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Toss Winner - Sydney Sixers Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Sixers Women beat Brisbane Heat Women by 4 wickets
Brisbane Heat takes on Sydney Sixers in the Women’s BBL season opener
Our prediction is for Brisbane Heat to win the match
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Harrup Park, Mackay, Australia | Toss: To BatBet Now
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WBBL 2022 will kick off with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Sixers at the Ray Mitchell Oval, in Mackay.
Both teams will be keen on starting the season on a winning note. Sydney Sixers, who came 8th in the WBBL 07 would like to put the last season's failure behind them with an improved show here at the Ray Mitchell Oval.
Brisbane Heat defeated Sydney Sixers in both of their encounters last year including one at this venue. The Sixers will find it tough to turn things around against a strong Brisbane side who’ve signed up some exciting new players.
Sydney Sixers have also made quite a few changes to their squad in addition to signing a new coach for the brand-new season. It will be interesting to see what impact the new signings will have on Sydney’s performance against Brisbane Heat in the season opener.
Brisbane Heat have brought in England top-order batter Danielle Wyatt for the WBBL 08 season. Wyatt has scored 2159 runs from 114 T20 international innings at a strike rate of 123.93.
This new signing has added a lot of firepower to the Brisbane Heat top-order which already features the likes of Georgia Redmayne and Georgia Voll. Wyatt is joined by all-rounders Pooja Vastrakar and Amelia Kerr who have also signed with Brisbane Heat for WBBL 2022.
Vastrakar had impressed one and all with her all-round performances in New Zealand in the ODI World Cup. Pooja has pace in her bowling and can hit boundaries with the bat.
Kerr is also a crucial part of the NZ T20I setup and has picked 50 T20 international wickets at an economy of 5.93. Those are impressive numbers and make her an asset to the BRHW squad for the WBBL 08. The squad looks well balanced with 4 all-rounders and bowlers with abilities to hit the long ball.
Grace Harris, a right-arm medium bowler opened the innings for Brisbane Heat last year and played some fine knocks getting her side off to a good start. The skipper, Jess Jonassen is also handy with the bat and at number 7 adds depth to the batting order.
Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Voli, Redmayne (wk), Laura Kimmence, Grace Parsons, Mikayla Hinkley, Amelia Kerr, Pooja Vastrakar, Jess Jonassen (c), Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris
Grace Harris, Courtney Sippel, Jess Kerr, Jess Jonassen, Mikayla Hinkley, Georgia Voll, Amelia Kerr, Nicola Hancock, Charli Knott, Georgia Redmayne, Laura Kimmince Harris
Sydney Sixers have let go of both Radha Yadav and Shafali Verma who were the two overseas players for the side in WBBL 07.
Sophie Ecclestone and Suzie Bates are the new overseas signing for Sydney Sixers this year. They join Angela Genford and Kate Paterson who come into the side from Hurricanes and Thunder respectively.
Ecclestone adds great power to the bowling attack as she brings her international experience to the SYS setup. The England slow left-arm bowler has picked 82 wickets from 60 T20I innings at an average of 16.34 and an economy of just 6.02.
The other overseas player in the Sydney Sixers squad, Suzie Bates is an all-rounder who’s picked over 50 wickets and scored more than 3000 runs in T20 internationals. Alyssa Healy and skipper Ellyse Perry will have someone to rely on in the middle or lower order with Bates in the side.
Healy and Perry are the two key batters for Sydney Sixers in the top order. And now with Shafali Verma out of the squad, they will be looking for a new opener to join Alyssa Healey.
The bowling attack led by Ellyse Perry, Mailtan Brown, and Gardner is now strengthened by the new signings. And the Sixers can hope for a revival this season.
Ellyse Perry (c), Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Sophie Ecclestone, Suzie Bates, Jade Allen, Nicole Bolton, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Lauren Cheatle
Lauren Cheatle, Maitlan Brown, Nicole Bolton, Kate Peterson, Angelina Genford, Ellyse Perry, Suzie Bates, Sophie Ecclestone, Erin Burns, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy
The pitch is balanced and offers help to both batters and bowlers. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 26 degrees Celsius.
The average 1st innings score at this venue is 135 runs. And if either of these teams gets a 150 plus total batting first, they would be in a great position to win the match from there.
Of the 15 domestic Women’s T20 played at this venue, teams batting first have won 8. While it seems like an even contest between bat and ball, last season saw teams defending the total with ease.
Both teams have some promising new signings this season and will look to make a big impact at the start of the season. Considering the strengths and weaknesses of both squads, Brisbane Heat seems to have a slight edge over the Sixers and hence, will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for Brisbane Heat to win the match
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