Date: February 2, 2023
Time: 1:45 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
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Sydney Sixers will take on Brisbane Heat at the Sydney Cricket Ground to qualify for the finals. Entering this game, the Sixers lost to Perth Scorchers in the first qualifier by seven wickets. While the Heat defeated the Melbourne Renegades in the eliminator by seven wickets.
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The Sydney Cricket Ground has always produced batting-friendly pitches, especially under lights. The average 1st innings score is 158 in domestic T20 games
The Sydney Sixers have looked like one of the only few teams which have been able to compete against the Perth Scorchers this season. But this Sydney team got even better as Steve Smith made his return to the BBL and smashed 346 runs in five games. Similarly, their bowling has also looked great with Sean Abbott having another brilliant season. However, the side will miss the services of Steve Smith for this big game as the star batter has departed for India for Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sydney Sixers
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Steve O'Keefe, Izharulhaq Naveed
After a topsy-turvy season, the Brisbane Heat are one step away from securing a spot in the finals. Throughout the tournament, the Heat have found ways to win games, making them a difficult opponent for the Sixers. The team has found Jimmy Peirson as one of the stars of the tournament with his 324 runs in 16 games. Whereas with the ball, Michael Neser has been the top performer for Brisbane.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Brisbane Heat
Max Bryant, Josh Brown, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Bazley, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mark Steketee.
The Sydney Sixers are favourites to defeat Brisbane Heat at Sydney Cricket Ground to qualify for the final.
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