Will Sixers fire the Heat at SCG?
Sydney Sixers will win the match!
Sydney Sixers will play their next match against Brisbane Heat for their third match of the league stage. Sydney Sixers started off the tournament with a handsome Perth Scorchers by 8 wickets, but their fortuned dwindled as they were rolled over for just 104 runs in a small chase the last match against Hobart Hurricanes.
Brisbane Heat is not having a good time this season losing both their matches played so far. They failed to chase down the total in the matches and will hope their fortune changes in this match. Both teams will look to add points to their name in this all-important encounter.
Sixers won their opening match on the back of Josh Philippe`s brilliant 81 runs. Their batting unit failed miserably being bowled out for just 104 runs chasing a small total of 130 runs. Only four batsmen reached the double-figure mark. They have quality batsmen in form of Henriques, James Vince, Jordan Silk, and Daniel Hughes in their lineup.
Their bowlers have been right on the money with restricting the opposition to scores of 131 & 129 in the two matches. Sean Abbott was the leading wicket-taker with 3 wickets in the last match. Ben Manenti, Ben Dwarshius, and Tom Curran are also amongst the wickets column in both the matches. Their bowling attack hunt in a pack and opposition has no place to hide with all bowlers taking wickets.
Josh Philippe – Josh Philippe showed his class and form with a 44-ball 81 in the first match. He got a start of 24 runs last match but failed to continue and they ended up making a mock of the chase.
Tom Curran – Curran has already 5 wickets to his name in the two matches he played. He also has an impressive economy of just 7.5 RPO to couple with his wickets. Four of his five wickets came in overs 16-20 in the two matches.
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti, Lloyd Pope
Hayden Kerr, B Dwarshuis, Moises Henriques, Tom Curran, James Vince, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Daniel Hughes, Benjamin Manenti, Sean Abbott, Lloyd Pope
Brisbane Heat fluffed the chase in both their matches to end with 140+ score on board. Tom Banton (64 runs) and Matt Renshaw (39 runs) were the only players to bat responsibly in the chase. Six players were dismissed for single-digit scores. Experienced players such as Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, and Ben Cutting must play consistently with the bat. All the six bowlers used by them got wickets by did not have the incisiveness to stop the batting unit.
Zakir Khan was the only bowler to give runs at less than 8 RPO after bowling more than 2 overs in both the matches. Their bowlers will need to restrict the run flow and continue wicket-taking at regular intervals.
Tom Banton – Banton started the chase in good fashion scoring 64 runs off just 36 balls. He smashed 6 boundaries and 4 sixes and had a strike rate of 178. He was dismissed when the team score read 81/1 in 9 overs.
Zakir Khan – Zakir Khan has match figures of 0/27 & 1/29 in the two matches. He has an economy of less than 7.5 RPO while other bowlers are giving runs at nearly 9 RPO.
Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mark Steketee, Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson, Zahir Khan, Tom Banton (wk), Max Bryant
Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin, Sam Heazlett, Matt Renshaw, Chris Lynn, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Jimmy Peirson, Max Bryant
The weather looks bright and sunny and we can expect a full match between these two teams with no interruptions.
SCG is traditionally favored spinners and is one of average scoring grounds in Australia. We expect scores in range of 160-170 runs in this match. The average score in this match will be around 175 runs.
Chasing is the safest team in the T20Is especially. Both teams will look to chase down the target.
Both teams have quality batting line-up but are struggling with form and confidence at the moment.
Sixers have a better bowling attack when compared to Heat based on the recent performances this season. Sixers will also have the home advantage and head-head stat on their side. We expect Sydney Sixers to win this match.
Sydney Sixers will win the match!