The 24th match of the Big Bash League will be played between two sides that have experienced contrasting fortunes. The second-placed Sydney Sixers will take on the seventh-placed Brisbane Heat side on January 2nd, 2021.
The Sydney Sixers side has managed to hold their nerve in two of their previous games. While in the match against the Melbourne Stars, it was skipper Daniel Hughes who stole the Thunder with lightning-quick innings of 96 off just 51 deliveries, in the game against the Renegades, it was wicket-keeper Josh Phillipe and Jason Holder that saw the side home.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat has struggled to get going in the competition. Heat has also lost skipper Chris Lynn, who injured his hamstring and will not be available for at least the next two games. The Brisbane side has managed to win just a solitary game this season. In their previous encounter against the Hobart Hurricanes, they lost a humdinger of a clash by one run. They will desperately be looking to get back to winning ways in the game against the Sixers.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at The Gabba, in Brisbane, is one that has something in it for both the batsmen and the bowlers. While the batsmen can get value for their shots, the pitch can also keep the bowlers interested if they can hit the right areas.
Average first innings score
The average first innings score in the three completed matches at The Gabba has been 149.
Record of chasing teams
The sides chasing at The Gabba in the Big Bash League this season have lost 2 out of the 3 games.
Brisbane Heat XI:
Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Jack Wildermuth, Tom Cooper, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson(c and wk), James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mark Steketee
Bench: Joe Denly, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin, Jack Sinfield, Connor Sully, Jack Wood, Lachy Pfeffer, Simon Milenko
Sydney Sixers XI:
Josh Philippe, Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes(c), Daniel Christian, Jordan Silk, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Dwarshius, Ben Maneti, Steve OKeefe.
Bench: Justin Avendano, Nicholas Bertus, Thomas Rogers, Mickey Edwards, Nick Bertus
Probable Top Performers
Mujeeb Ur Rahman- Brisbane Heat
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was outstanding in the last game that the Brisbane Heat played. The Afghan spinner scalped 5 wickets giving away just 15 runs. Also, in the four matches that he has played, Mujeeb has an excellent economy rate of just 5.94.
Mujeeb also averages an excellent 13.57 with the ball in the tournament, and his strike rate too, is just 13.70. If Mujeeb can spin a web around the Sydney batsmen tomorrow, the Brisbane Heat will fancy their chances of beating the second-placed side in the tournament.
Josh Philippe- Sydney Sixers
In a tense finish against the Melbourne Renegades side, it was Josh Philippe who scored a blistering 48 at the top of the order. The wicketkeeper has been in good form through the tournament and is currently the eighth highest run-getter in the Big Bash League this season. Philippe has scored 172 runs so far at an average of 34.40. He has also scored his runs at a strike rate of 142.14.
With him striking form in the last game, the Brisbane side should be wary of his blitzkrieg at the top of the order.
Match Timings: 07:45 PM Local Time, 02:45 PM IST
Tv: Sony Pictures Network
Live Streaming: Sony Liv
Prediction: The prediction is for Sydney Sixers to win the match
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