Thursday 17 January 2019, 6.15pm (Qld time) at the Gabba
TICKETS or BROADCAST
Tickets are available through Ticketek. If you can’t attend the match you can watch the action live on Channel 7 or Fox Cricket or stream online with a Kayo subscription.
The Heat come into this match in sixth position on the BBL ladder after recording three wins from their seven games, while the Thunder sit second with four wins from eight comes, with both teams having last-start wins. Such is the tightness of the table; the Heat will jump into the top four if they win thanks to a superior net-run-rate which was achieved thanks to Sunday’s thumping 101-run win over the Renegades.
Shane Watson (c)
LAST TIME THEY MET
It was the Bash Brothers show in Sydney as Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum both smashed quick-fire half centuries in the Heat’s rain-affected win at Spotless Stadium. Though the Thunder only got through five overs of their chase in pursuit of 187, the fact they were 2-34 is a fair indication that the Heat were the better side on the night.
Brendon McCullum v Shane Watson
Two of the BBL’s senior statesmen are fit, firing and in form. After a slow start to the tournament, McCullum’s campaign has roared into life thanks to three half-centuries on the trot. Likewise, Watson’s form has been different in the early stages of BBL|08, however he proved during the Thunder’s last-start win over the Adelaide Strikers that you can never write off a champion after a blustering 68 from 40 balls. Expect fireworks at the top of the order from both batsmen.
Max Bryant vs Chris Jordan
This clash has all the makings of a classic T20 battle. The plucky upstart batsmen full of form and confidence versus the international fast-bowling star. Bryant will be hoping this is the match he converts his fast starts into a big score, however he will receive serious competition from Jordan who has played 35 T20 Internationals for England.
IT’S A BIG NIGHT FOR
Both teams. The Heat are desperate to snap six game losing streak at home, with a win also likely to put them firmly in the finals hunt at the half-way point of the season. Likewise, the Thunder will view this as an all-important game. Win and they remain in second spot on the ladder. Lose and they leave the door opens for other teams with games in hand to jump them.