BBL – Brisbane Heat’s final chances on the line vs Sydney Sixers
Despite at moments throughout BBL 07 looking the most dangerous side in the competition, the Brisbane Heat are looking to consolidate a Top 4 position against the Sydney Sixers in a State of Origin style clash at the SCG.
The Brisbane Heat have failed to live up to pre-tournament expectations and the ongoing injury cloud hovering over their superstar slugger, Chris Lynn, has not helped. Meanwhile, the underperforming Sixers, minus England star, Jason Roy, are out of the finals equation and are playing for pride only.
McCullum and Burns must perform in Sydney
With Chris Lynn out, the responsibility of scoring the bulk of the Heat’s runs falls on the new ‘Bash Brother’ pairing of captain Brendon McCullum and the in-form Joe Burns. Burns, in particular, is in career-best form in both the BBL and first-class cricket and is pushing for a recall to the Australian Test Team to tour South Africa in March.
Ben Cutting has also been providing a lot of the batting fireworks in the absence of Chris Lynn, who is pencilled in for a return from injury for the Heat on January 27.
Sixers new X-factor, Joe Denly
In his first appearance at BBL level, Joe Denly, who has played five T20 Internationals for England and 163 T20s, replaced Jason Roy as one the Sixers internationals and made a powerful start against the Thunder, hitting the ball strongly. Denly whacked an action-packed 43 from 28 balls, including three sixes.
The Sixers sniff a big upset to please the punters
Breaking their win drought on Saturday against the Sydney Thunder has done the Sixers’ confidence the world of good. The Sixers have recently welcomed back Test players Nathan Lyon, Moses Henriques and Jackson Bird along with international recruits Carlos Brathwaite and Joe Denly. With the return of a quintet of internationals to their side, we’re tipping the Sixers (at the great odds with SportsBet of $2.00 to the Heat’s $1.81) to provide plenty of happiness and value for punters to upset the Heat at the SCG.