The Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat will kick off their BBL 2021-22 season at the Manuka Oval. Both teams have added a few new faces to their rosters and are eager to earn their first victory of the season. Both teams have met 13 times, and the Brisbane Heat has won 10 of those 13 games, demonstrating their dominance over the Sydney Thunder. Last season, the Brisbane Heat won both games against the Sydney Thunder by a wide margin.
Brisbane Heat have a powerful lineup that includes hitters like Chris Lynn – the highest scorer in BBL history – and Max Bryant, whereas Sydney Thunder have a good spin attack led by Chris Green and Tanveer Sangha to limit them. Both teams have T20 specialists in their squads, so expect a nail-biting match at Manuka Oval today.
The match will take place on December 6, 2021, at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat, 2nd Match, Big Bash League 2021-22
Date: December 06, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Team Previews
We believe Sydney Thunder could be one of the BBL’s dark horses this season. It has a fairly strong squad that includes some outstanding T20 players. In most matches, Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Sam Billings, Jason Sangha, and Ben Cutting should be able to provide the required runs.
We think Alex Hales is fantastic, and it’s a shame he isn’t getting more regular starts for England right now. Look for betting markets with Alex Hales in them and back him to score runs.
Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook, Tanveer Sangha, and Daniel Sams should also be included in the starting eleven. Sams is a fantastic T20 bowler with a penchant for wickets, and he is our pick for the Top Bowler Sydney Thunder betting market.
Sydney Thunder Squad
Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Sam Billings, Jason Sangha, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Usman Khawaja (c), Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook, Gurinder Sandhu, Baxter Holt, Nathan McAndrew, Arjun Nair, Tanveer Sangha, Sam Whiteman
Predicted XI: Usman Khawaja (c), Alex Hales, Sam Billings (wk), Jonathan Cook, Brendan Doggett, Ben Cutting, Chris Green, Saqib Mahmood, Jason Sangha, Chris Tremain, Tanveer Sangha
The bouncy conditions that the Brisbane Heat will face at the Manuka Oval may suit them. It may remind them of the Gabba in some ways. The large playing field should also help their power hitters. The obvious big name in this lineup is Chris Lynn, but we believe Tom Banton deserves a lot of attention as well.
If Lynn and Banton get going, they can win the game in the first six overs.
The Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, has struggled with consistency with the bat in the past, and we believe it will do so again this time. The bowling attack features two quality spinners in Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mitch Swepson, but there isn’t much else to look forward to.
Mujeeb ur Rahman is our pick to be Brisbane Heat’s highest wicket-taker in this match.
Brisbane Heat Squad
Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Chris Lynn, Ben Duckett, Tom Cooper, Jimmy Peirson (wk/c), Nathan McSweeney, Jack Wildermuth, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Xavier Bartlett, Liam Guthrie, Cameron Gannon, James Bazley
Predicted XI: Max Bryant, Chriss Lynn, Jimmy Peirson(c,wk), Marnus Labuschagne, James Bazley, Sam Heazlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson, Michael Neser, Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Toss Prediction
Manuka Oval’s pitch has provided equal benefits to both bowlers and batsmen. So far, the stadium has hosted two T20Is and numerous T20 domestic games. The team that bowled first won three of the last five matches played here, so the team that wins the toss will try to chase the target.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Manuka Oval’s surface is ideal for batting. Once they get their eye in, the batters can play their shots. To keep the scoring rate under control, the bowlers must be consistent with their lines and lengths.
On this surface, the team that wins the toss will look to chase. The team batting first will attempt to reach a total of 170 or higher. To get the batters to make a mistake, the bowlers must vary their pace wisely.
Both teams are expected to arrive at the venue in overcast conditions. Temperatures will likely range between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius.
Rain delays could derail what is expected to be an exciting day of cricket for both teams’ supporters.
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Match Prediction
We will bet on Sydney Thunder to win this game. We believe it has a better T20 team, with more batting depth and a stronger bowling attack. It is also more likely to be consistent in its performance.
Sydney Thunder is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.85.
- The Sydney Thunder has a slight advantage in the batting department thanks to Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja.
- The Brisbane Heat also has a strong batting lineup, but it is overly reliant on Chris Lynn.
- We prefer Sydney Thunder’s bowling attack to that of Brisbane Heat.