Thursday 23 January – 6.10pm (Qld time) at the Gabba
The Heat have lost their past two matches in humbling fashion, so the only way is up from here as they fight to stay in Finals contention. The second-placed Sixers won a rain-affected clash against ladder leaders Melbourne Stars earlier this week so are cruising comparatively.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The Heat won a rare encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground early in the competition, batting first and scoring 209 courtesy of Chris Lynn’s stunning 94 from 35 balls, before a composed team effort with the ball completed a comfortable win.
FORM AT GABBA
The Gabba still proves a difficult venue for the Heat to crack. The Sixers have tended to have the better of the wins and losses at the venue over the years.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman v Steve Smith
The Heat will hope the highly-rated young Afghan spinner brings all his tricks to the table as Aussie batting trump Steve Smith suits up for his first BBL match in six years. Smith is coming off a last start hundred against India, although the Gabba represents a change in conditions and Mujeeb is more than capable of springing a surprise.
Matt Renshaw v Nathan Lyon
Despite a first baller the other night, the left-handed Renshaw has been one of the batting bankers for the Heat, especially against spin. While the “GOAT” has become better known for his Test feats, he first came to prominence in the BBL and is a formidable opponent.
IT'S A BIG NIGHT FOR..
Marnus Labuschagne. T20 is his least familiar format, but a match-defining BBL performance would be the perfect coda for the all-conquering summer of Marnus. Always brings great energy to whatever he does, whether batting, bowling and in the field. Here’s hoping he can show the way for his talented teammates.