hasn’t reaped rewards so far in the two games played. Chris Lynn might move to the opening slot to make sure that Brisbane can get off to a good start inside Powerplay overs.
Brendon McCullum has struggled with form and perished for low scores in the two games played in the competition. There is room for improvement as experienced players like Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett and Jimmy Peirson can score crucial runs for the side in the next couple of games.
In the bowling department, pacer James Pattinson and off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman have been excellent for the side in the first two games. Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson also have picked up crucial wickets for the side in the competition.
Chris Lynn (captain), Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Joe Burns, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Ben Cutting, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Lalor/ James Pattinson.
On the other hand, Sixers will be desperate for a better show as they are currently placed on fourth position on the league table, but a win could lift them to third place in the competition.
In the batting department, the focus will be on the likes of Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes to produce the goods for the team, as they’ve scored 138 and 101 runs respectively at averages of 69.00 and 25.25.
The team management will be concerned with the form of their openers Joe Denly and Jack Edwards, who have not done much with the bat in the three games played. Captain Moises Henriques found form with the bat as he scored run-a-ball 20 runs against Melbourne Renegades.
On the other hand, left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe is leading the bowling charts for Sixers with 9 wickets at an average of 9.66. Pace trio of Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis and Tom Curran also have bowled well so far in the three games played.
Moises Henriques (captain), Jack Edwards, Joe Denly, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe (wk), Sean Abbott, Ben Manenti, Tom Curran, Steve O’ Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis.
The pitch prepared for the competition will be a good one. The weather forecast for Tuesday is clear skies with no chance of rain.
Earlier this year, the venue hosted its first international game between Australia and South Africa. The Carrara Oval in Queensland will host its second BBL game between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers. Brisbane Heat lost their previous game against Hobart Hurricanes played at the venue.
The side that wins the toss would bat first and would like to put runs on the board. The average score at the venue is around 140 to 150 runs.