About the Match
Brisbane Heat with 2 points from 5 matches will host Sydney Sixers, who have 6 points from 5 matches in the upcoming league match on 11th Jan at the Gabba stadium, Brisbane. Sydney Sixers are in the 3rd position where as the hosts occupy the last position but will definitely try to make amends with a victory here. Brisbane lost its last match against Scorchers but will go in with confidence after 3 wins and will be eager to go back to their winning ways. Sydney Sixers lost their last game against the Stars in the super over and will try to do better here; the match will be very interesting to watch on Sunday as the two teams try to dominate the other keep their campaign alive.
The last match played by Sydney Sixers against Melbourne Stars resulted in a tie with the opponents winning the one-over eliminator; the 80 runs scored by MJ Lumb took the team to a stable position but the rest of the batsmen were unable to perform well though JC Silk provided support by scoring 37 runs. Silk continues to do well with the bat and has scored 101 runs in the last 4 innings at an average of 50 but the others need to step up and come out all guns blazing here. Bowlers Dwarshius, Bollinger and Brett Lee took wickets but couldn’t defend the 150 run total set by the batsmen. Against the Scorchers too the batsmen failed to chase down 136 runs though Henriques and Wessels had given a good fight in the middle. The team is well balanced and with the experience on their side, has every chance to win future matches.
Brisbane Heat lost their last match against the Perth Scorchers by 8 wickets after they had set a target of 134 runs; however as the bowlers struggled to contain the opponents, the Scorchers finished the game within 15.5 overs. There is plenty of work to be done by the Brisbane team if they want to win all the remaining matches and stay alive here; they have many all-rounders and experienced players like, James Hopes, Ben Cutting, Dan Christian and the top order batsmen like Peter Forrest, Lynn and Peirson, who have been doing well. Bowlers like Ryan Duffield will be the key players to fight back in the upcoming match but they would need good totals to defend. The weakness of this team is that there are very few specialist batsmen but they need to make the best use of resources, which includes wicket keeper Jimmy Pierson, who has smashed 132 runs in the last 5 matches at the strike rate of 150. Overall the team has the talent and necessary firepower to overcome any situation and win matches.
Both the teams have good players who can give their best and win matches for the team; the T20 format of the game is such that the situation can change any second thereby making it difficult to predict. However Sydney Sixers are strong contenders, who have a good mix of established batsman and bowlers and we feel that they will overcome the challenge from the hosts and keep their hopes alive.
Sydney Sixers, 1.72 @ Bet365