Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers
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Brisbane Heat vs. Sydney Sixers
Recent form:Brisbane Heat: WWWSydney Sixers: WLWL
Top batsmen favourite:Brisbane Heat: Brendon McCullum ($3.50 @ Sportsbet)Sydney Sixers: Daniel Hughes ($4.50 @ Sportsbet)
Top wicket favourite:Brisbane Heat: Ben Cutting ($4 @ Sportsbet)Sydney Sixers: Sean Abbott ($3.75 @ Sportsbet)
BBL|06 Match 14 – Tuesday, 3 January, 2017 from 7:10pm AEDST, GABBA, Brisbane.
THE undefeated Brisbane Heat host the inconsistent Sydney Sixers in a pivotal BBL match for the men in pink.
The Sixers have won two and lost two so far in this BBL campaign. Their win against the Scorchers away from home was as good as they have recorded in the last three years, but in their losses to the Hurricanes and Strikers they totalled just 108 runs combined.
Brisbane has been the team to beat so far in BBL6.
The Heat have posted mammoth scores and chased totals in excess of 200 runs on the back of heavy hitters Brendan McCullum and Chris Lynn.
Lynn was dynamic last time out, hammering 84 off just 50 balls, a knock which drew the praise of former Aussie batsman and national selector, Mark Waugh.
“I don’t think anyone can hit the ball harder than Chris Lynn,” Waugh said.
“Viv Richards could hit the,m but I am talking about the modern era — [Chris] Gayle maybe.”
Despite the strong start to the season, the bookies are yet to be sold on the Heat entirely.
Sportsbet.com.au has Brisbane as the $4 second favourites behind the Scorchers for the BBL title, but another display of dominance from the Heat on Tuesday night could see them assume top position in the betting market.
Brendon McCullum batting markets
The Kiwi opener has taken a bit of a backseat to teammate Chris Lynn, but the former New Zealand skipper has threatened to blow apart an innings every time he has taken to the crease.
Last time out against the Hurricanes McCullum smashed 72 runs off just 35 balls, which was 12 runs shy of Lynn’s match high total.
We think the Heat’s skipper will have set himself to make an impact against one of the BBL’s most popular franchises and the price on the Kiwi super-slugger is enticing given Lynn’s prowess.
Man of the match: $7 at Sportsbet.com.au
Top match batsman: $5 at Sportsbet.com.au
Top Heat run-scorer: $3.50 at Sportsbet.com.au
Heat vs. Sixers match tips
The white-hot Brisbane Heat host the struggling Sydney Sixers at the GABBA on Tuesday night in what could be a make or break game for the visitors.
The Sixers have demonstrated a great ability to play quality team cricket, but they lack the star quality that other sides have to lean on when they need a match defining contribution.
The Heat have arguably the two best batsmen in the competition in the form of Lynn and McCullum, which means no total will ever be safe while one or both still occupy the crease.
The Heat are unbeaten for a reason and the Sixers have struggled to subdue the teams that have formidable batting attacks. It all points towards a healthy Heat win.
We are backing Brisbane to maintain their unbeaten run whilst condemning the Sixers to their second straight loss.
Match result: Brisbane Heat to win ($1.60 at Sportsbet.com.au)
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