Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction BBL- Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder
The match will be played at the Gabba which is the home ground of the Brisbane Heat. However, the team has not been great at this venue and they have lost all of their last four matches here.
That being said, Brisbane Heat have a terrific head to head record against Sydney Thunder and have beaten them seven times out of eight till now. Also, they won all the last four matches against Thunder.
Matt Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne will not be available for Brisbane Heat as they are part of the Cricket Australia XI which will face Sri Lanka in a practice match. James Pattinson has already been ruled out of the tournament due to a side strain.
As expected, the three key batsmen for the team have been Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and Max Bryant. McCullum did not have the best of starts but he is making up for it and has three half-centuries from his last three innings. Lynn is the second highest run-scorer of the tournament with 313 runs. Bryant has also started clicking and scores at a good click.
With the ball, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman would be the lead bowlers. While Doggett has picked up the maximum wickets for the team, Rahman has been very economical.
With Jos Buttler and Joe Root gone, Shane Watson would have to shoulder the responsibility of the batting order of Sydney Thunder. He would get support from Daniel Sams and Callum Ferguson. The bowling lineup is spin heavy and would depend on the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Arjun Nair, Chris Green and Anton Devcich.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
Brisbane Heat- Max Bryant, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn (c), Ben Cutting, Sam Heazlett, Alex Ross, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sydney Thunder- Anton Devcich, Shane Watson (c), Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Sams, Arjun Nair, Jay Lenton (wk), Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Gurinder Sandhu, Fawad Ahmed
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Brisbane Heat
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Anton Devcich (Sydney Thunder), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Fawad Ahmed
(Sydney Thunder), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Brisbane Heat)
Most Sixes – Anton Devcich (Sydney Thunder), Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)
Team Scores Batting First – Sydney Thunder 140+, Brisbane Heat 155+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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