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Big Bash Final preview: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat

The top two teams over the course of the regular season meet in the final of BBL 13, with the Sydney Sixers hosting the Brisbane Heat at the SCG on Wednesday.

It was the Heat who finished top of the ladder, but they then lost the Qualifier against the Sixers by 39 runs and had to see off the Adelaide Strikers to reach the showpiece season finale.

The two sides met twice in the regular season, but little can be read into those clashes, with one lost entirely to the weather and the other a rain-affected three-run win for the Heat at Coffs Harbour.

The 1.75 Sixers will be hoping to land a fourth Big Bash title, while the 2.10 Heat will hope to add a second success to the one they enjoyed back in 2013.

WhatSydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat
WhereSCG, Sydney
When19:15 (AEDT), Wednesday 24th January 2024
How to watchChannel 7, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsSydney Sixers 1.75, Brisbane Heat 2.10

Sixers hitting form at the right time

The Sixers have won their last four games and appear to be peaking at exactly the right time to be crowned champions.

They may have lost the services of James Vince before the season has drawn to a close, but Daniel Hughes and skipper Moises Henriques have stepped up to the plate and delivered in the Englishman’s absence.

Hughes blasted 74 from 43 balls in a win over the Perth Scorchers, before backing that up with 42 in the Qualifier victory over the Heat.

Henriques, meanwhile, saw his side over the line against the Scorchers with an unbeaten 47 from just 20 balls faced, before his innings of 59 proved to be the difference between the Sixers and the Heat.

Henriques is 10.00 to be Player of the Match in the final, with Hughes available at 4.33 to be Team - Top Batter.

With the ball, there is no doubt that left-arm seamer Ben Dwarshuis has been the standout performer, taking 16 wickets in the competition to date, including 5-21 in the recent victory over the Heat.

All-rounder Jack Edwards has picked up 11 wickets this season, having not previously bowled at all in the BBL - he is 5.50 to be Team - Top Bowler at the SCG, with Dwarshuis leading the market at 4.33.

Heat stutter as the end approaches

The Heat may have finished top of the regular season standings, but they have lost two of their last three games and needed an outstanding individual performance from Josh Brown to secure their place in the BBL final.

The opener smashed a season’s best 140 from a mere 57 balls faced in the 54-run Challenger victory over the Strikers, smashing 12 sixes and 10 fours, with only one other batter reaching double figures.

Brown is 4.33 to be Team - Top Batter on Wednesday, while the Heat will be boosted by 4.75 Matt Renshaw being available to play after being left out of the Australia side for the second Test against West Indies.

If the Heat are to see off the Sixers, it is likely that their pace attack will have to play a prominent role, as they have done throughout the season so far.

Xavier Bartlett leads the wicket-taking charts with 18 victims, while Paul Walter is level on 16 with the Sixers’ Dwarshuis and tearaway left-armer Spencer Johnson has 15 wickets to his name.

Add in Australia internationals Michael Neser and left-arm spinner Matt Kuhnemann and it is clear that the Heat’s main strength lies with the ball in hand.

Johnson, who took 3-20 in the victory over the Strikers, is 4.50 to be Team - Top Bowler at the SCG, while he is 11.00 to be named as Player of the Match.

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