2019-20 Big Bash League – Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat taking place? Monday 6th January, 2020 – 08:10 (UK)

Where is Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat taking place? Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat? 22c with showers in the morning that should not affect play

What television channel is Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat on in the UK? BT Sport have the rights to BBL09 matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat in the UK? If televised, BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat? Visit the official BBL website for ticket information

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Sydney Thunder beat Brisbane Heat by 29 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY THUNDER

  • Sydney Thunder come into this game following a defeat to leaders Melbourne Stars last time out by three wickets as that was one of the rare matches where their top three batsmen failed to fire combining for just 20 runs in their total of 142/7 batting first.
  • Ferguson, Hales and Khawaja have combined for all six of their fifties scored so far and they will rely heavily on them once again here against the high-scoring Heat side, while they need more from all-rounder Chris Morris with the bat as he has only managed nine runs from his first three innings.
  • Tanveer Sangha is with Australia’s under-19 team so they have brought spinner Liam Bowe into the squad while they are finally able to count upon seam bowler Gurinder Sandhu as he has recovered from a calf injury sustained in the Sheffield Shield so one of those incoming plays will start.

BRISBANE HEAT

  • Brisbane Heat picked up a much-needed win last time out as they bounced back nicely from the debacle of being bowled out for 109 by smashing 212/3 against Hobart Hurricanes and ultimately won by 31 runs thanks to Chris Lynn’s unbeaten 88 and Max Bryant’s 65.
  • The Heat are boosted by the return of spinner Mitch Swepson who was released by Cricket Australia after failing to make the 12 named to face New Zealand in the second Test so his inclusion is a big lift for them as he has been in good form.
  • They are without Sam Heazlett once again as he continues to recover from the illness that saw him hospitalised but their batsmen were in outstanding form last time out and they have all their key men available.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Thunder welcome Brisbane Heat keen to get the win and maintain their place in the top four and keep the Heat at bay behind them. They were not at their best last time out against the Stars but they arguably have the better balanced team compared to the Heat whose only two wins have come when their batting department have produced the goods and scored heavily. Their only real chance of winning matches appears to be in high-scoring shootouts when Lynn and company blast the opponents out of sight. That will not be easy against the Thunder who do not have the best bowling attack in the tournament but are well balanced, and their top three batsmen are capable of matching the Heat’s. The Thunder’s better bowling attack just gives them the edge here and the fact they have already beaten them once only supports that.

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