About the Match
Sydney Thunder will host the defending champions, Brisbane Heat on Jan 8 at Stadium Australia for their league match of the BBL series here. The tournament hasn’t been a smooth ride for both these teams and while Thunder has yet to open its account in the points tally, Heat has just 2 points from four matches played so far. Being at the bottom two positions, both sides are hungry for a win here and will do their best to come up with success here.
The Thunders have yet to find any success this season and against the Scorchers in the previous match, the batsmen started out well showing a lot of promise only to buckle under pressure later on. Dilshan and Hughes put up an opening stand of 38 runs and Hussey partnered with Morgan to post another 38 runs to the total; however, they couldn’t continue to build a strong innings and Morgan was run-out at 48, missing out his half-century by 2 runs. Floros put in immense efforts to take his team to a decent total and he scored 37 runs off 24 balls to finish up with a total of 157 runs. The bowlers got regular wickets, but didn’t put enough pressure on the opponents to restrict the run flow; while Sandhu, Nannes, Tremain and Feldman got a wicket each, they couldn’t stop the likes of Katich and Marsh from reaching the humble total. The team needs to quickly overcome its weaknesses and rise to the occasion if they want to keep their hopes alive here.
The Gabba saw Brisbane losing to the Sixers in the last encounter, which was very disappointing for the team especially after the efforts of Cameron Gannon who finished with a splendid figure of 4-24; along with Cutting’s 2 wickets, Vettori and Steketee’s 1 wicket each, the bowlers did very well to restrict the Sixers to 140 runs. However, the wicket of Kieswetter in the 15th over who fell to a superb catch by Silk turned the match against them. Pomersbach and Kiewswetter started strong, posting a quick 30 runs, but the Sixers got the better of their partnership and then Kieswetter put in great efforts to post a 63-run stand along with Lynn for the 4th wicket. Sabburg and Hopes tried to reach the target but in vain; Cutting’s massive six in the end was heroic but too late and they failed just 4 runs short of the target. The team needs to pull up its socks and try to regain its lost glory by winning matches from here on.
The Thunders remain without any points and this might be the right opportunity for them to bring some cheer to their home crowd; on the other hand Brisbane Heat is hungry for a win after their narrow loss in the previous game. Both teams will fight it out hard and though the match could go either way, Sydney Thunder looks well set to score a win here making use of its home advantage.
Sydney Thunder, 2.00 @ Bet365