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THU vs HEA Dream11 Prediction & Fan2Play Possible 11 Pitch Report: BBL 2022/23 Match 17

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The last time Sydney Thunder played on this ground, they set a world record. Unfortunately, it was a record for the lowest score ever in men’s T20s, finishing with a scarcely believable 15 all-out on an embarrassing night.

The Thunder have lost a further two matches since to sit bottom of the league. It is a long season, but the men in green cannot afford to slip further behind as the likes of the Sixers and Hurricanes are beginning to find some of their best touch. Runs up top will be key, as will a team effort with the ball after Fazalhaq Farooqi’s contract was torn up due to behavioural issues.

So, an opportunity awaits for Brisbane Heat. They broke an eight-game losing streak dating back to last season after a stirring win over the Strikers on December 23, and they will be looking to follow that effort up with another here. Sam Billings will play his former team, while the likes of Michael Neser and Mark Steketee are capable of ripping a fragile Thunder lineup to shreds.

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Thunder are yet to officially name their squad. They may play Ben Cutting as Fazalhaq’s replacement.

Sydney Thunder: 1. Alex Hales, 2. Matthew Gilkes (wk), 3. Rilee Rossouw, 4. Oliver Davies, 5. Alex Ross, 6. Daniel Sams, 7. Ben Cutting, 8. Nathan McAndrew, 9. Chris Green (c), 10. Gurinder Sandhu, 11. Brendan Doggett

Heat are also yet to officially name their squad. They could stick with the same XI that beat Strikers.

Brisbane Heat: 1. Max Bryant, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Matt Renshaw, 4. Sam Billings, 5. Jimmy Peirson (c & wk), 6. Ross Whiteley, 7. Michael Neser, 8. James Bazley, 9. Mark Steketee, 10. Matthew Kuhnemann, 11. Mitchell Swepson

Key Players to Watch/Key Stats

Sydney Thunder:

  • Alex Hales found form in the last match with a 50-ball 68 vs Strikers. He will be looking to improve on his poor record vs Heat: 7 inns, 116 runs, avg. 19.33, SR 143.21.
  • At Sydney Showground, Hales has scored 164 runs in eight matches at an average of 23.43 and strike rate of 156.19.
  • Since the start of September, Rilee Rossouw has scored 276 runs at an average of 69.00 and strike rate of 178.84 when batting first in T20s. When batting second, he has scored just 35 runs in six innings.
  • Oliver Davies has struck scores of 33* and 42 in his last two knocks.
  • Daniel Sams has taken 12 wickets in seven matches vs Heat at an average of 17.67 and economy of 9.49. Also, he has the most wickets on this ground: 15 inns, 28 wickets, avg. 13.46, SR 10.64.
  • Sams has dismissed Max Bryant once in 17 balls (20 runs), Munro once in 21 balls (38 runs), Renshaw once in nine balls (five runs).
  • Gurinder Sandhu has taken eight wickets in six matches for Thunder against Heat (avg. 18.13, econ. 7.63). Sandhu strikes every 21.67 deliveries on this ground.

Brisbane Heat:

  • Sam Billings returns to his former home ground. He didn’t enjoy much success on this ground, with just 61 runs in four innings at an average of 15.25. But, he is a class player and is coming off 79 (48) in the last match.
  • Colin Munro vs Sydney Thunder: 5 inns, 158 runs, avg. 39.50, SR 118.80.
  • Mark Steketee has dismissed Alex Hales twice in 14 balls in the BBL, conceding just nine runs in the process. The seamer comes into this match with seven wickets in three matches so far in this tournament.
  • Steketee vs Thunder: 9 inns, 12 wickets, avg. 21.50, econ. 7.82.
  • Michael Neser is in excellent form, and will be keen to target a Thunder lineup that has struggled against seam this season. The pacer has taken six wickets in BBL 12 at an average of 9.16, including a hat-trick.
  • In 11 career matches vs Thunder, Neser has taken 12 wickets at an economy of just 6.43.

Other Stats and Facts

  • Head-to-head: Matches 16, Thunder 5, Heat 10, N/R 1.
  • Brisbane Heat have won all three matches at Sydney Showground Stadium.
  • Alex Ross vs Heat since December 2019: 6 inns, 146 runs, avg. 36.50, SR 128.07.
  • Daniel Sams has a batting strike rate of 203.08 vs Heat (132 runs, avg. 22.00).
  • Max Bryant averages just 16.00 in eight T20s vs Thunder since January 2019.
  • Jimmy Peirson vs Thunder: 11 inns, 179 runs, avg. 29.83, SR 124.31.

Sydney Showground Stadium Pitch Report and Weather

The last game on this ground saw the seamers run riot. Wes Agar took 4/6 and Henry Thornton 5/3 as they dismantled the Thunder in 5.5 overs.

It will be unwise to expect anything similar in this game, but the bowlers often have a say here. However, batsmen did enjoy batting on this ground in last year’s BBL, with an average first innings score of 171.5 at a run rate of 9.02. Also, the team batting first won three of the four matches.

A warm and clear evening is forecast in Sydney.

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Note: The below teams are not based on the final playing XIs. We may not be able to update these in time. Use the stats and commentary in this article as well as your own instincts to create your teams.

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Base Team:

  • Wicket-Keepers: Jimmy Peirson
  • Batsmen: Alex Hales, Sam Billings
  • All-Rounders: Daniel Sams, Michael Neser
  • Bowlers: Mark Steketee

BBL 2022/23 Match 17: THU vs HEA Match Prediction – Who will win?

Brisbane Heat have the seamers to worry Sydney Thunder. Ultimately, it could come down to 160 on the board batting first. But, we pick the Heat to win this clash.

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