Big Bash League Predictions 2019: Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat
January 6, 2020
Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney
The 25th match of Big Bash League 2019-20 will see Sydney Thunder host struggling Brisbane Heat at the Showground Stadium on Monday.
This match will be pivotal for not just these two teams but also the entire league as a Sydney Thunder win could create a big enough gap between the top and bottom halves of the points table.
Thunders are coming on the back of a 3-wicket loss against Melbourne Stars.
Brisbane Heat, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a resounding 31-run win over Hobart Hurricanes. After floundering against Perth Scorchers, Heat’s batters came to the party this time with Max Bryant and Chris Lynn playing at their explosive best.
Sydney Thunder performance in Big Bash League:
A number of batsmen have stood up for Sydney Thunder in different matches but Callum Ferguson has been the stand-out performer until now. The experienced batter has notched up 248 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 141.71. Even though the batters have to take the bulk of the responsibility, Thunder would also hope that the duo of Chris Morris and Daniel Sams find their touch with the bat soon enough.
With the ball though, the duo has been terrific to pick up a combined 20 wickets for their team until now. Given that Sams’s bowls with the new ball while Morris is invaluable during the death overs, the two have also provided apt options for skipper Callum Ferguson at different junctures of an inning.
Apart from these two, Arjun Nair and Chris Green have complemented the Pacers very well with their miserly economy rate.
Brisbane Heat performance in Big Bash League:
As usual, the success of Brisbane Heat depends heavily on their batting line-up. While Tom Banton has flattered to deceive after one scintillating knock, two other important cogs in the form of Max Bryant and Chris Lynn hit the right notes against Hobart Hurricanes.
The one player who surprised everyone with this T20 gameplay has been the southpaw Matt Renshaw. With 156 runs at a strike-rate of 136.84, Renshaw has combined consistency with quick-scoring while batting at No.4.
Bowling wise, the likes of Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan, and Josh Lalor have all tended to depend on big scores. This is why Brisbane Heat will be worried about the team’s ability to be penetrative while bowling first or defending a low total.
If Australia releases Mitch Swepson from the Test squad, Heat’s bowling might look like a much better one.
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Predicted line-up:
Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson, Matthew Gilkes, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Arjun Nair, Brendan Doggett, Nathan McAndrew
Tom Banton, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Matt Renshaw, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson, Mark Steketee, Josh Lalor, Jack Prestwidge, Zahir Khan, Ben Laughlin
Pitch Report for today's BBL:
It will be the second off five games to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney during Big Bash League 2019-20.
During the first game played at the venue, Melbourne Stars won the game by 3-wicket, chasing a target of 143.
All the five games played at the venue during last season were won by the team defending the total.
164 was the average first innings score in those 5 games.
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat: Today's Match Prediction
- Callum Ferguson has scored 248 runs in 6 innings at an average of 62 and is 3rd in the Big Bash League leading run-scorers chart.
- Chris Lynn has scored 211 runs in 5 innings at an average of 52.75 and is leading the batting chart for Brisbane Heat so far this season.
- Daniel Sams is leading the Big Bash 2019-20 bowling chart. He has picked 12 wickets in 6 innings at an average of 13.50.
- Chris Lynn has scored 15 sixes in 5 innings and is currently leading the maximum’s chart, Mitchell Marsh is 2nd with 10 sixes in 6 games.
- Brisbane Heat have been dominating the head to head clashes between the two teams with 7-2.