The daily Big Bash League preview charges down the wicket with BBL tips as Brisbane Heat aim to reverse a woeful record against the in-form Sydney Sixers.
History: Played 12: Sixers 10 V Heat 2
Last meeting: January 23, 2020: Sixers d Heat by 8 wickets
Final Thoughts: Brisbane Heat’s BBL|10 playoff chances are already on the ropes. A win over Sydney Sixers – who they have only beaten twice in 12 previous encounters – could put them back in the mix, however.
The 4-1 Sixers sit second on the BBL ladder with a game in hand. They have won four straight, including back-to-back thrillers against the Stars on Boxing Day (1 wicket) and the Renegades on Wednesday (2 wickets) in which they ran down imposing totals with just one ball to spare.
Daniel Hughes (96 off 51) starred as they reeled in a target of 194 against the Stars. Josh Philippe (48 off 30) and Jason Holder (33* off 18) were the key performers against the Renegades, who had posted 6/168.
The 1-4 Heat have endured some agonisingly tight losses this season. They bookended their only win – a Lewis Gregory- (3/22) and Sam Heazlett-inspired (48 off 30) four-wicket defeat of the Hurricanes – with cliffhanger losses to the Strikers (2 runs) and Hurricanes (1 run).
Individual highlights to come out of the latter for Brisbane included Mujeeb Ur Rhaman’s sizzling 5/15 and newcomer James Bazley’s unbeaten 49 off 31.
Honours were shared between the also-rans and eventual champs in BBL|09. The Heat thrashed the Sixers by 48 runs in the teams’ early-season clash in Sydney. A scintillating 94 off 35 balls from the currently sidelined Chris Lynn powered Brisbane to 4/209. James Vince (39 off 27) top-scored in a spluttering Sixers reply.
But the Sixers responded with an eight-wicket home victory late in the campaign. Josh Philippe (52* off 43) steered the Sixers home with more than four overs to spare after strong bowling displays from Steve O’Keefe and Jackson Bird stymied the Heat.
The Heat’s recent form is better than their $2.33 underdogs odds may indicate. But it’s hard to back against the stacked Sixers, who only look more formidable with the addition of Holder.