On Monday (4th January) evening, Brisbane Heat will face Sydney Thunder at The Gabba (Brisbane) in the 28th match of the Big Bash League 2020/21 (BBL 10).
Both teams will play their seventh match of the ongoing BBL 10. In the latest BBL 10 points table, Heat are in the seventh position with 8 points and Thunder are in the second position with 19 points.
It will be their second meeting this season. On 14th December 2020, during the 7th match of the BBL 2020/21, they met for the first time this tournament. Sydney Thunder won that match by 4 wickets.
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 28: Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Match Preview
Out of their first six games in this tournament, Brisbane Heat have won twice, including last game, and suffered four defeats. However, the big news of this squad is that Chris Lynn has quickly recovered from the hamstring injury and he is now available in the Brisbane Heat squad. So, Lachy Pfeffer has left out this squad but he is practicing with the squad. He can be available in future as any injury replacement.
Apart from the skipper Chris Lynn, only Jimmy Peirson is the other batsman for Brisbane Heat side to score a half-century in this season. While Pierson has scored 138 runs in 6 matches, Max Bryant is their leading run-scorer this season with 164 runs in 6 games. Also, James Bazley has scored 85 runs in 3 innings, including one 49 not out.
While Mark Steketee has got 10 wickets, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Xavier Bartlett have picked up 9 and 7 wickets respectively. Also, Jack Wildermuth has bagged 6 wickets this season.
Despite the struggling start with three straight defeats, Brisbane Heat are now performing well as a team.
Monday’s game will also be special for Brisbane Heat at it will be their annual Teal Ribbon match. To help raise funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Australia, Heat players will wear teal ribbons during the match.
Latest full available squad
Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Joe Burns, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Sam Heazlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin, Chris Lynn (C), Jimmy Peirson, Simon Milenko, Jack Sinfield, Mark Steketee, Connor Sully, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jack Wildermuth, Jack Wood
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Lost, Lost, Won, Lost and Won
After starting this season with a defeat, Sydney Thunder have already managed five successive victories. This winning streak can be better if Thunder maintain this victory on Monday night.
While skipper Callum Ferguson has scored three half-centuries this season, he has scored 208 runs in 6 innings. Also, Alex Hales and Usman Khawaja have scored 197 and 164 runs respectively. Meanwhile, Hales and Daniel Sams have managed to hit one half-century each this season.
On the 0ther hand, while Tanveer Sangha has got 10 wickets, Chris Green has collected 9 wickets and Daniel Sams has picked up 8 wickets. Also, Nathan McAndrew has picked up 7 wickets.
Though Adam Milne is in the squad, he has fitness concern. In the last game, the New Zealand pacer faced an ankle issue.
Latest full available squad
Callum Ferguson (C), Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Ollie Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, Arjun Nair, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Forms in the last 5 matches (Oldest to latest): Won, Won, Won, Won and Won
Big Bash League 2020-21 (BBL 10), Match 28: Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Match Prediction
While Sydney Thunder are in their superb form, Brisbane Heat are improving their performances as a team. Meanwhile, Heat have the strong record against Thunder in the head-to-head contest by leading the winning margin of 8-3. However, in their first meeting of this season, Sydney Thunder won by 4 wickets.
The upcoming match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder can be an exciting game. However, the in-form Sydney Thunder are favourite.