Brisbane Heat’s big challenge to defeat table toppers Sydney Sixers
Sydney Sixers to win
It is Game No 24 at the Big Bash League 2020-21 and the Brisbane Heat has a tough task on their hand as they take on the Sydney Sixers. Heat has won just one game so far in the season and went down in the last game against the Hobart Hurricanes. As for the Sydney Sixers they are looking in tremendous form with four back to back wins and come here having defeated the Melbourne Renegades.
Brisbane Heat has had an extremely poor record against the Sixers and have managed to defeat them only once in the last four seasons. This would surely create additional mental pressure on them and it would be interesting to see how they fight back. The Sixers on their part aren’t likely to make it easy for the Heat and shall look to retain their top place on the points table with a convincing victory in this game.
Jimmy Peirson who is leading the side in absence of Chris Lynn who is out with an injury saw his team suffer yet another defeat, their fourth in five games. It was a heart break as they lost the game by 1 run after a fight back from the lower order. They are currently struggling in the bottom half of the points table and the side would be looking make a quick recovery in this game.
Max Bryant did well in the last game but Sam Heazlett missed out. The pair has to do well as Sixers have a very good bowling attack. In the middle order Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth and Lewis Gregory have to make their contributions as they have been inconsistent which is hurting the side’s cause. Peirson and James Bazley bring in good abilities with the bat and they would be expected to do the big hitting in this game.
Their bowlers did extremely well in the last game with Jack Wildermuth and Xavier Bartlett bowling tight spells with the new ball and the same would be expected from them here. Mujeeb ur Rahman was at his miserly best and he would be expected to inflict maximum damage on the opposition and expect good support from Gregory and Bazley
Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Jack Wildermuth, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, James Bazley, Simon Milenko, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
|M Ur Rahman||4.0||0||15||5||3.75|
|M Ur Rahman||4.0||0||15||5||3.75|
James Bazley, Lewis Gregory, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson, Xavier Bartlett, Joe Denly, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Kuhnemann
Daniel Hughes would be proud of the way his side is shaping up at the moment. They have won the last four games in a row to claim the top position on the points table. It was a close contest for them in the last game against the Melbourne Renegades which they ended up winning by 2 wickets. Hughes would now look to earn another win and take a step close to a berth in the playoffs.
Openers Josh Philippe and Jack Edwards look in good form and set up a good stand in the last game and shall look to continue from where they left in the last game. In the middle order they have quality batting with players like James Vince, Jordan Silk and Hughes in the side. Daniel Christian, Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite are all big hitters of the ball and this makes this a formidable batting line-up.
Holder and Ben Dwarshuis have formed a strong opening bowling combination and early wickets would be expected from them in this game. Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Manenti were expensive in the last game and they would look to bowl better lines here. With Christian and Steve O’Keefe in the side the attack looks good enough to take on the Heat.
Daniel Hughes (c), Josh Philippe (wk), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve OKeefe, Ben Manenti
Jack Edwards, James Vince, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Steve O'Keefe, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Jordan Silk, DT Christian, Benjamin Manenti
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0.60 mm.||4.08 k/h||From: ESE||71%|
|03h||29||0.34 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: E||61%|
|06h||28||0 mm.||4.89 k/h||From: E||38%|
|09h||25||0.15 mm.||3.71 k/h||From: E||9%|
|12h||24||0.58 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: E||25%|
|15h||24||0 mm.||1.86 k/h||From: E||13%|
|18h||23||0 mm.||1.65 k/h||From: SE||21%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||1.44 k/h||From: ESE||36%|
Weatherman predicts heavy rains for Brisbane on January 02 and we should be lucky to see a complete game without any disruptions. The ball would do a lot on the surface and batsmen would have to play carefully and focus on accumulating runs. A score of 160 runs would be a fighting total on this track.
The Gabba, Brisbane is a great T20 venue and the smaller size of the venue offers plenty of run scoring opportunities for the batsmen. Fast bowlers do get good bargain from the surface in the early overs of the game with the new ball. The ball takes turn here but the spinners have to be on their toes to do well here.
The wicket here has been a tricky one to bat on in the first innings as the ball does a bit in the air and creates lots of wicket taking opportunities. We have seen string of mediocre scores here so far in the season. Thus we believe the side that wins the toss would be opting to bowl here in this game.
It will be a game where the two sides are coming into the contest with contrasting forms. The Brisbane Heat would be under serious pressure to win this game and improve their position on the points table but their batting line-up isn’t looking in great shape. Sydney Sixers are in sublime form for now and have been winning games one after the other. This would make the Sydney Sixers favorites to win here.
Sydney Sixers to win