For the first time, the Sydney Thunder is locking horns with the Brisbane Heat in BBL 2020-21. The two sides have lost their season’s opening game and will be more than ready to get off the mark. The Thunder, led by Callum Ferguson, lost their first match to the Melbourne Stars as, despite the half-century of the captain, they struggled to chase down 170, finishing with just 147 runs.
On the other side, the Brisbane Heat made a bad effort with the bat. They also lost to the Melbourne Stars themselves, batting first with just 125 runs. There were not many bowlers to defend, and the side led by Chris Lynn could only select four wickets with only Jack Wood bowling picking two wickets well.
In Canberra on Monday, there is a small risk of precipitation. During the match, the temperature is anticipated to hover around 17-19 degrees Celsius.
For this BBL game, a good batting pitch is likely to be on offer, but there may also be some support for the spinners.
During the first ten overs against the hard new ball, run-scoring may be best, as the pitch appears to slow down as the match progresses. To keep the batsmen on their toes, the pacers will need to vary their pace.
First, both teams will look to bat, and at this location, 160 runs are likely to be a par-score.
Callum Ferguson (c), Baxter Holt (wk), Usman Khawaja, Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Daniel Sams, Tanveer Sangha, Nathan McAndrew, Jonathan Cook, Chris Green
Chris Lynn (c), Jimmy Peirson (wk), Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Daniel Lawrence, Tom Cooper, Simon Milenko, Jack Wood, Xavier Bartlett, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben Laughlin
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Dream 11:
Chris Lynn (c), Jimmy Peirson (wk), Alex Hales, Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja, Max Bryant, Tom Cooper, Daniel Sams, Chris Green, Jonathan Cook, Ben Laughlin
This will be a hard-fought contest that can not afford to be lost by either side. Some differences need to be tackled when looking at the two squads. The Thunder have a more balanced team that should give them the advantage over a youthful Heat side. Let’s support your favourite cricket team at BAJI now to enjoy the excitement of cricket!