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It's all happening in Big Bash League. Never ever have we seen a match in cricket being delayed by poor air quality and it's happening in the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League. At the time of writing, the match between Sydney Thunder and Adeliade Strikers was delayed and was likely to be called off. The other team from Sydney, the Sixers, are set to take on Brisbane Heat on Sunday, 22nd December at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney. A win for Sixers in the upcoming contest could very well take them to the top-spot on the ladder and that is what they will be aiming for. Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, will be striving to get their first win of the tournament.
The Sixers lit up the stage with an all-around effort in their previous match as they thrashed Perth Scorchers in a one-sided contest at SCG. This was their first win in the tournament, coming after a poor show against Hobart Hurricanes. With the win, they rose to the fourth spot on the points table.
It was a day to remember for Josh Philippe as he smashed an unbeaten 81 off just 44 deliveries to take Sixers to a win with five overs to spare. While the likes of Daniel Hughes, James Vince, and Moises Henriques contributed with brief cameos, they, more or less, all played the role of a specatator as Philippe went about his business. His innings included eleven four and three sixes.
While it was the innings of Philippe that deflated the morale of the Scorchers, it was the disciplined effort that set the match up for the Sixers. The Scorchers' batsmen struggled to pick up singles on a slow outfield of Sydney. Tom Curran, who returned with the figures of 3 for 32 in his four overs, was the pick of Sixers' bowlers.
Up until the two matches gone so far, Sixers have done exceedingly well in the bowling department. However, their batting has looked a little too over-reliant on Josh Phillipe, albeit not on paper. Sixers will be looking for contributions from the rest of their batsmen, and if the likes of Vince, Henriques, and Hughes play to their potential, Sixers would be a tough unit to beat.
Daniel Hughes, Josh Philippe, J Vince, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, B Dwarshuis, Benjamin Manenti, Lloyd Pope.
Brisbane Heat will be ruing their defeat against the Stars. They got themselves into a pretty good positions, in both halves of the game, before they allowed the game to slide from their grip. Brisbane Heat are currently placed at the second spot from the bottom and may very well end up at the bottom if the Scorchers manage to register a win over Renegades in their ongoing match.
It all looked too easy for Brisbane Heat halfway through their chase when Tom Banton was hitting sixes with considerable ease. However, the dismissal of Banton turned the match on its head as noe one except Matt Renshaw was able to stand up against quality bowling of Melbourne Stars. They slid from a total of 70 for 1 to 148 all-out as they lost the match by 22 runs.
Earlier with the ball, Brisbane Heat displayed a brilliant effort before the performances by their bowlers was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell's spectacular knock. Brisbane Heat found themselves in a pretty good position with Stars struggling at 118 for 6 before Glenn Maxwell unleashed himself and took Stars' total to 167.
Overall, the bottom of the table position doesn't really justify how the Heat have played in the tournament so far. Their remarkable team effort with the ball was overshadowed by Glenn Maxwell's brilliance before Heat's batsmen failed to capitalize on the start provided by Tom Banton. Brisbane Heat appear to be a decent unit on paper and if they are able to perform to their potential in the upcoming encounter, the Sixers will have their work cut out.
Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson, Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan.
Although these are still early days in the tournament and teams can bounce back even after a poor start, Brisbane Heat would want to put points on the board as soon as possible. They did reasonably well against Stars before their batting collapsed like a pack of cards. Sixes, on the other hand, did exceptionally well against Perth Scorchers, but their batting didn't inspire confidence in their match against the Hurricanes. Both the sides shown signs on inconsistency with the bat and batting would be the deciding factor in the this upcoming game. Brisbane Heat, with the likes of Banton, Lynn, and have a better-balanced as well as more experienced lineup, and are, therefore, our pick to emerge as winners on Sunday.
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