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BBL Final: Sixers Eye Home Final as Path to Victory

BBL Final: A year ago, Brisbane Heat lost to Perth Scorchers in a thrilling final at the Optus Stadium, just one point away from ending their ten-year BBL title drought.

That painful loss has set the Heat on fire and helped them reach great heights this season. But the Heat’s chance to make things right and add to their one BBL 02 title is at stake in Wednesday’s final at the SCG against Sydney Sixers.

Heat have built a strong group of local players in a way that is similar to how the Scorchers and Sixers did it. They want to become only the third team in BBL history to win multiple titles.

Title Rivalry

Heat can break the Scorchers-Sixer’s dominance, which has lasted four years and eight crowns. Heat are underdogs despite a Challenger win over in-form Adelaide Strikers, but a win might shift power.

To boost confidence, the Heat defeated the Sixers in last season’s Challenger at the SCG in a tight game.

More recently, Heat lost the Qualifier by 39 runs on a two-paced Gold Coast surface like the SCG, where the Sixers’ superb bowling arsenal defends small totals.

Sixers are confident after four straight wins, peaking at the right time. The Sixers had been struggling to finish in the top two for most of the season due to rain, including both games versus the Heat earlier in the month.

Sixers reached their seventh BBL final with wins against Scorchers in Perth and Heat, using their experience and resiliency.

Form guide

Sydney Sixers: WWWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Brisbane Heat: WLLWW

Josh Brown and Steve O’Keefe Under the Spotlight

Opening batsman Josh Brown scored the third-highest BBL score of 140 off 57 balls versus Strikers. After internationals Colin Munro and Sam Billings left, Heat’s new batting faltered in losses to Scorchers and Sixers, but Brown hit a record 12 sixes. He’s had to cope with a lot of attention and a hurting hip after pushing himself too far.

Brown may face retiring left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, who had a great last season. This season, only teammate Todd Murphy has a better economy than 6.25 for bowlers over 15 overs. O’Keefe excels on SCG surfaces, taking advantage of the ideal circumstances and making him nearly unbeatable. He scored 3 for 13 against Sydney Thunder in his last match, and if he can do that again, O’Keefe may have a fairytale career.

Teams Squad

Sydney Sixers (probable XI): 1 Jack Edwards, 2 Daniel Hughes, 3 Josh Philippe (wk), 4 Moises Henriques (capt), 5 Jordan Silk, 6 Joel Davies, 7 Hayden Kerr, 8 Sean Abbott, 9 Ben Dwarshuis, 10 Todd Murphy, 11 Steve O’Keefe

Brisbane Heat (probable XI): 1 Jimmy Peirson (wk), 2 Josh Brown, 3 Nathan McSweeney (capt), 4 Matt Renshaw, 5 Max Bryant, 6 Paul Walter, 7 Michael Neser, 8 Xavier Bartlett, 9 Spencer Johnson, 10 Mitchell Swepson, 11 Matthew Kuhnemann

Pitch and conditions

There is always anxiety over Sydney’s weather, but there is no threat of rain on Wednesday. Sunny conditions are forecast during the day and it expected to still be warm and humid when the match starts at night.

The SCG surface expected to again be slow and low to bring spinners into the game with scrappy batting often needed on the ground. Totals of around 150-160 have continually been successfully defended by the Sixers in a blueprint they will likely want to replicate if they win the bat flip.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Pawan

    January 24, 2024 at 7:22 am

    i would love to know some more about it !

  2. Param

    January 24, 2024 at 7:40 am

    Hoping for a thrilling final and a well-deserved victory for the Sixers.

  3. sandeep1

    January 24, 2024 at 8:03 am

    excited to see them play in the final

  4. Sonu

    January 24, 2024 at 8:29 am

    sixers will definitely win in this upcoming final

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