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With the reigning champions Perth Scorchers waiting in the final, it will be Sydney Sixers and Brisbane Heat battling it out in the Challenger of the Big Bash League 2022/23. The Sixers will host the match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, February 2nd. As for the market, Sydney Sixers head into the match as favourites with the odds of 8/11 (1.72) while Brisbane Heat have greater odds of 21/20 (2.05) to win the game.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, Challenger, BBL 2022-23
- February 2, 2023 – 8:15 AM GMT
- Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
Sydney Cricket Ground is a venue where pitches don’t have great pace and bounce. Seamers tend to take the pace off while spinners find some help, and they are assisted by long boundaries. The average batting first score at the venue in domestic T20s reads 158.
The weather in Sydney hasn’t been great the last few days with lightning and the storm. However, it is expected to ease out by Wednesday. The weather is likely to be mainly clear and breezy on Thursday evening with less than 5% chance of rain.
Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat – Match Predictions
As far as the history between these two sides is concerned, Sydney Sixers have been dominant with 13 wins out of 18 matches compared to four by Brisbane. Sydney Sixers have a stronger unit in both batting and bowling departments, and are well suited for the home conditions. Brisbane will be heavily depleted with several players joining the Test squad.
Sixers to Hit Most Sixes
Abbott to Take Most Wickets
Turner to Be the Man of the Match
Brisbane Heat have struck 84 sixes in 16 matches this season (5.2/innings) while Sydney Sixers have hit 68 sixes in 15 matches (4.5/innings). However, the Heat will be depleted this game whereas the Sixers’ batting unit has the likes of Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk and Daniel Hughes.
Our Prediction: Sydney Sixers to hit most sixes in this match with the odds of 5/6 (1.83).
Sean Abbott has been magnificent in the tournament, picking the most 28 wickets from 14 games at a strike rate of just 10.8. Abbott has the odds of 11/4 (4.33) to be the top bowler for Sydney Sixers. From the Brisbane Heat side, Michael Neser has taken 24 wickets in 14 innings at a strike rate of 12.7. Neser is a good bet to be the top bowler for the Heat af 11/4
Our Prediction: Sean Abbott to be the top wicket-taker for Sydney Sixers at 100/30 (4.33).
Man of the Match
Moises Henriques will be key for Sydney Sixers in the absence of Steve Smith. He has scored 302 runs in the season at 30 average and 131 striking. He is coming off a 43-ball 58 in the previous game and has the odds of 14/1 (15.00) to be the player of the match. Other top betting options include Josh Philippe, Sean Abbott, Hayden Kerr and James Bazley.
Our Prediction: Ashton Turner to be the Man of the Match at 14/1 (15.00) odds.
Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Preview
Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers will be fighting for a spot in the final when they meet in the Challenger. Let’s take a look at these two teams ahead of their clash on Wednesday.
The three-time champions Sydney Sixers went down against Perth Scorchers in Qualifier for the second time in two seasons. They were defeated by seven wickets but having finished second in the group stage, they will get another shot at reaching the BBL final.
Steve Smith won’t be available for this game which means the likes of Josh Philippe, Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk will need to do the job. The bowling attack of Sean Abbott, Ben Dwarshuis, Hayden Kerr, Steven O’Keefe and Izharulhaq Naveed looks good for home conditions.
Squad: Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Steven O’Keefe, Izharulhaq Naveed
Brisbane Heat have had a tougher road after finishing fifth on the table. They won against Sydney Thunder by eight runs on DLS method in a rain-affected contest in the Eliminator before beating Melbourne Renegades by seven wickets in the Knockout.
Brisbane Heat will be severely affected with three of their players Usman Khawaja, Matt Renshaw and Marnus Labuschagne unavailable for this game. Josh Brown, Sam Hain and Jimmy Peirson hold the key. The bowling attack has Michael Neser, James Bazley, Spencer Johnson and Matthew Kuhnemann.
Squad: Josh Brown, Max Bryant, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (c/wk), Ross Whiteley, Michael Neser, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann
How to Watch Big Bash in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Viewers living in the UK can witness the Big Bash league live on Sky Sports Cricket on television. For online streaming of the Sixers vs Heat duel, you can use the SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)