Date: December 06, 2021
Time: 2:05 PM IST
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Sydney Thunder will be up against the Brisbane Heat in the second match of the Big Bash League 2021-22 set to be played at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. As far as their recent form is concerned, it is worth noting that Brisbane Heat have won four matches and faced a defeat in one in their last five matches. Similarly, Sydney Thunder have won 2 and lost 3 of their last five matches. But this is a fresh start to the tournament and both sides would want to keep their disappointment behind them and hope to start on a winning note this season.
The first game of the season at Canberra and so it could be a good toss to lose since sides won’t exactly know what to expect from the surface. However, there will definitely be something on offer on a fresh wicket for the bowlers early on which could suggest teams might look to bowl first but make no mistake this has traditionally been a batting-friendly surface and a high-scoring game could once again be on the cards. It could also be difficult to gauge what a good score can be at this surface which might tempt the teams to chase first and do so with a bit more reassurance than the other option where batters can even be a bit tentative to start off the season.
Sydney Thunder boasts of a solid batting order which has firepower coupled with consistency. Names like Alex Hales, Sam Billings and even Alex Ross are examples of what the team can achieve when they are in good form and rhythm. Even the bowling options they have provide a lot of balance to the side with Daniel Sams being good enough to score some quickfire runs himself along with making his ball do the talking. The side will have to figure out a combination as quickly as possible which will ease their journey moving forward.
Despite missing several of their players to international duty, Brisbane Heat have a great batting order with the likes of Chris Lynn and Max Bryant in it. Moreover, it is being learned that Mujeeb is available for selection which will give be a huge boost ahead of their first match of the season. Similarly, Jack Wildermuth could also be the player to watch out for from their squad.
Sam Billings, Jonathan Cook, Ben Cutting, Oliver Davies, Brendan Doggett, Matt Gilkes, Chris Green, Alex Hales, Baxter Holt, Usman Khawaja, Saqib Mahmood, Nathan McAndrew, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha, Tanveer Sangha, Chris Tremain
Tom Abell, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Ben Duckett, Liam Guthrie, Sam Heazlett, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne (Nathan McSweeney), Chris Lynn, Michael Neser (Cameron Gannon), Jimmy Pierson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Will Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson (Hugo Burdon), Jack Wildermuth
Conclusion: Sydney Thunder clearly do not have a good record over Brisbane Heat and that is likely to continue in this match since the previous results sometimes can have an impact on the thinking processes which might prevent Thunder from playing their best match. Heat could continue to have an upper hand in this rivalry.
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