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Sydney Sixers vs. Brisbane Heat: Can Sixers Resists the Heated Brisbane? || Big Bash League 2020-21

Big Bash League 2020-21 Match 35

Sydney Sixers vs. Brisbane Heat Match Prediction – Sun, 10th January

Sixers Surviving with Concerns:

The defending winners Sydney Sixers have been justly remarkable in Big Bash League 2020-21 and have five victories from eight matches. Despite not utilizing the services of Sean Abbott and Moises Henriques, the Sixers have managed well, with Josh Philippe prominently leading the way with the bat. With their middle order also contributing with valuable offerings, the Sixers look on a path for another prosperous campaign. Their recent form, nevertheless, isn’t too great. 

After an excellent start to the campaign that involved a couple of suspenseful wins, the Sixers find they cannot permanently have things their way and have now been defeated two times in four matches. A Top 4 finish would be mere conventionalism but what they need is to seal a Top 2 finish, of course.

They were unsuccessful in chasing down 184; however, the real concern for them ahead of the upcoming games is how the Scorchers managed to reach 183. The Sixers will be well aware of their shortcomings with the bowling line-up. The bowlers have been leaky after impressive starts and lack consistency in bowling towards the death overs. 

The inclusion of Jake Ball on Jason Holder’s exit hasn’t quite been impactful for the franchise either. Still, they’re very much on the path, and a win in this game would significantly increase their chances of top two places.

Possible playing XI: Josh Philippe (WK), Daniel Hughes (C), Daniel Christian, Jack Edwards, James Vince, Carlos Brathwaite, Lloyd Pope, Jordan Silk, Ben Dwarshuis, Jake Ball and Steve O’Keefe.

Hat trick Heat:

Brisbane Heat, temporarily, are on a run of three successive wins with Chris Lynn and the bowlers producing the goods steadily. With the inclusion of Joe Denly in the batting order, the Heat look challenging. Their depth in either department is fearsome, and with the home backing playing into their favour, the Heat will fancy chances of another victory in the BBL 2020-21.

Fair play to the Heat. It would have been easy to regret the fact that Tom Banton did not come over, that Chris Lynn found himself injured, that they lost a match by two runs or that they’re now about to miss their finest bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahmanto international responsibility.

But they just carry on with it and have now won on a trot. There’s very little in terms of talent and skill beyond Chris Lynn and Afghani spinner Mujeeb but different players have made assistances here and there when it counted. Mark Steketee with ball and Max Bryant with bat have done their best to keep the Heat’s season alive.

Possible playing XI: Chris Lynn (C), Max Bryant, James Bazley, James Peirson (WK), Jack Wildermuth, Xavier Bartlett, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee and Mujeeb ur Rehman.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

Match 35 of the ongoing Big Bash League 2020-21 has the Sydney Sixers playing against the in-form Brisbane Heat at the Carrara Oval on 10th January Sunday.

A good batting wicket is on offer at the Carrara Oval with sufficient help accessible for the bowlers. While the speedsters should get considerable extra bounce and swing early on, the wicket should slow down comprehensively as the game progresses.

This should bring the spin bowlers into the play, who will have a say in the game’s result. As for the batters, they will need to get stable before striking big in the middle overs. We reckon either side will look to chase upon winning the toss, with 170 being a modest total at this ground.

Brisbane look Strong and Sturdy:

More than half of the league stage is already over. Things are blowing hot and cold. If the Sixers win, they can potentially move to the top spot. Whereas if Brisbane Heat wins this game, they stand a chance to enter the top three.

Owing to the recent form, one might argue that Sixers should be shorter favourites than inferred by odds of 1.80. However, it is worth remarking that Heat contentedly beat the current table-toppers Sydney Thunder a few days ago and have a reinforced roster from which to choose. With three wins, it’s Brisbane Heat who have superior confidence and momentum at the moment. Thus it shall be a comfortable bet on Heat at 2.05.

Jack a Trade for all? or Dan to get the nod?

Jack Edwards was included in the squad concerning to the injury of former Captain Moises Henriques. He should consider himself lucky to be back by the franchise regardless of the low strike rate. He has played all eight games but hasn’t justified his selection to the fullest. He has gotten small starts but has failed to convert them into big knocks. We reckon he will be eager to step onto the field and go big at the price of 5.50.

Be it, Daniel Hughes or Dan Christian. Either of the Dan can be picked as your bets. They have contributed worthy of praise. They bat at times to have enough to go big. And with a couple of low scores recently, they could be due for a game-changing knock.