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Skipper of Brisbane Heat (HEA) Usman Khawaja signed off the ongoing edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2023 with a majestic half-century (59 off 47 balls), which steered his side to eliminate Melbourne Renegades and reach the Challenger. With the terrific win in the Knockout, a new-look Heat will lock horns with Sydney Sixers (SIX) at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 2 with a grand final spot against Perth Scorchers up for grabs.
Both sides have been handed major blows prior to the high-octane clash as Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne and Matt Renshaw are all set to miss the forthcoming match due to being part of Australia’s Test tour of India. Sixers’ batter Steven Smith will also not feature in the Challenger for the same reason.
It will be interesting to note how the two teams fill the sizeable batting holes considering that all of the four batters have been impactful for their respective sides. Heat will surely miss the trio as their batting depth will be tested with Nathan McSweeney, Max Bryant and Sam Heazlett tipped to be favourites to make it to the XI. In any case, an exciting clash awaits at the SCG as both teams will be vying for the spot in the final.
SIX vs HEA Match Details
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date & Time: February 2, 1:45 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and SonyLiv
SIX vs HEA Pitch Report
The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has one of the driest tracks with excellent conditions for the batters to score big. Adding to this, the batters can make use of the relatively short boundaries and the quick outfield. In 20 T20s played at the venue, the average first innings score has been 162. Batting first could be the way to go.
SIX vs HEA Probable Playing XIs
Sydney Sixers (SIX):
Josh Philippe (wk), Daniel Hughes, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Steve O’Keefe, Izharulhaq Naveed
Brisbane Heat (HEA):
Sam Heazlett, Josh Brown, Max Bryant, Nathan McSweeney, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), James Bazley, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann
SIX vs HEA Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter of the match
The 30-year-old right-hander has been vital for the Sixers in the ongoing edition as he has got the most runs for the side, with 353 in 13 innings. In the absence of Smith, Sixers will rely on Silk to continue playing an instrumental role and help the side find a place in the summit clash.
Probable best bowler of the match
The veteran bowling all-rounder has played a pivotal part in Heat’s run in the season thus far. With 24 wickets under his belt in 15 outings, the pacer will aim to restrict the rival side from going overboard with the score. Neser could prove to be the impact player in the contest and help tilt the momentum unless Sixers take momentum right from the word ‘go’.