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Sydney Thunder odds
Toss Winner - Sydney Thunder won the toss and chose to bat first
Brisbane Heat beat Sydney Thunder by 5 wickets
Brisbane Heat has had an inconsistent season so far and would be looking for victory against Sydney Thunder.
Expect Sydney Thunder to dominate and win this clash.
Tournament: Big Bash League 2020-21 | Format: T20 | Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Brisbane Heat has underperformed in this season of the Big Bash League. 6 matches in and they are at the 6th position in the table with 4 losses and just 2 wins. However, they are coming off a solid win against Sydney Sixers in their last match and should be high on confidence. Their next assignment, though, is against table-toppers Sydney Thunder who have just lost one match in the season so far. Thunder is working like a well-oiled machine and it will be quite difficult to stop them when they are in this form.
Brisbane Heat appears to be getting their season on track after starting with three consecutive losses. In their next 3 games, they have clinched 2, including one against a top side like Sydney Sixers. Chasing a target of 166, the Heat got there with 7 balls to spare courtesy of a really good all-round show. They would now be looking to build on this form in their game against Sydney Thunder. They have already been beaten by them once earlier this season and would really need to put up a dominant performance.
Brisbane will be happy that their long batting order contributed in the last game. The likes of Max Bryant, Lewis Gregory, and Jack Wildermuth played crucial parts with the bat. But Joe Denly, Sam Heazlett, and skipper Jimmy Peirson would be disappointed at not achieving big scores after getting starts. That is one weak area of Brisbane’s batting.
On the bowling front, Brisbane was quite good in their last game. While Wildermuth was economical at the start, Mark Steketee (4-33) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-28) were simply outstanding. However, support bowlers like Lewis Gregory have tended to be expensive and that can prove to be a headache to the team.
Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Joe Denly, Jack Wildermuth, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Kuhnemann, Sam Heazlett
James Bazley, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson, Xavier Bartlett, Joe Denly, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Max Bryant, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Kuhnemann
Sydney Thunder has easily been the team to beat this season. With 5 wins, 1 loss, and 19 points in 6 matches, they have set themselves at the top of the table firmly. Moreover, they are on a 5-match winning streak that doesn’t look to be broken any time soon. Sydney is coming off a 7 run-win (DLS method) in their last game against Melbourne Renegades.
Sydney’s batting has been its main strength this season and is in red-hot form. Openers Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales have been complimenting each other beautifully. Hales, especially, is in terrific touch. He struck an attractive 45 off 19 balls in the last match and a sizzling 71 off 29 balls in the one before that against Melbourne Stars. Barring the openers, Sydney also has Callum Ferguson, Sam Billings, and Daniel Sams in the batting unit which makes it quite formidable.
Sydney’s bowling is largely dependent on Adam Milne, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, and Chris Tremain while Tanveer Sangha’s leg-spin has been quite useful too. Milne missed the last match for Thunder and it affected their rhythm. If he misses out again, then it would give Brisbane an advantage.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson (c), Oliver Davies, Sam Billings (wk), Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew/ Adam Milne, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha
Alex Hales, Ben Cutting, Sam Billings, Daniel Sams, Christopher Green, Callum Ferguson, Adam Milne, Usman Khawaja, Oliver Davies, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan John McAndrew
The pitch at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart has proven to be a good one overall. It has something in for both the batsmen and the bowlers always. Expect batsmen to get some quick runs at the start of the innings but seamers should find enough purchase on the wicket to keep troubling the batsmen constantly.
A few drizzles are expected in Hobart on the day of the game and that could mean another rain-curtailed affair.
There have been quite a few matches played at the Bellerive Oval this year. While a few of them have been high-scoring ones where a total of 200-plus was achieved as well, it has largely remained pretty even. The team batting first should look to post at least 170-odd on the board to feel safe.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat second as there are chances of rain and hence chasing would be a much better option.
In the past 5 matches between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder, Brisbane has won only 2 matches. Moreover, they were comprehensively beaten by Sydney by 4 wickets earlier this season and would hence be wary. Despite a win in their last match, Brisbane is still isn’t as strong as Sydney. They have got most bases covered and most importantly, their batting unit is looking in prime form. In fact, Sydney Thunder’s strong batting could be the main difference between the two sides in this encounter.
Expect Sydney Thunder to dominate and win this clash.
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