After a four-day break, the Big Bash League is set to resume its illustrious journey. This break would have been a welcome change from a packed schedule for some teams, but it could also have been a break in momentum for others. Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder were both struggling in the competition before the break, and both will be looking to improve their fortunes in the coming weeks.
To mark the tournament’s return from the break, the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder will face off in an important match. Both sides will be desperate to get into the thick of things and will most likely come out with all guns blazing. A fantastic contest is undoubtedly on the cards.
The match will take place on December 19, 2021, at the Gabba in Brisbane.
Match Details to Note
Match: Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder, 14th Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 19, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 2:10 PM IST
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder Team Previews
The Brisbane Heat is ranked seventh on the ladder, with four points earned from one win in three games. One thing that works in their favour is that, despite losing the majority of their matches, their net run rate is still a manageable -0.061. A win in this match would likely bring their net run rate into the positives, though it isn’t that important right now.
After losing to the Sydney Thunder and Perth Scorchers in consecutive matches, the Brisbane Heat finally came into their own, defeating the Melbourne Renegades by a healthy margin of five wickets with 19 balls to spare. Bowling first on a good wicket, their bowlers contributed flawlessly, limiting Renegades to 140 after they got off to a fast start. They appeared to be in trouble at one point during their chase, but a composed and responsible innings from Sam Heazlett saw them home with plenty of time to spare.
The Brisbane Heat’s main strength is their swashbuckling top-order, which includes Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, and Ben Duckett. They do bat deep, with Jimmy Peirson and James Bazley available, which could be a factor in crunch situations. On the bowling front, the Brisbane Heat have a well-balanced unit that is coming off a strong performance. With the exception of Xavier Bartlett, all of their bowlers performed admirably against the Renegades and should be filled with confidence as a bowling unit.
Brisbane Heat had a similar start in the previous edition and went on to do exceptionally well in the competition. With a recent victory, they appear to be on a similar trajectory, and if their experienced players can play to their full potential, Brisbane Heat has all the resources to be a dominant force not only in the upcoming game, but throughout the tournament.
Brisbane Heat Squad
Tom Abell (England), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett (England), Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Chris Lynn, Michael Neser, Jimmy Pierson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Willans
Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Tom Abell, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie
Sydney Thunder are sixth on the points table, one spot ahead of Brisbane Heat, but that could all change if they perform well in this upcoming match. Thunder will most likely move up to third place if they win, while a loss would move Brisbane Heat above them on the ladder. Thunder currently has five points on the board and a net run rate of -0.122.
Sydney Thunder has arguably struggled to score quickly in all three matches played so far. It was the same in their previous match, when they were limited to 151 after batting first on a rather flat deck. They would have struggled to reach three figures if it hadn’t been for Alex Ross’s fantastic 77-run knock. On the bowling front, however, Sydney Thunder has done well, with their performance in the most recent match being an exception.
On paper, the Sydney Thunder has a solid lineup, but the majority of their batting power is concentrated in the middle order. Sam Whiteman and Matthew Gilkes, for example, are both in their early twenties. That adds a little extra pressure on Alex Hales to not only get Thunder off to a fast start, but also to avoid losing too many wickets early in their innings. However, in their middle order, Sam Billings, Alex, Ross, Daniel Sams, and Ben Cutting provide much-needed comfort, which can be critical if things get tight. Sydney Thunder’s bowling appears to have settled, with Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha, Ben Cutting, and Nathan McAndrew performing admirably.
Overall, the Thunder may be concerned about the concentration of firepower in the middle, but if their youngsters can deliver well at the top, Sydney Thunder will be well and truly in business.
Sydney Thunder Squad
Sam Billings (England), Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales (England), Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Saqib Mahmood (England), Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Predicted XI: Alex Hales, Sam Whiteman, Matthew Gilkes, Sam Billings (wk), Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Tanveer Sangha
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder Toss Prediction
Chasing teams have won three of the last four matches on this wicket, and both captains will look to bowl first due to early moisture beneath the track.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Gabba is a fiery pitch with good pace and carry for pace bowlers in particular. On this surface, batters may try to play through the line. In this match, we can expect a good bat-and-ball battle with average scores of 160-180 runs.
Forecasters predict that Brisbane will have bright and sunny weather on match day, with only a 10% chance of rain. Rain delays are to be expected in this game.
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder Match Prediction
After a strong start, the Sydney Thunder was unable to maintain their momentum, but they will be revitalised after the break and ready to play again in this match. Their bowling attack has lacked the firepower to consistently take wickets. The Brisbane Heat ended their losing streak last night and will be thrilled to play on their home turf in this match. They have a strong bowling attack, but their batters must consistently stand at the top to score big runs. However, we believe Sydney Thunder will win this game.
Sydney Thunder is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.72.
- So far, Sydney Thunder has 5 points from three games, with one win and two losses.
- Brisbane Heat has 4 points from 3 games, with a single victory in the first three encounters.
- The Sydney Thunder defeated the Brisbane Heat in their first meeting of the season.