In the 16th fixture of the Big Bash League, Brisbane Heat will be hosting Sydney Thunder on Wednesday at the historical Gabba. The table toppers have been at their best in the league but Sydney Thunder will be eying to shock everyone on Wednesday.
Brisbane Heat are at the top of the BBL point table with three wins and a net run rate of +2.344. The top bookmakers in India have great odds for this tournament with them.
Sydney Thunder are currently at the 5th spot in the point table with a single win and a net run rate of -0.158.
Colin Munro is the highest scorer in the league right now with an average of 78.50 in the last 4 fixtures.
The betting tip is...
Colin Munro to score a half-century.
The previous fixture of the Heat, which was against Adelaide Strikers, was abandoned due to interruptions of rain. Overall, skipper Colin Munro will be proud of the performance of his team and would like to continue the momentum in the remaining fixtures.
Colin Munro and Josh Brown are solid at the top order as their partnership is a tough job to crack. Sam Billings, Nathan McSweeney, and Matt Renshaw have done a fair job in the middle order but the team management will expect a higher stroke rate from Sam Billings. Heat’s lower order has also scored runs as Paul Walter and Xavier Bartlett have been exceptional in recent times.
Michael Neser and Spencer Johnson will be expected to bowl some wicket-taking spells at the start. Matthew Kuhnemann has been struggling with scalping wickets but he has kept his economy in check and that's his strength.
Skipper Munro won’t be making any changes to the winning combination of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Colin Munro (c), Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney, Matt Renshaw, Sam Billings (wk), Paul Walter, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson
Sydney Thunder finally scored the first win of their season after two consecutive losses at the start. The fixture was played against Melbourne Stars. Bowling first, Heat’s Daniel Sams picked up 4 wickets at an economy of 8.25 in 4 overs.
Zaman Khan was another bowler who was in the spotlight as he picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 6 in 4 overs. Chris Green and Liam Hatcher contributed with a single wicket each.
On the batting front, Cameron Bancroft (30 off 40) and Alex Hales (40 off 26) gave a good start to the team. Oliver Davies also contributed with 23 off 18 and maintained a higher strike rate of 127.78. Daniel Sams performed with his bat as well and scored 22 off 13 at a strike rate of 169.23.
After the previous win, skipper Chris Green will be motivated to continue the momentum of the team.
Predicted Lineup: Chris Green (c), Cameron Bancroft (wk), Alex Hales, Jason Sangha, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Liam Hatcher, Zaman Khan, Tanveer Sangha
Brisbane Heat has the best batting depth in the new season of BBL they have run scorers till the 7th or 8th wicket and can win matches from any situation.
Sydney Thunder have been inconsistent and their bowlers might find it hard to scalp wickets at the start of the game. We predict a win for the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday.