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Sydney Sixers were beaten very easily by the Melbourne Renegades in their previous match while a power failure saved Brisbane Heat from certain defeat in its previous match. Both the sides are right next to each other on the BBL League table and will be keen to win this match.
A couple of players will be leaving the Big Bash League for international duties while some others will join after being released from the squad.
The Sydney Sixers have won four out of their nine matches while Brisbane Heat has won three out of its eight. Neither side has been very convincing in its efforts so far and both need to improve in many areas.
The Sydney Sixers would have been very disappointed with the pitch that was served up for its match against the Melbourne Renegades. It was a slow pitch that turned from the beginning and made run-scoring very difficult. The toss becomes very important in such a situation and the side batting side has a clear advantage.
The Sydney Sixers batted first and were trying to get to a total that was probably not realistic. As a result, its batting collapsed and the bowlers never had a chance defending a small total. It is difficult to imagine that the pitch is going to change too much in the matter of a few days.
This means that the Sydney Sixers will have to recalibrate their expectations if they are batting first. A few changes to the batting saw Jack Edwards back to open the batting with Daniel Hughes. Edwards has not been able to repay the faith that the Sydney Sixers have shown in him and the pressure must be increasing on the young man’s shoulders.
The best batsmen for the Sydney Sixers have been Daniel Hughes and Jordan Silk. Hughes is very good while opening the batting and can set the tone for his side. He is going to have a very big role to play against Brisbane Heat.
Jordan Silk bats in the middle order and has answered his team’s call whenever the opportunity has arisen. Moises Henriques, the best batsman in the Sydney Sixers side, has been having a quiet BBL so far. If he can get into some run-scoring form and get back to his best then the Sydney Sixers have a chance.
The bowling for the Sydney Sixers has been quite good and the performance of the previous match cannot really be taken into consideration. Steve O’Keefe should enjoy the help that the Sydney Pitch offers while Tom Curran should be effective with his cutters as well.
We saw that the Sydney Sixers bowlers tried to hit the pitch in the previous match and hope for some inconsistency. That may have been trying too hard and we feel they would have got more wickets had they just stuck to their original plans. The surface was always going to help the bowlers, no matter what.
The Sydney Sixers have played at the SCG just a few days ago and that experience could be a big advantage for them in this match.
Jack Edwards, Daniel Hughes, J Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Josh Philippe, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, B Dwarshuis, Steve O'Keefe, Lloyd Pope.
Brisbane Heat escaped a near-certain defeat thanks to a power failure. The Brisbane Heat bowers were smashed all around the park by Shane Watson and then the side lost some early wickets as well. Had another two overs been bowled, the match would have been awarded to Sydney Thunder.
The difference between the pitch at the Gabba and what we saw at the SCG was chalk and cheese. The challenge ahead of the Brisbane heat players is going to be able to adapt to the change in conditions.
Their batsmen love to hit through the line and make the most of the powerplay. This is something that may not be possible in this match and will require a change in approach. If Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, and Chris Lynn can take a little bit more time to get set then they can score freely towards the end of the inning.
These three batsmen have the power and skill to make up for any dot balls that they may face.
Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw have left Brisbane Heat for the matches against Sri Lanka and so two other players will get their chance. Alex Ross and Jack Prestwidge were in the playing eleven in the previous match and since they did not get a chance to bat, we assume they will be in the playing eleven for the next match as well.
There is plenty of batting depth in the side provided they take the time to read the conditions. The bowling attack of Josh Lalor, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Brendon Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, and Ben Cutting can be effective on any surface.
Someone like Mujeeb can be a real handful if the surface is anything like what we saw in the previous match.
Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The side winning the toss is likely to want to field first
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The BBL 08 match between Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The surface in Sydney for the previous match was very slow, took a lot of turn, and made run-scoring very difficult.
A score of 140 was a winning total on that pitch. For this match, we expect something similar but perhaps a little better.
The Sydney Sixers will have learned from their experience in the previous match and that could prove to be the difference between the sides. We think both sides are pretty evenly matched when it comes to the bowling but Brisbane heat has the better batting for sure. If the pitch starts to turn then that advantage is negated.
Back Sydney Sixers to win.
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