Sydney Sixers: LLWLWWLLW
Brisbane Heat: NWLWWLLL
Welcome to the match preview of Sydney Sixers Vs Brisbane Heat. Sydney Sixers are currently struggling with two losses in a trot. With every loss they are pushed down the points table. Their top order is struggling to good starts and they lost 5 wickets for just 50 odd runs in the last match. Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk and Tom Curran has been the consistent performers so far. Skipper Moises has provided some runs with the bat but is not upto his standards. James Vince and Jack Edwards are yet to make a mark in the playing XI. Ben Dwarisus, Sean Abbott and Tom Curran form the pace bowling attack of the team. Ben Manenti and Steve O Keefe are the spinners expected to bowl in tandem. Steve O Keefe has had an excellent tournament and is the highest wicket taker so far.
Brisbane Heat are not having a good tournament with more losses than wins. They had a bad incident last match at Gabba with power failure and match ending as no result. They have formidable top order with Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum and Skipper Chris Lynn. They have the most explosive top order in the Big Bash league. There has been less contributions from middle order and players like Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting and Joe Burns need to improve their batting. Brendon Doggett, Ben cutting, Josh LAlor and James Pattinson form an effective pace bowling attack. They have mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman supported by Michael Swepson to control the run flow in the middle overs.
James Vince – Vince came in as a replacement for Joe Denly and his time is running out. He needs to perform before being left out of the playing XI.
Ben Dwarisus – Dwarisus has been a very effective bowler at the start as well the death overs. He would look to get wickets at the start to disrupt the opposition`s rhythm.
Stats from the league
Daniel Hughes – 224 runs at strike rate 125 (HS-62, 50s-2)
Steve O Keefe - 15 wickets at an economy of 7.3rpo (BB- 3/19) – Highest wicket taker so far
Moises Henriques (C), James Vince, Justin Avendano, Jordan Silk, Daniel Hughes, Steve O Keefe, Josh Philipe (Wk), Sean Abbott, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarisus, Benjamin Menanti
Justin Avendano may replace Jack Edwards in the playing XI.
Steve O'Keefe, Jack Edwards, B Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Sean Abbott, Lloyd Pope
Chris Lynn – Lynn fell out of the national selection recently and he needs to showcase his batting skills to stake a claim in the national selection for future.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – The Afghani teenager has been going places with his mystery spin bowling and he is turning out be a very economical and effective wicket taking option in the T20s.
Stats from the league
Chris Lynn – 317 runs at strike rate 130 (HS -84, 50s-2) – Second highest run scorer so far
Brendan Doggett – 7 wickets at an economy of 8.1rpo (BB – 3/16)
Chris Lynn(C), Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Jimmy Pierson, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
No Changes are expected in their playing XI. They have been successful with this combination over the last week so far.
Brendan Doggett, Ben Cutting, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jack Prestwidge, Chris Lynn, Josh Lalor, Max Bryant, Jimmy Peirson, Brendon McCullum, Mitchell Swepson, Alex Ross
The match is scheduled to start at local time 7.15 PM local time. Sydney is one of slow pitches in Australia which is expected to aid the spin bowlers. Sydney is not a high scoring ground owing to its bigger boundaries. The Average score is around 160 runs. Any score above 180 runs is considered as par score and is tough to chase.
WIN the toss, BAT First
Sydney has been batting first venue and teams batting first has won 5 out 7 matches played so far in the league. The pitch might offer turn and grip for the spin bowlers as the match progresses due to wear and tear. Both captains would look to bat in better conditions.
Brisbane Heat top order has been in good form and is doing the bulk of run scoring in the league. We expect their top order to come good once again. Both teams have good spinners in form of Mujeeb, Steve O Keefe and Swepson, so we can look forward to an exciting contest. We place our bet on Brisbane Heat to be victorious.
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