Brisbane Heat take on Sydney Sixers in Match 24 of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21 at the Carrara Oval. The two sides are at different ends of the points table currently. The Sixers revived themselves from the defeat on the first day of the competition to win four on the bounce and sit at the top. The Heat, troubled by injuries, player unavailabilities and poor form, are lingering at the seventh spot. They have won only one out of their five games and lost their previous match - against Hobart Hurricanes - by 1 run.
Ground details and team combination
Brisbane’s Carrara Oval has hosted only two games so far in BBL 2020-21. Both were high scoring games which saw the Sixers chase down scores of 193 and 168. One can expect high-scoring game, especially if the Sixers bat first. They have two of their batsmen - Josh Philippe and Daniel Hughes - amongst the top 10 scorers of the league alongside Daniel Christian putting in crucial contributions with the bat.
Bowlers have travelled the distance during the death overs here, going at 11.02 runs per over here. Hence, finishers should not be missed out. Both sides consist of a number of allrounders which will make your side heavy on that front.
Finger spin here has been the most economical bowling type here. They have gone at 7.8 runs per over while also picking a wicket every14 deliveries. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who snapped a five-wicket haul in the previous game for the Heat, and Steve O’Keefe can be considered on the basis of the above stat.
While you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your own team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. Based on algorithms we come up with six different teams that could fetch crucial points.
Jack Wildermuth is enjoying a great season on the field. Joining Heat’s squad since an all-round performance in a three-day game for Australia A - four wickets alongside a hundred with the bat - he has picked six wickets in four games. He earned a promotion in the batting order, batting at three in the last game. In Heat’s squad for this fixture, Wildermuth is a bowling allrounder who will also be a finisher with the bat. The Sixers have conceded 100 runs in the last 10 overs they have bowled at the death and Wildermuth can pile on those numbers.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Wildermuth could score 5-22 runs and pick 0-1 wickets in this match.
Joshua Philippe is great touch with the bat. Scoring 172 runs at an average of 34.4, he is one of tournament’s top 10 run scorers. He has shown what he can do if gets his eye in. He struck an eye-catching 95 against Melbourne Renegades and scored 48 in Sixers’ last game, at the venue of their clash against Brisbane Heat. He knows the pitch and will be itching to add more to his run tally.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Philippe could score 15-38 runs
Playing his maiden T20 season, the 21-year old Xavier Bartlett is turning out to be one of the finds of the tournament. He has six wickets in four games. He can swing the ball and he can bowl the cutters which enables him to pick wickets in both Powerplay and at the death. He is the second highest wicket-taker for Brisbane Heat at the moment and has become their strike pace bowler.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Bartlett could pick 0-1 wickets in this match.
James Bazley is another youngster who has put his hand up for Brisbane Heat in the times of adversity. He has played two games so far and has remained unbeaten in both, scoring 80 runs. He can chip in with the ball as well. We are expecting him to get a promotion in the batting line up which makes him an exciting prospect in your Fantasy XI.
Our Criclytics player projector predicts Bazley could score 11-20 runs and pick 0-1 wickets in this match.