Big Bash League 2022-23: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat – Challenger Preview and Updates

The Sydney Sixers will have another chance to make the finals when they face the Brisbane Heat in a challenger match on Thursday. In their previous qualifier match, Sydney Sixers were defeated by Perth Scorchers by a massive 7 wicket margin. Batting first, the Sixers set a target of 152 runs in 20 overs, which the Scorchers batsmen easily chased down with 7 wickets to spare.

Brisbane Heat have been steadily climbing the knockout ladder. They won both of their previous knockout games. They defeated the Melbourne Renegades by 7 wickets and 7 balls to secure a spot against the Sixers in the BBL challenger match. Heat chased down the 163-run target with only three wickets lost.

The Challenger between Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat will take place on February 2nd, 2023 at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

Match Details to Note

Match: Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat, Challenger, Big Bash League 2022-23

Date: February 02, 2023 (Thursday)                                           

Time: 1:45 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat

Sydney Sixers (Match Odds – 1.57):


The Sydney Sixers stormed into the tournament playoffs after finishing second on the table, just behind the Perth Scorchers. They have dominated in every aspect of the game, winning four of their last five matches. However, after a crushing defeat against the Scorchers in the qualifiers, they will look to rebound and advance to the competition’s finals.

The Sixers were defeated by the Scorchers by 7 wickets in their previous match. They set a target of 152 runs in 20 overs for them. The only positives with the bat were captain Moises Henriques and Jordan Silk. Moises scored 58 runs off 43 balls, while Silk scored 47 runs off 34 balls to remain unbeaten.

They received no help from the other batters, and as a result, they finished with a low total. In the race to the finals, they’ll try to turn things around against the Heat.

Full Squad:

Moises Henriques (c), Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Kerr, Nathan Lyon, Steve OKeefe, Josh Philippe (wk), Jordan Silk, Izharulhaq Naveed, Kurtis Patterson, Jack Edwards, Mickey Edwards, Todd Murphy, Josh Kann, Steven Smith, Lachlan Shaw

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Players to watch out for:

Watch out Moises Henriques, Steven Smith and Sean Abbot for Sydney Sixers in this match.

Possible Playing XI:

Josh Philippe, Steven Smith, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques, Jordan Silk, Hayden Kerr, Daniel Christian, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbot, Steve O Keefe, Izharulhaq Naveed

Brisbane Heat (Match Odds – 2.40):


The Brisbane Heat have made a late surge in the competition, and they are one game away from clinching a spot in the Big Bash League finals. They had a poor tournament, but they dug deep and are now one of only three teams left in the competition. The Heat have only lost one of their last five games as their ascension to the top continues.

In the knockout round, Brisbane Heat easily defeated Melbourne Renegades. They defeated the Renegades by 7 wickets, setting up a thrilling match against the Sydney Sixers on Thursday. The Brisbane Heat easily chased down the target of 163 runs with 7 wickets to spare.

Xavier Bartlett was their star bowler, taking three wickets and conceding only 18 runs in four overs. His three wickets with an economy rate of only 4.5 were critical in limiting the opposition’s total. During the chase, Usman Khawaja led the charge, scoring 59 runs off 47 balls.

Full Squad:

Ross Whiteley, Usman Khawaja (c), Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Will Prestwidge, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee, Jack Wildermuth, Sam Hain, Josh Brown, Nathan McSweeney

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Players to watch out for:

Watch out Usman Khawaja, Xavier Bartlett and Marnus Labuschagne for Brisbane Heat in this match.

Possible Playing XI:

Usman Khawaja, Josh Brown, Marnus Labuschagne, Matt Renshaw, Sam Hain, Jimmy Peirson, James Bazley, Xavier Bartlett, Michael Neser, Spencer Johnson, Matthew Kuhnemann

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played SIX Won HEA Won Tie NR
Overall 17 13 4 0 0

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Toss Prediction

Sydney Cricket Ground is primarily a batting venue. Batting becomes less difficult under the lights. Because totals are difficult to defend on this ground, the team that wins the toss will choose to bowl first.

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Pitch Report

The match will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the bustling city of Sydney.

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The SCG has a batting-friendly surface, so hitters usually have a good time there. The pacers benefit from a fresh SCG pitch, but the batsmen also score frequently. The pitch’s natural bounce allows hitters to easily gauge the ball as they take their swings.

Thursday has a very low chance of rain, making it an ideal day for a game of cricket. The humidity is 72%, and the winds are moderate. In the evening, temperatures will be around 24 degrees Celsius.

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Prediction

Both the Brisbane Heat and the Sydney Sixers are in good form, making it difficult to predict who will win this match. However, based on recent results and squad strength, the Sydney Sixers have a better chance of winning the game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Sydney Sixers is the favourite to beat Brisbane Heat at the odds of 1.57.

Sydney Sixers vs Brisbane Heat Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Sean Abbott has been the best bowler for Sydney Sixers and has picked up 28 wickets while bowling at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 7.44. We recommend picking him as the highest wicket taker against Brisbane Heat.

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