On Sunday (January 10), Brisbane Heat will meet Sydney Sixers to maintain the three-match winning streak. It will be the 35th match of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 but the second meeting of Heat and Sixers.
Brisbane Heat had a disappointing start of the 10th season but they have gained back the momentum, winning back-to-back last three matches. They have also got the better of Sydney Sixers when they encountered each other for the first time. In that match, while chasing 166 runs target, Chris Lynn-led Heat won the match by four wickets.
Here, let’s take a look at how Brisbane Heat’s Predicted XI shape in:
Max Bryant has set up a decent opening partnership which has given a good base to the team. With scoring 210 runs in eight matches, he is currently the leading scorer of Brisbane Heat. In the last match against Melbourne Stars, he amassed 31 runs off 23 balls, striking four fours and one six. Against the Sydney Sixers, who are currently at the second position in the points table, Bryant will have to stitch another match-winning partnership.
Joe Burns has returned to the Brisbane Heat after the Australia team released him from the ongoing Test series. After being out for one run in his first match, Burns registered the maiden half-century against Sydney Thunder which powered Heat toward the win. In the last match as well, he accelerated the innings, scoring 22 runs off 11 balls. He will look to play such more knock to gain confidence which he had lost during the Test series.
Against Sydney Thunder, he stitched a match-winning partnership with Joe Burns and in process, registered maiden half-century of the season.
He is coming off a decent domestic tournament of England and will look to produce an impactful performance in the middle which Tim Copper has not been able to give. Apart from batting, he is also a useful bowling option.
Chris Lynn (c):
After being the x-factor against Sydney Thunder, Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn feature in the playing XI in the last match against Melbourne Stars. He smacked three fours and four sixes to score 48 runs off 23 balls against the likes of Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake.
Jimmy Peirson (wk):
Jimmy Peirson, who was leading the team in absence of Chris Lynn, almost pull off Brisbane Heat to victory against Adelaide Strikers. While chasing 151 runs target, he scored unbeaten 69 runs in 36 balls, striking seven fours and two giant sixes. He played a gun-blazing knock but will be disappointed that he could not take the game home as they lost the match by just two runs.
But finally, against Hobart Hurricanes, he stitched up a crucial partnership with James Bazley to seal the deal for Heat. In the last match, he didn’t get the opportunity to bat as the top-order had already done the work.
The all-rounder Lewis Gregory played the first match of the BBL against Hobart Hurricanes, which was the first meeting of Brisbane Heat with them. He picked up the early wickets of D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb and David Malan to halt them from setting a big target.
Against Sydney Sixers, Gregory yielded an impressive batting performance, scoring 31 runs off 16 balls in which he struck two fours and two sixes. With his impressive performance with the ball and bat, he has been a vital cog for Brisbane Heat.
Bazley made his debut for Brisbane Heat against Hobart Hurricanes. He stitched a match-winning partnership with the captain Jimmy Peirson to take the game home after the collapse of the middle-order. The all-rounder scored unbeaten 31 runs, striking two fours and three sixes. Overall, he has scored 89 runs in five matches.
The fast bowling allrounder Jack Wildermuth has not got the opportunity to bat in the last two matches but has been impressive with the ball. His best has come during his maiden match for Brisbane Heat that was against Sydney Thunders. He went on to play a rocket fueling, scoring 31 runs in 11 balls in which he struck four fours. Apart from batting, he was also economical and picked three wickets while gave away only 23 runs in his four overs quota.
The franchise will want him to continue giving them success.
The right-arm pacer Mark Steketee, the 26-year-old pacer, has got the knack of picking wickets but he needs to learn the art of control the run rate. In seven matches, he has picked up 15 wickets but at the poor economy rate of 8.68.
Bartlett has given breakthroughs in crucial situations. His best has come in his second match of the season that was against Adelaide Strikers batting attack. The pacer picked three wickets while gave away 24 runs in his four overs quota to halt them for 150 runs. The speedsters need to replicate a similar performance against strong Sydney Sixers.
Mujeeb ur Rahman:
Mujeeb ur Rahman, who registered his maiden five-wicket haul in BBL against Hobart Hurricanes, notched the crucial wicket of Jack Edwards and Daniel Christain against Sydney Sixers in the first meeting to take the game home. He will look to replicate a similar performance in the second meeting.