Big Bash League Today Match Prediction (BBL 2019): Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder
The Gabba, Brisbane
Big Bash League 2019-20 opener will see the strugglers from Big Bash 2018-19 take on each other on Tuesday. Brisbane Heat, who finished 5th in BBL 2018-19, will be up against Sydney Thunder, who finished 6th. Heat would like to add to their Big Bash League 2012-13 title winner while Sydney Thunder would like to add to their tally from BBL 2015-16.
Brisbane Heat’s performance in Big Bash League:
After a meagre season in BBL 2018-19, where they won just 6 of their 14 matches, Brisbane Heat would be keen to leave the mark early in the tournament. They have made some key changes in the squad for BBL 2019-20.
They have some of the world’s best stars in their camp in form of Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Joe Burns, and Matt Renshaw. Ben Cutting is a key all-rounder while Tom Banton is expected to keep the wicket. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson are likely to lead Brisbane Heat’s bowling unit.
Matt Renshaw and Tom Banton showed their intent before BBL with thumping centuries in Queensland’s Grade cricket (T20) a few days ago.
Sydney Thunder’s performance in Big Bash League:
Sydney Thunder also had a poor BBL 2018-19. They could manage to win just six out of fourteen matches but have made some changes in their squad to make amends. Callum Ferguson will lead Sydney Thunder.
Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales will be the key batsmen while Chris Green, Chris Morris and Daniel Sams are the key all-rounders. Jay Lanton is most likely to handle the Thunders’ wicket keeping duties. Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain and Jonathan Cook are the key bowlers of Sydney Thunder.
Chris Green has seen his stocks rise greatly in the last few years while playing domestic cricket.
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder Predicted line-up:
Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Max Bryant, AB de Villiers, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Tom Banton (wk), Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Jay Lanton (wk), Daniel Sams, Chris Morris, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Tremain, Jonathan Cook
Pitch Report for today's BBL match:
The 1st match of Big Bash League season 2019-20 is scheduled to be held at The Gabba, Brisbane. It is usually a high scoring venue and plenty of runs should be scored in this match as well.
The average first inning score on this venue is 166 runs and the average second inning score is 145 runs. 209 runs in 20 overs is the highest score on this venue.
Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder: Today's Match Prediction
- Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn the 2nd highest run scorer in BBL – 1945 runs – just 2 behind Michael Klinger, who retired last season and will be coaching Melbourne Renegades in the 2019-20 Big Bash League.
- Brisbane Heat’s Ben Laughlin is highest wicket taker – 95 – in BBL.
- Sydney Thunder’s Usman Khawaja has the highest average – 49.60 – of the Big Bash League.
- Chris Lynn has hit 123 sixes – the most in the Big Bash League.
- Brisbane Heat have beaten Sydney Thunder in 4 of the last 5 head to head games.
- Callum Ferguson scored 342 runs in BBL 2018-19.