Sydney Sixers, once having won four games in a row, were at the peak of their powers in the 2020-21 edition of the BBL. But after losing to the Perth Scorchers by 86 runs, being bowled out for a paltry 97, Daniel Hughes and Co should be a tad low in confidence.
Their next match is against the Brisbane Heat, captained by Chris Lynn, and are slowly but surely climbing up the points table. However, the game will be played at the Carrara Oval in Queensland- a venue where the Sixers have won all their three matches until now.
The Sixers are placed at the second position in the table with 21 points from eight matches. Another victory will do them a world of good in terms of qualifying for the next round. The Heat, on the other hand, will enter the top four if they manage to secure a win.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Carrara Oval has been a belter for batting. The team, batting first should be able to get above the 170-run mark to have any chance of winning the match. Chasing should be the way forward.
Bowlers will have their task cut out going into the next game. The temperature will be around 24 degrees Celsius and the conditions will be sunny. The humidity will be in the low-60s.
Average first-innings score
176 (4 unaffected T20 matches)
Record of the chasing teams
Won – 3; Lost – 1
Playing Combinations for SIX vs HEA
Josh Philippe (WK), Jack Edwards, James Vince, Daniel Hughes (C), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Steve O’Keefe, Jackson Bird, Jake Ball, Lloyd Pope
Bench– Ben Manenti, Justin Avendano, Nicholas Bertus, Hayden Kerr, Thomas Rogers, Gurinder Sandhu, Ben Dwarshuis
Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (C), Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Pierson (WK), James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Bench– Ben Laughlin, Lachlan Pfeffer, Tom Cooper, Sam Haezlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Simon Milenko, Jack Wood
Probable Top Performers for SIX vs HEA
Josh Philippe– Sydney Sixers
Josh Philippe couldn’t get going in the previous game, but the fact that he is the leading run-scorer for the Sixers can’t be ignored by any means. In eight matches, the right-hander has notched 266 runs at an average and strike-rate of 33.25 and 142.24 respectively.
But barring a knock of 95, he hasn’t gotten a half-century and the youngster will be looking to add to his tally of fifties in the tournament.
Chris Lynn– Brisbane Heat
Chris Lynn missed a few games due to injury, but he has found his way back into the Heat’s squad. In four matches, the right-hander has 167 runs at an average and strike-rate of 41.75 and 162.13 respectively.
In the last three matches, he had scores of 69, 30 and 48. The knocks should keep the Queenslander in good stead as the Heat look to extend their winning streak in the T20 tournament.
Match timings – 06:15 PM local time, 01:45 PM IST
TV – Sony Ten Network
Live Streaming – Sony LIV
The prediction is for Sydney Sixers to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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