The 16th match of the Big Bash League is set to feature the Brisbane Heat against the Sydney Thunder. Coming off a victory against the Melbourne Renegades, the Brisbane Heat enters the game with confidence, while the Sydney Thunder, in good form, secured a win against the Melbourne Stars. This match promises to be a thrilling encounter, and you can find all the details by reading this blog.

Key notes of the match:

Name of the teams:

Brisbane Heat & Sydney Thunder

Date & Time:

The match will be played on 27/12/2023 at 1:45 PM / 8:15 AM (GMT) / 6:15 PM (local)


The venue of the match is Brisbane, The Gabba.

Streaming partners:

The match will be available on Sky Sports Cricket, Fox Sports, Seven Network and the Star Sports Network.

Pitch report:

The game will take place at the Gabba, renowned for its batsman-friendly pitch that offers substantial pace and bounce, facilitating comfortable shot execution for batsmen. Nevertheless, with the passage of time, the pitch tends to slow down, becoming more favorable for spinners. As a result, it is anticipated that the team winning the toss will opt to bat first, and achieving a score of 200 is considered quite manageable for the team batting first.

Weather report:

As per the weather forecast, the expected maximum temperature on the day of the match is approximately 32 degrees Celsius, with a minimum of around 22 degrees Celsius. Humidity is projected to be around 64%, and there is a 20% chance of precipitation with a wind speed of 13 km/hr. The weather report also verifies the likelihood of scattered thunderstorms during the match day.

Brisbane Heat Predicted Playing XI:

Colin Munro (c), Nathan McSweeney, Matt Renshaw, Sam Billings (wk), Paul Walter, Michael Neser, Xavier Bartlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Brown.

Sydney Thunder Predicted Playing XI:

Chris Green (c), Cameron Bancroft (wk), Jason Sangha, Oliver Davies, Alex Ross, Daniel Sams, Nathan McAndrew, Liam Hatcher, Zaman Khan, Tanveer Sangha, Alex Hales.

Head-to-head stats:

Total matches: 19
Brisbane Heat won: 12
Sydney Thunder won: 7

Our prediction & analysis: 

The Brisbane Heat is excelling in this league, maintaining an unblemished record without a single loss and currently occupying the top position on the points table.

Colin Munro leads the tournament in run-scoring and exhibits outstanding form as he opens the innings. It is likely that he will take the first batting position alongside Josh Brown, who, despite not having played a significant inning so far, is expected to make a contribution. The Brisbane Heat’s triumph in the previous game can be attributed largely to the impressive performances of Sam Billings and Matt Renshaw.

Conversely, the Sydney Thunder faced defeats in both of their initial matches but successfully reversed their fortunes on Saturday with a victory against the Melbourne Stars. As a result, they have now climbed to the 5th position on the league table.

Therefore, this match doesn’t involve the top contenders. According to our sports experts, the Brisbane Heat is poised to secure a comfortable victory.

Final words:

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