BBL 2019-20: Match 49, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
Sixers' previous match against Melbourne Stars was a rain-marred affair where Moises Henriques and Co cruised to a 21-run victory.
by Ameya Author
Published - Jan 22, 2020 2:36 pm | Updated - Jan 22, 2020 2:36 pm
As the journey of BBL 2019-20 progresses into its business end, Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers lock horns in Match 49 of the competition.
Brisbane Heat have had a mediocre campaign so far this season. The Chris Lynn-led side has amassed 10 points by winning five out of eleven matches this season. Heat, who are currently poised sixth in the points table, will be eager to break into the top half of the list. In their previous match against Melbourne Renegades, Heat’s batting force was abysmal as they suffered a collapse while chasing down the target. Chasing a target of 165 runs, Chris Lynn and Co. was decimated by Renegades’ bowling force as they could gather only 120 runs on the board.
Apart from openers Sam Heazlett and Chris Lynn, who stitched 84-run partnership stand, no other batsman stayed in the middle for a prolonged period of time. Ben Laughlin scalped three wickets and emerged as the top performer among Heat’s bowling unit. He was also assisted by Ben Cutting, who scalped two vital wickets. Heat would be eager to retaliate and clinch crucial points against Sydney Sixers to move up the points table.
Sydney Sixers, on the other hand, have delivered impressive performances this season and are currently sitting second in the points table. Sixers have won seven out of 12 encounters so far this season and have gathered 15 points. Sixers’ previous match against Melbourne Stars was a rain-marred affair where Moises Henriques and Co cruised to a 21-run victory.
Skipper Henriques hogged the attention by smashing 92 runs off just 31 deliveries to steer his side to a competitive total of 143 runs. In reply, Melbourne Stars could only gather 125 runs on the board due to impressive bowling display from the Sixers’ bowling trio of Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Lyon and Tom Curran. Sixers will be aiming to consolidate their position by picking up a win against Heat.
Pitch and Conditions
In the three matches hosted by the Gabba this season, no team has touched the 200-run mark. Brisbane Heat will be aiming to reverse the batting debacle of their previous match on this wicket. The weather is expected to be mostly sunny with temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celcius, according to Accuweather. There are no chances of rain whatsoever to intervene in the match.
Brisbane Heat is equipped with many explosive batsmen in their batting arsenal. Along with Chris Lynn and AB de Villiers, Marnus Labuschagne’s addition will also bolster their batting line-up. Matt Renshaw and Ben Cutting has also delivered impressive performances this season. Josh Lalor, James Pattinson and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be steering Heat’s bowling attack.
Predicted XI: AB de Villiers, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Joe Burns/Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson
All eyes will be on skipper Moises Henriques to replicate the blistering knock of his last match. Philippe and Daniel Hughes will also be aiming to propel Sixers to an explosive start. Sixers’ bowling force will be steered by the likes of Tom Curran, Nathan Lyon and Ben Dwarshuis. Youngster Tom Curran has delivered stellar performances for Sixers this season and has picked up eight wickets in his last five matches. Moreover, the return of Steve Smith in the squad will bolster Sixers’ squad immensely.
Predicted XI: Moises Henriques (c), Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk/Steve Smith, Tom Curran, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve OKeefe, Justin Avendano, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird.
Probable Top Performers
AB de Villiers– Brisbane Heat | Moises Henriques – Sydney Sixers
TV– Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD
Online– Sony LIV
Match Timings – 1:40 PM IST; 7:10 PM local time
The prediction is for the Sydney Sixers to win the match.