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Toss Winner - Brisbane Heat Women won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sydney Thunder Women beat Brisbane Heat Women by 50 runs
The two top-placed sides of the season will take on each other in this mouth-watering clash.
Sydney Thunder Women
Tournament: WOMENS BIG BASH LEAGUE 2020 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney | Toss: To BowlBet Now
After a frustrating start to the tournament, where rain hampered their first two games, Sydney Thunder Women announced themselves in the Women’s Big Bash League 2020 with a solid win over Adelaide Strikers Women. They are at the top of the table now and will take on defending champions Brisbane Heat Women in their next clash on the 1st of November at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Brisbane Heat Women are at the 2nd position in the points table and are looking in good shape too. Thus, we could be in for a mouth-watering clash where the top two teams of the season will be looking to dismantle each other.
After two abandoned games, Sydney Thunder Women showed why they are the team to beat in the tournament with a comprehensive 58-run win against Adelaide Strikers Women. They are now at the top of the table and looking every bit as dangerous as they did at the start. In the last match, Heather Knight’s sensational 83 off 39 balls powered the team to a dominant 190 in their 20 overs. A rampaging Knight in the middle-order makes Thunder look like such a dangerous side. They also have Tammy Beaumont, Rachel Trenaman, and skipper Rachael Haynes to bank on and these four will pose a great threat to Brisbane Heat Women’s bowlers.
On the bowling front too, Sydney Thunder has most bases covered. The experience of Shabnim Ismail along with Samantha Bates at the start is so precious for the team. Then there is Sammy-Jo Johnson and Lauren Smith. All these four bowlers are looking in a great rhythm and will be useful on a pitch that is likely to help batters.
Rachel Trenaman, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Rachael Haynes (c), Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia Wilson (wk), Hannah Darlington, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Lauren Smith, Samantha Bates, Shabnim Ismail
Defending champions Brisbane Heat Women will be frustrated that their last match against Hobart Hurricanes Women was abandoned due to rain. They had put on 80-2 in 11 overs and were looking to restrict the opposition. Another victory would have taken them to the top of the table. Nevertheless, Brisbane has a lot to be happy about. They are unbeaten in the season so far and have looked in a really good rhythm.
Brisbane’s top order is in terrific touch - Maddy Green, Georgia Redmayne, and captain Jess Jonassen have been among the runs and would be looking to put up another good show in this game. With Grace Harris and Laura Harris to follow, their batting side looks pretty settled and solid right now.
As for their bowling department, Brisbane has the likes of Georgia Prestwidge, Nicola Hancock, Grace Harris, and captain Kerr to bank on. However, the pitch here could be batting-friendly and that would be challenging to this bowling lineup. Prestwidge and Hancock could be game-changers with the ball given how good they have looked so far.
Maddy Green, Georgia Redmayne (wk), Jess Jonassen (c), Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Amelia Kerr, Mikayla Hinkley, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Prestwidge, Nadine de Klerk, Nicola Hancock
The pitch at the Sydney Showground Stadium has proven to be a great one for batting thus far. The ball is coming on nicely and stays true throughout the 40 overs. Bowlers who can get some seam movement or extract extra bounce will excel here.
There is an 80 % chance of rain in Sydney on the 1st of November and hence we might have another rain-curtailed game on our hands, unfortunately.
Batters have really thrived at the Sydney Showground Stadium this season. We saw a total of 190 being posted here by Sydney Thunder Women. Even in the abandoned match between Brisbane Heat Women and Hobart Hurricanes Women, both the teams were going at a great run-rate before rain spoiled the party. Expect another high-scoring encounter and a team batting first could post a total of around 180.
The team winning the toss might be tempted to bat first as the pitch has been supporting the batters here. However, with rain on the radar, chasing would be the better option.
There has been an interesting rivalry between Sydney Thunder Women and Brisbane Heat Women. In the last 5 matches between the two sides, Sydney has lost thrice while winning two matches. Brisbane Heat, who has won two back-to-back titles, should ideally be favorites for this encounter. However, with Sydney Thunder having such a strong batting lineup, it might be difficult to stop them.
Brisbane Heat Women are a good all-round side too and will surely be going all out. But Sydney Thunder is looking on a different level presently and are favorites for this clash. Expect their batters to make merry again and clinch another win for their side.
Sydney Thunder Women
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