Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder: It was a strong comeback for Brisbane Heat against Renegades with whom they lost at home in their previous match. After the below-par performance during the initial stages of the tournament, Brisbane Heat displayed quality cricket in all the departments in their last win. They have to stay consistent and do their basics right to stay alive in the competition.
After winning the first 03 matches in a row, Sydney Thunder have certainly lost their way in the middle stage. They have won only 01 out of the next 05 matches. As their last match was a clinical win against Adelaide Strikers, they’d like to continue the momentum. A win here will help them retain the second place on the points table.
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Date: January 17, 2019
Kick-Off: 01:45 PM, IST
AVERAGE SCORES AT THE GABBA
1st Innings: 179.30
2nd Innings: 168.20
08 matches are being played, with Heat winning 7 and Thunder managing only 1 and at The Gabba 03 matches are played between them with Brisbane Heat winning all of them.
Brisbane Heat has one of the strongest batting lineups in the Big Bash League which got displayed during their last match against Renegades. Chris Lynn got the combination right and would be hoping to win the next game with the same combination.
Anton Devcich who replaced Jos Buttler at top played his role by giving a good start in the match against Strikers. The pace bowling options of Sydney Thunder have been a bit erratic. They are up against a very strong batting side & they would like to make a couple of changes.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Brendon McCullum who looks unstoppable with the starts he has given in this tournament. With 66* in the last game, Chris Lynn looks in sublime form.
Brendan Doggett and Mitchell Swepson took 03 wickets each with less than 6 runs-per-over which led to a huge win against Renegades.
Arjun Nair bowled well in the last game and took 03 wickets with an impressive economy of 4.
Callum Ferguson may not have scored runs in the previous match but he is in pretty good form.
Shane Watson is only in form batsman for Sydney Thunder side and their team expects him to be consistent for the upcoming matches.
EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Chris Lynn (C), Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Ben Cutting, Matt Renshaw, JJ Peirson (Wk), MJ Swepson, JK Lalor, B Doggett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Alex Ross
Shane Watson (C), AP Devcich, C Ferguson, Jason Sangha, Gurinder Sandhu, AJ Nair, Fawad Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, CJ Jordan, Jay Lenton(Wk)
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