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Shivani Shukla ∙ Jan 26 2023, 8:30 PM | 2 Min Read

BBL Eliminator, Thunder vs Heat: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips

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On Friday, the Big Bash League playoff kicks off as the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat lock horns to stay alive in the competition. 

The Eliminator game is scheduled to be played at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday, January 27. 

In their last league stage match, Sydney Thunder secured a convincing three-wicket win against Melbourne Stars to qualify for the playoffs. On the other hand, Brisbane won six games out of the 14 they played to earn their spot in the playoffs. 

Coming to head-to-head record, Sydney Thunder will be locking horns with Brisbane Heat third time this season. The Chris Green-led unit emerged victorious on both occasions, and Brisbane will look to not only avenge their previous loss but also eliminate their opposition.  

Match Details

  • Date & Time: January 27, 1:45 PM IST
  • Venue: Sydney Showground Stadium 
  • Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network and Sony LIV App 

Pitch Report 

The pitch at Sydney Showground Stadium has been a balanced one so far in the tournament. We have seen equal contests between bat and ball in the games. The average first innings score here is 147 runs. However, as the pitches in Australia are drying up, the toss-winner will probably bat first. 

Predicted Playing XI 

Sydney Thunder: Matthew Gilkes (wk), David Warner, Jason Sangha, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Chris Green (c), Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir 

Brisbane Heat: Josh Brown, Usman Khawaja (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Michael Neser, James Bazley, Spencer Johnson, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Kuhnemann 

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Jimmy Peirson
Batters: Alex Ross, Oliver Davies, Sam Hain
All-Rounders: Michael Neser, James Bazley, Daniel Sams, Matt Renshaw
Bowlers: Gurinder Sandhu, Usman Qadir, Mitchell Swepson

Captain: Michael Neser
Vice-Captain: Daniel Sams


It will be a nail-biter, considering the incredible quality of both teams. However, as Brisbane Heat have momentum on their side, we expect them to emerge victorious in this match. 

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