The 49th match of the 2019-20 Big Bash League will be played between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The match starts at 06:10 PM local time (08:10 AM GMT) (01:40 PM IST). This match will be live on Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 3 HD. Live Streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
With the 2019-20 edition of the Big Bash League approaching the final stage, every single league stage match has its ramifications, and more so on Brisbane Heat, who find themselves precariously placed at the sixth spot after having lost three of their last five fixtures. They come into this game on the back of a ten-wicket shellacking at the hands of Adelaide Strikers.
It was followed by the worst collapse in BBL history where the Chris Lynn-led side lost its last seven wickets for as many runs to hand the defending champions Melbourne Renegades their second win of the tournament. They will now face Sydney Sixers, who are well placed at the second spot in the points table and are coming into this game after having broken the eight-match winning streak of Glenn Maxwell-led Melbourne Stars, and will look to further consolidate their position in the top-two as we approach the finals’ round.
Unfortunately, It is expected to be a day of scattered thunderstorms in Brisbane on Thursday. According to the weather report, consistent spells of a thunderstorm are set to lash Brisbane on Thursday. While the temperature is set to be between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius, the humidity is set to hover around 52%. Chances of rain- 60%.
The pitch at the Gabba has always been a true batting track which offers great value for stroke-making. At the same time, the pitch offers bounce which the fast bowlers generally enjoy. And, with rain forecasted for the entirety of Thursday, the moisture in the track may well help the fast bowlers to come to the party.
Average first innings score:– 143 [In the 4 completed games at the venue this season]
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability News
Marnus Labuschagne will make his first BBL appearance for the Brisbane Heat after he was named in the 13-man squad in place of Jack Prestwidge.
Sydney Sixers have also been bolstered by the addition of Steve Smith who has been named in the 13-man squad along Ben Manenti.
Probable Playing XIs
Chris Lynn (C), Sam Heazlett, AB de Villiers, Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns/Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (WK), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson
Bench – Mitchell Swepson, Matt Renshaw/Joe Burns
Josh Philippe (WK), Daniel Hughes, Steven Smith, James Vince, Moises Henriques (C), Jordan Silk, Tom Curran, Steven O’Keefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon
Bench – Mickey Edwards, Lloyd Pope, Ben Manenti
Brisbane Heat: The Heat has been bolstered by the addition of in-form Marnus Labuschagne and they will hope that their quartet of Chris Lynn, Sam Heazlett, AB de Villiers and Labuschagne himself can help them revive their batting fortunes in this all-important encounter. As far as bowling is concerned, Ben Laughlin, who claimed three wickets in the last game along with James Pattinson will be the key.
Sydney Sixers- The Sixers have been bolstered by the addition of Steven Smith. Alongside, ‘Smudge’, the likes of Moises Henriques [72 off 31 balls], James Vince [42*] and Josh Phillippe will be the key. As far as bowling is concerned, the duo of Ben Dwarshuis and Tom Curran played a key role in defending the total against Melbourne Stars. These players should be picked in the Dream11 Fantasy side.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Chris Lynn, Steve Smith, AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques
Vice-Captain – Marnus Labuschagne, Sam Heazlett, Joe Burns, Josh Phillippe
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Josh Phillippe
Batters – Steven Smith, Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers (C), Sam Heazlett
All-Rounders- Moises Henriques (VC), Marnus Labuschagne, Tom Curran
Bowler- Ben Dwarshius, Josh Lalor, Ben Laughlin
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Josh Phillippe (VC)
Batters – Steven Smith, Daniel Hughes, Chris Lynn (C), James Vince, AB de Villiers
All-Rounders- Ben Cutting, Marnus Labuschagne
Bowler- Ben Dwarshuis, James Pattinson, Ben Laughlin
Both sides have got power-packed batting line-ups including the likes of Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Steven Smith, James Vince, Marnus Labuschagne to name a few. Hence, opting for them as captain/vice-captain is a prudent punt.
Sydney Sixers are expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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