Sydney Sixers look to consolidate their position
Game 24 and Sydney SIxers are at number four in the points table and they will face the bottom placed Brisbane Heat. Sixers look to resurrect thei campaign after two consecutive losses
Heat has lost the momentum and after losing a string of close games they can consider themselves unlucky at best. With the three games to go for them this year they can consider themselves out of contention for the semis spot. However, they would look to upset the plans of few teams and take them down along with them. With no pressure on them now they can probably play more freely than they have till now.
They have the batting power to deliver with big hitters like Chris Lynn, Ben Cutting, Dan Christian. However, big worry for the Heat is their out of form captain James Hopes, probably in twilight of his career with 36 years of age, who has not lived up to the expectations. Heat has a pretty long tail and with the captain coming in at number 8. They will hope to turn things around with their batting.
Sydney Sixers on the other hand have been the team to beat this season but had a minor hiccup last match which they lost in a super over against Melbourne Stars. However they were at one stage out of the match with a 70 run stand between White and Pieterson but managed to pull things back to a situation where Stars needed 16 off the lat over. One thought that Sixers were well on track to register their 5th win out of five matches played. But Lee could not defend and the scores were tied which eventually paved way for Stars in the super over.
For Sydney Sixers too captain, Moises Henriques, has not contributed to the extent he is expected to perform and would like to change that in the match against Heat.
Brisbane Heat Squad :
Good news for Heat is that big hitting allrounder Dan Christian has returned from the injury and will take field against Sixers. Also their English recruit, Stephen Parry is expected to make his debut at Brisbane. Parry replaces New Zealand international Dan Vettori who has returned home to take part in the Black Caps’ World Cup preparations.
Parry, who has experienced club cricket in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney during his career, has played 74 career T20 games, taking 71 wickets at an average of 26 and with an economy rate of 7.05.
James Hopes(c), Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Ryan Duffield, Andrew Flintoff, Jason Floros, Peter Forrest, Cameron Gannon, Chris Lynn Stephen Parry, Jimmy Pierson, Nathan Reardon, Mark Steketee
Sydney Sixers Squad :
Sixers has named an unchanged squad for the match against Heat and will be hoping to arrest the two match losing streak.
Moises Henriques(C), Sean Abbott, Doug Bollinger, Ryan Carters, Ed Cowan, Ben Dwarshuis, Simon Keen, Brett Lee, Michael Lumb, Nic Maddinson, Stephen O’Keefe, Jordan Silk, Riki Wessels
The Pitch :
The match is to be played at Gabba Brisbane and in this season till now two matches have been played at this ground in which we saw scores of 164 and 152. Brisbane heat scored 164 in the first match played here and won that nail biting match by one run while in the other one they lost after scoring 152 against Adelaide Strikers.
The Odds :
Sydney Sixers is 1.78 to win the match against Brisbane Heat and we expect them to win this match but given the high octane batting the Heat possess we recommend not to back Sixers at these odds rather back them when Heat is favourite.