BBL 2018-19 Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat 24th Match Prediction. Sydney Thunder, after their big defeat in the last game against Melbourne Stars, will look to return to winning ways when take on the Brisbane Heat in this 24th fixture of the Big Bash League 2018-19. The match will be played on January 8 at the Sydney Showground Stadium with live telecast scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM local time.
- Brisbane Heat have won six (including the last three) out of the seven matches they have played against Sydney Thunder in the BBL.
- Sydney Thunder have the advantage of playing at their home ground where they have won their last three matches.
- Brisbane Heat depend heavily on Chris Lynn to score runs as the rest of their batsmen have not been able to perform up to the mark.
Our Pick: Sydney Thunder
SYT vs BRH, BBL 2018-19: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Sony Six, Sony ESPN, BT Sport, Fox Sports, SuperSport, Seven Network
Live Streaming: Bet365, SonyLIV, Foxtel Sports, SuperSport Live
The pitch at the Sydney Showground Stadium, in recent times, has tended to offer more assistance to the bowlers during the second period of play. Moreover, since both the matches played at this venue this BBL season have been won by the side batting first, the team that wins the ‘bat-flip’ here is likely to bat first.
Sydney Thunder Team News & Playing 11
SYT Team News
Sydney Thunder have been fielding the same group of eleven in their previous two matches and even though they ended up losing last time, we expect them to go into this match with an unchanged line-up. Jos Buttler will continue to open the batting alongside skipper Shane Watson with Callum Ferguson and Joe Root to follow at numbers three and four respectively. The Thunder seem to have no injury concerns ahead of this game.
SYT Key Players
Jos Buttler has by far looked the most impressive batsman in the Sydney Thunder’s line-up. The opener has smashed three half-centuries in the six matches and is currently leading the runs charts with 268 runs. Joe Root and Shane Watson have not been at their best and the team will want them to return to form against Brisbane Heat. Daniel Sams is having a strike-rate of 170.88 and he seems to be a vital cog in this middle order. He has also taken the most wickets for the team this BBL – nine from six matches at an acceptable economy of 8.70 – which makes him a key man in the bowling department as well. Fawad Ahmed (seven wickets in six matches) has been the Thunder’s next-best option with the ball. The leg-spinner was the pick of the bowlers in the last game against Melbourne Stars with figures of 1-26 from four overs.
SYT Recent Form
Sydney Thunder are currently fifth in the BBL 08 standings with three wins and as many losses from six league matches. They made a solid start to their campaign with wins in their first two matches before facing defeats in their next two outings against Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers respectively. They then clinched a thrilling one-run victory over Perth Scorchers but fell to Melbourne Stars in their last match. The Thunder have lost all their three matches played away from home this season.
Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing 11
- Jos Buttler (wk), Shane Watson (c), Callum Ferguson, Joe Root, Daniel Sams, Jason Sangha, Chris Green, Gurinder Sandhu, Sam Rainbird, Jonathan Cook, Fawad Ahmed
Brisbane Heat Team News & Playing 11
BRH Team News
Brisbane Heat have made just the one change to their 13-man squad for this upcoming clash against Sydney Thunder. They have included Australia test batsman Marnus Labuschagne while dropping Alex Ross. The team will breathe a sigh of relief as Joe Burns, who was struck on the helmet while batting during the last game against Perth Scorchers, has been cleared fully fit. The Heat are coming off a convincing win and so we don’t expect them to make any changes to their line-up.
BRH Key Players
With Brendon McCullum not looking in the best of forms, it will be up to the likes of Chris Lynn, Max Bryant and Ben Cutting to score the big runs for Brisbane Heat. Lynn is the team’s leading run-getter at the moment and the skipper will look to lead from the front with the bat. Max Bryant is having an impressive strike-rate of 167.24 and the onus will be on him to provide a brisk start to the innings. Cutting hit a fifty against Hobart Hurricanes and he has been chipping in with handy cameos down the order. The all-rounder has taken four wickets in as many matches and will also play a crucial role when it comes to bowling. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, however, remains the key man in this department. The off-spinner is coming off a brilliant showing against Perth Scorchers with figures of 2-10 from four overs. The Heat will also expect a good performance from James Pattinson upfront in the powerplay.
BRH Recent Form
Brisbane Heat, after getting off to a disastrous start with defeats in their first three matches on the bounce, finally registered their first win of the Big Bash League 2018-19 with a convincing five-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers in the last game. With the solitary win and three losses from four matches, they currently find themselves seventh in the standings with two points. The Heat were absolutely brilliant with the ball last time, restricting the Scorchers to just 135 in the 20 overs.
Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing 11
- Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), James Pattinson, Brendan Doggett, Josh Lalor, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SYT : L W L L W
BRH : W L L L L
SYT vs BRH Head to Head
Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat have played seven matches against each other in the Big Bash League with the latter leading the scoreline 6-1.
Brisbane Heat have won the last three matches they have played against Sydney Thunder which includes the three-wicket win at the Spotless Stadium in the 2016-17 season.
The two teams last faced-off in the previous edition of the BBL in December 2017 at the Gabba. The match was reduced to 17 overs per side due to rain. Sydney Thunder posted 149/4 on the board after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Brisbane Heat then chased their target in the final over to seal a six-wicket win.
Matches Played: 7; Sydney Thunder Won: 1; Brisbane Heat Won: 6
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Betting Odds
Sydney Thunder begin as favorites amongst the bookmakers to win this Big Bash League game. The home team is being offered at odds of 1.80 on Betway and 1.85 on both Bet365 and Betfair. Brisbane Heat, despite winning their last match, find themselves as the underdogs for this game at a higher price of 1.95 on Betway, 2 on Bet365 and 2.04 on Betfair.
Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Heat Prediction
Brisbane Heat, after three consecutive defeats, managed to put their losing streak to an end with an emphatic win over Perth Scorchers in the last match. Sydney Thunder, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a heavy loss at the hands of Melbourne Stars. The Heat certainly have the upper hand in terms of head-to-head record as they have beaten the Thunder six times out of seven in the tournament, including the last three matches straight. However, the latter have the home advantage on their side. Though they may not have done too well in their away games this season, but having won all their games at home so far will surely boost their morale. Also, while Brisbane Heat seem to be struggling on the batting front, Sydney Thunder have more in-form players in their side which is why we expect them to register yet another home win.