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BBL 2020/21: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, preview, probable XI and key players

Source: Twitter (Brisbane Heat)

Sydney Sixers will have a face-off with Brisbane Heat tomorrow in the 35th match of Big Bash League. Sydney Sixers have won five of their eight matches so far and hold second place in the table currently. On the other hand, the Heat are the 5th placed team in the chart at present and after struggling initially, the return of few key players has seen them winning the last three matches including one against the Sixers. For Sixers, the last outing was not successful against

Perth Scorchers, but the Sixers have been one of the strongest outfits in this year’s tournament. So this meeting between the Sixers and Heat is going to be an exciting affair. While the Heat would love to continue with their momentum, the time for the Sixers is to get back on track and aim for revenge.

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For the Sixers, Josh Philippe has been a great asset. He is in great form and has scored a heap of runs already in the tournament to be in the second spot of the most runs table. James Vince, Jordan Silk, and the captain Daniel Hughes make for the strong batting unit for the side. They have Ben Dwarshuis, Steve O’Keefe, and Lloyd Pope in the bowling department to depend on. The Sixers also have a good all-rounder in Daniel Christian who has scalped nine wickets already.

The Heat look steadier now, thanks to the return of Chris Lynn and Joe Burns. Both of them look in great shape and made significant contributions in recent matches. They along with Max Bryant and Joe Denly are a mainstay of their batting. Mark Steketee with 15 wickets and Mujeeb Ur Rahman with 12 wickets are the top two bowlers for the Heat. Lewis Gregory can also be trusted for an all-round contribution. His last performance against the Sixers had a telling impact.

Key players

Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers)

Josh Philippe is undoubtedly the most dependable man for the Sixers when it comes to batting. He has already scored 266 runs this season including a brilliant 95, whereas his average has been 33.25. He must maintain the flow and consistency if the Sixers want to win this match.

Chris Lynn (Brisbane Heat)

Chris Lynn is the highest run-scorer in the history of the league. Even in this edition, despite missing four out of the eight matches, Lynn is the second-highest run-scorer currently from the Heat with 167 runs. The man-of-the-match of Brisbane Heat in the previous match must click.

Predicted XIs

Sydney Sixers – Jack Edwards, Josh Phillipe, James Vince, Daniel Hughes, Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Carlos Brathwaite, Jackson Bird, Steve O’Keefe, Lloyd Pope, Jake Ball.

Brisbane Heat – Max Bryant, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson, James Bazley, Jack Wildermuth, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Xavier Bartlett.

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