BBL 2023-24 | HEA vs SIX, Match 22 - Cricket Fantasy Guide

image-lqsbr8m2Josh Brown will be an important pick for the match (Source:

Brisbane Heat (HEA) & Sydney Thunder (THU) will be against each other in the 16th match of the Big Bash League 2023. The game will be played at the Gabba in Queensland at 1:45 PM IST on 27th December 2023. There are plenty of quality players in both teams who are capable of winning games single-handedly on their day. This fantasy guide will help you in picking a top notch fantasy team to help you win big in this game. 

Brisbane Heat are off to a flying start in BBL 2023 as they are at the top of the points table with 4 wins in 5 games with 1 match being abandoned due to rain. They defeated the Sydney Thunder by 15 runs in the last game. Their batters and bowlers are in great form and they'll be eyeing yet another win in this match. 

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Sydney Sixers, meanwhile, are in the 3rd position with 3 wins, 1 loss & one abandoned game after 4 matches. Their last game was washed out and ended as a no result. They have been in good form with both bat and ball. The top order needs to be a bit consistent in the upcoming games for them to do well. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Gabba is an excellent one for batting particularly in the first innings. There isn't much help for the pacers with the new ball and the spinners don't get a lot of assistance either in the first innings. Batters in the first innings will be in for a big score if they get going. There is plenty of movement on offer for the pacers in the second innings with the new ball and spinners also come into play in the latter half of the match.

Death bowlers from first innings will be important (as usual) from fantasy perspective. Teams may prefer but batting first will be a good choice too. Average first innings score here is around170-175 runs. Teams batting first have been more successful at this venue.

Fantasy Value from Pitch Report

  • Batters from first innings will be crucial.
  • Pick death bowlers from first innings and new ball bowlers from the second innings.
  • Spinners from the second innings will be important. You can drop the spinners from the first innings from your fantasy teams.
  • Dropping the openers from the second innings can be fruitful.

HEA vs SIX, Match 22: Differential Picks

Josh Brown (HEA)

  • Josh Brown will be an excellent differential pick, especially while batting first.
  • There isn't much for the bowlers in the first innings and Brown can take the advantage of that.
  • He bats very aggressively and can score big on his day. He scored 39 runs in the last game. 

Nathan McSweeney (HEA)

  • Nathan McSweeney will bat at 3 for the Heat and will be an excellent differential pick, especially while batting first.
  • He scored 73 runs in the last game. 
  • McSweeney can bowl an over or two of his off-spin if required. 

Matt Kuhnemann (HEA)

  • Spinners come into play in the 2nd innings at Gabba and if Kuhnemann will be a top differential pick if Heat bats first.
  • He picked up 2 wickets in the last game against Thunder and will be a key bowler for his team. 

Spencer Johnson (HEA)

  • Spencer Johnson will bowl in the powerplay, in the power surge and then towards the end of the innings. 
  • He picked up 2 wickets in the last game. 
  • Johnson will get good bounce at the Gabba and he can pick up a few wickets in this game, especially while bowling second. 

HEA vs SIX, Match 22: Fantasy Cricket Tips

If Brisbane Heat Bats First

  • Colin Munro will be a good C/VC option alongside Sean Abbott. 
  • You can take the risk of dropping Jackson Bird, Michael Neser & Josh Phillippe. 
  • Nathan McSweeney & Matt Kuhnemann will be a top differential picks.

If Sydney Sixers Bat First

  • Josh Phillippe can be a good C/VC pick. 
  • Pick Kurtis Patterson & Matt Renshaw.
  • Dropping Colin Munro & Mitchell Swepson can be worth the risk.
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