Match: Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers, Big Bash League 2021 (BH vs SS)
Date: January 6, Thursday, 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland, Australia
Brisbane Heat will lock horns with Sydney Sixers in the 36th match of the Big Bash League 2021-22 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland on January 4, Monday. Brisbane Heat have won three of the eight games they have played so far this season, after which they have 14 points under their belt and are placed fifth in the table. They come into this contest after defeating the Hobart Hurricanes in their previous game.
Heat’s bowling has been impressive this season, but the batters have let down the team. JJ Bazley has been their best bowler with 11 wickets at an average of 21 and an economy rate of 7.45.
Sydney Sixers, on the other hand, have had an impressive campaign so far. They are placed second in the points table after winning six games out of eight. Their last game against the Renegades was washed out but in the game before that, they got the better of the Heat in a thriller.
Ahead of the fixture between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers, let’s look at their head to head total, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for BH vs SS
The surface at Carrara Oval is a good one for batsmen but the bowlers also enjoy their time here. The average 1st innings score at this venue in the last 30 T20 matches is 173 runs, while the team batting first here has won 73% of its matches. The fast bowlers have fared well on this surface.
As for the weather update, the temperature is likely to range from 18 to 20 degree Celsius. However, it is going to be partly cloudy and we could be in for some passing showers.
Brisbane Heat team news and predicted XI
Team news: Players from several BBL teams have tested positive for Covid19 as the Omicron variant continues to spread in Australia. However, the Heat have not reported any Covid-19 cases in their camp. Their only concern this season has been knee injury to Tom Abell, in place of whom they have signed up Fakhar Zaman. However, the Pakistan batter is unavailable till next week.
Predicted XI: Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jack Wildermuth
Sydney Sixers team news and predicted XI
Team news: Sydney Sixers have also not reported any Covid19 cases from their camp. However, James Vince has returned home for national commitments. This had anyway been a lean season for Vince with just 144 runs from seven innings. Meanwhile, Jackson Bird is available again after injury.
Predicted XI: Josh Philippe (wk), James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr, Shadab Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe
Head to head record
Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars have played 15 BBL matches between them, of which the Heat have won only 3 and Sixers 11.
BH vs SS: Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers (BH vs SS).
Sam Heazlett – batter, Brisbane Heat
Sam Heazlett is the top run-scorer for Brisbane Heat with 230 runs at a strike rate of 133. He has hit 14 fours and 11 sixes.
Ben Duckett – Wicketkeeper batter, Brisbane Heat
Ben Duckett has made 218 runs at a strike rate of 138 and is Heat’s second best performer with the bat after Heazlett.
James Bazley – Bowler, Brisbane Heat
JJ Bazley has been the best bowler for Brisbane Heat and has picked up 11 wickets while bowling at an average of 21 and an economy rate of 7.45. He was impressive with the bat too in the previous game where he scored an unbeaten 44 off 27.
Sean Abbott – Bowler, Sydney Sixers
Sean Abbott has been the best bowler for Sydney Sixers with 12 wickets at an average of 11 and an economy rate of 7.70.
Josh Philippe – Batter, Sydney Sixers
Josh Philippe is the top run-scorer for Sydney Sixers with 295 runs at a strike rate of 149. He has hit 26 fours and 10 sixes.
BH vs SS: MPL Fantasy XI
BH vs SS – 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 Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers game will begin at 1:45 PM IST on January 4.