The Heat and the Thunder will square-off at the Gabba in Brisbane for the 33rd match of Big Bash League which will also account their second meeting of this season.
Thunder have been impressive with 4 wins and 4 loss from 8 games to their name. They are holding the third position on the points table and are looking comfortable for an eventual spot in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, Heat are coming into this contest on the back of winning an impressive win over Melbourne Renegades by 101 runs. They have the confidence by their side but their current position on the points table is a bit of worry.
With only three wins from 7 games, they are holding the sixth position as of now, a win here will definitely hamper their chances and help them crawl past Sydney Sixers to grab the fifth spot.
Match Details: January 17 Monday at 01:45 PM IST,
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Team changes for Sydney Thunder:
In: Jay Lenton, Ryan Gibson
Out: Jason Sangha
Team changes for Brisbane Heat:
In: Sam Heazlett, Mark Steketee
Out: Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw
BRH Playing 11: Jimmy Pierson, Brendon McCullum, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson, Brendan Doggett, Josh Lalor.
Brisbane Heat squad: Chris Lynn (c), Jimmy Pierson, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Josh Lalor, Jack Prestwidge, Mark Steketee, Brendon McCullum, Sam Heazlett, Mitchell Swepson, Brendon Doggett, Ben Cutting, Max Bryant.
SDT Playing 11: Shane Watson, Jay Lenton, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Anton Devcich, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Fawad Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Gurinder Sandhu, Chris Green.
Sydney Thunder squad: Shane Watson (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Jono Cook, Anton Devcich, Callum Ferguson, Ryan Gibson, Chris Green, Chris Jordan, Jay Lenton, Arjun Nair, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Fawad Ahmed.
Going by the current form of the two sides, both teams are coming into this encounter with big names under their belt.
Heat defeated Renegades by 101 runs whereas, thunder tamed Strikers by 71 runs. It is hard to predict the winner among the two teams but if we go by the current standing of the points table, Sydney Thunder stands a fair chance of winning this encounter.
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