Date & Time: Sunday, December 22, 13:40 IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
Batsmen in focus as bowling heavy sides clash off
After a dominating performance against the Scorchers in the first game, the Sixers failed to chase a below-par total against the Hurricanes the other day. On the other hand, the Heat lost two games played in a convincing fashion. In both the losses, their batsmen struggled to chase the targets down which is an area of concern for a well-equipped lineup. Both sides are equipped with good bowlers so how batsmen of respective teams perform will determine the outcome of the match.
The Heat’s opening batsmen is the top-rated batsman in the match who has a PPM of 50 in the format. The Heat’s skipper is next in the list with a PPM of 44 in the format. Josh Phillip, Daniel Hughes, and James Vince follow in the pecking order with a PPM of above 40. So it’s quite clear the top order is where the strength of both sides lie in the batting.
Tom Curran and Ben Cutting are the top two all-rounders of the match with a PPM of above 45 in the format. Out of the two, Tom Curran has a better MDTA of 1.52 than Cutting’s 1.72.
In bowling, there are quite a few consistent performers from both sides. Sean Abbott leads the charts with an impressive PPM of 50 and an MDTA of 1.32. Josh Lalor, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Laughlin and Mark Steketee all have a PPM of close to 40 in the format. Steve O’ Keefe is not too far away and he has a better MDTA of 1.37, than others.
Mark Steketee who missed the last game for the Heat may replace Jimmy Perison. On the other hand, Sydney is likely to bring Steve O’Keefe who has missed the last match.
Brisbane Heat possible XI–
Tom Banton (WK), Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (C), Matt Renshaw, Sam Heazlett, Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Mitchell Swepson, Ben Laughlin, Zahir Khan, , Mark Steketee.
Sydney Sixers possible XI–
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, James Vince, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Tom Curran, Sean Abbott, Steve OKeefe, Ben Dwarshuis, Ben Manenti.
The surface in Sydney has slowed considerably in the last season with the average score of first innings falling around 145. But in the first match of the season, it was not the case as Sixers scored freely.
England’s young sensation is showcasing what he has done in the recently concluded T20 Blast. In the two matches played for Heat, he has provided the team with a good start in the first, and in the second he has come up with blistering knock. In Today’s match too, he has to come up with a good start, with Chris Lynn struggling to find his feet.
The veteran all-rounder has lived up to his reputation in both the matches played so far. He has chipped in with a wicket and has also scored handy runs. But in today’s match, he needs to come up with a game-changing performance with the team desperate to win a game.
England‘s bowling all-rounder has been impressive for Sixers so far just like the previous season where he was amongst the top wicket-takers for the side. In the two matches played, he chipped in with 5 wickets. In today’s match expect nothing different from him.
He is among the top run-getters for the side in recently concluded One-Day Cup. In the first two games, he may not have come up with a big knock but expect him to fare well in today’s match given his record in the format. He has a PPM of 40 and an MDTA of 1.6 in 34 matches played.