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BBL 2021: SS vs BH Fantasy Preview, Predictions and MPL Top Picks

Match: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League 2021 (SS vs BH)

Date: December 29, Wednesday, 12:35 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Sixers will take on Brisbane Heat in the 25th match of Big Bash League 2021 on December 29 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The hosts are placed at the 2nd spot in the points table with five wins and one loss from their 6 matches so far. They have 18 points in total. Josh Philippe is the top run-scorer for Sydney Sixers with 295 runs at a strike rate of 151. Moises Henriques has also fared well, scoring 242 runs at a strike rate of 150. With the ball, H Kerr has been the best performer with 9 wickets at an average of 10 and an economy rate of 7.38. The Sixers come into this game on the back of a comprehensive 30-run win over Sydney Thunder in their previous game.

Brisbane Heat are placed at the 6th spot in the points table with 2 wins and 4 losses from their 6 matches so far. They have 9 points in total, which is half of Sixers’ 18. Sam Heazlett is the top run-scorer for Brisbane Heat with 200 runs at a strike rate of 149, while JJ Bazley has been the best bowler, picking up 9 wickets at an average of 21 and an economy rate of 8.34.

Ahead of match 24, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for SS vs BH

The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground is generally a balanced one, but we have also seen some high scoring games here this season. In BBL 11’s opening game, the home team hit 213/4 while batting first. While the pacers reap maximum benefit here, the spinners also come to play once the match progresses.

As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 18 to 20 degree Celsius. While it is going to be cloudy, the possibility of rain is not too high.

Sydney Sixers team news and predicted XI

Team news: Daniel Hughes and Dan Christian were the best performers for Sixers in their 30-run win over the Thunder. While Hughes scored 50 off 26, Christian scored 41 off just 17.

Predicted XI: Josh Philippe, James Vince, Moises Henriques, Dan Christian, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Chris Jordan, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Todd Murphy.

Brisbane Heat team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Heat are coming into this game on the back of a 20-run loss to the Melbourne Stars. They gave a good fight chasing 207, but were bundled out for 187.

Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Max Bryant, Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Peirson, Tom Cooper, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie.

Head to head record

Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat have played 14 BBL matches between them, of which Sixers have won 11 and the Heat 3.

SS vs BH: Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat

James Vince – Batter, Sydney Sixers

In his last edition of BBL, James Vince had scored 401 runs in 10 outings at an average of 50 and strike rate of 151. But haven’t been able to deliver the goods this season. However, Vince scored his highest score of this season – 31 – in Sixers previous game and will be looking to draw confidence from that and produce an even bigger knock in the next game. The right-hander also brings with him the experience of playing in several franchise cricket tournaments like the Pakistan Super League and Abu Dhabi T10. In all, Vince has 7290 runs in 265 T20 innings at a strike rate of 133.29.

Josh Philippe – Wicketkeeper Batter, Sydney Sixers

Josh Philippe is the top run-scorer for Sydney Sixers with 295 runs at a strike rate of 151. Although he scored only 13 off 10 in the previous game, Philippe has played some standout knocks this season. The wicketkeeper batter scored a fabulous unbeaten 99 against the Stars and 72 against the Hurricanes. In all, Philippe has an average of 30.79 and strike rate of 138.17 in his T20 career, which makes him a must-have player in your MPL team.

Moises Henriques – All-rounder, Sydney Sixers

The Sydney Sixers captain has made 242 runs at a strike rate of 150 in five innings, which includes a fine 73 against the Hurricanes. In all, the all-rounder has played 234 T20s, from which he has a batting average and strike rate of 26.82 and 128.70. With the ball, the medium pacer has 115 wickets. He has also played 24 T20 internationals for Australia.

Chris Lynn – Batter, Brisbane Heat

A big knock was due from the big-hitting batter and it came in the previous game against the Stars. Lynn scored 57 off just 34 balls, hitting three fours and five sixes. The T20 globetrotter enjoys the reputation for being one of the most fearsome hitters of the ball. Lynn has a strike rate of over 142 in his T20 career.

Ben Duckett – Wicketkeeper batter, Brisbane Heat

Another wicketkeeper you must have in your MPL team is Ben Duckett, who scored 54 off 35 balls in the previous game. This was his second consecutive half-century of the season. Against the Strikers, he scored 78 off 47. Duckett has played 135 T20s, from which he has an average of 30.36 and strike rate of 135.99.

MPL fantasy XI

SS vs BH – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Sony Sports Network and its digital wing Sony Liv will broadcast the BBL 11 matches in India. The Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat game will begin at 12:35 PM IST on December 29.

Also read: Top 10 Fastest Bowlers in Cricket History

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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