On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, Brisbane Heat will lock horns with Sydney Thunder in the first eliminator clash of Women’s Big Bash League 2023 at W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth. The league stage of WBBL has been completed and the tournament has moved onto another stage. The winner of this game advances to The Challenger, where they will play the second-ranked Perth Scorchers on Wednesday.
Brisbane Heat had an excellent season and as a result, have finished at the third position on the WBBL points table. They have registered eight wins out of their 14 matches and are set to play in the playoffs. Heat played their last league game against the Sydney Thunder and now they are set to face them again in the eliminator of WBBL 2023.
In the previous match, Brisbane Heat beat the Sydney Thunder by 22 runs. Skipper Jess Jonassen displayed her prowess with the bowl picking four wickets. She led her team from the front and assisted in winning the crucial match. The team management will hope for another such performance from her in this match.
On the other hand, Sydney Thunder too had a good campaign as they ended their league phase at fourth spot with 15 points. They emerged victorious in seven games out of their 14 matches. However, their league stage didn’t end well as they faced defeat in their last game by nine wickets against the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League 2023.
Unfortunately, their batting order faltered in the match, getting the team dismissed for 123 runs. However, despite their efforts with the bat, the Sydney Thunder bowling unit struggled to stop the opposition’s chase. Their collective effort saw the team unable to disrupt the Sixers batting line-up. The team will look to put on a complete team effort to win the eliminator.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Match Details
Date and Time: November 28, 2023, Tuesday, 02:10 PM IST
Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and FanCode
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Pitch Report
The pitch at this venue generally favours the batters. However historical observations reveal that the surface seems to be slower compared to other venues, offering support to spinners. A first innings total of 160 plus might pose a significant challenge for the chasing team.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Weather Report
The weather forecast for this fixture doesn’t look promising as there’s a chance of rain in the region. The sky will be partly cloudy. The temperature is expected to be around 24-degree Celsius with 63% humidity.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Probable Playing XIs
Brisbane Heat: Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen(c), Georgia Redmayne(wk), Amelia Kerr, Mignon du Preez, Charli Knott, Georgia Voll, Bess Heath, Mikayla Hinkley, Nicola Hancock, Courtney Sippel.
Sydney Thunder: Heather Knight(c), Chamari Athapaththu, Tahlia Wilson(wk), Phoebe Litchfield, Marizanne Kapp, Anika Learoyd, Olivia Porter, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Hannah Darlington, Lauren Smith, Samantha Bates.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Head-to-Head Records
Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder have met 18 times in the WBBL history with Heat dominating the Thunder. Brisbane Heat have won ten matches while Sydney Thunder have emerged victorious in eight games. The last time these two sides met was in the last week when Brisbane Heat beat Thunder by 22 runs.
Prediction: Brisbane Heat to win the match
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Key Players
- Jess Jonassen: She is the leading wicket-taker for the Heat with 20 wickets. Jonassen was in outstanding form in the previous match against the Sydney Thunder. Her blazing four wickets assisted Brisbane Heat to beat Thunder in their last league match. Jess Jonassen was pivotal for the Brisbane Heat in that win. The team will rely on her to lead from the front in the crucial match.
- Grace Harris: She has been the leading run-scorer for the Brisbane Heat in this edition of WBBL. Harris has smashed 387 runs so far at a strike rate of 168.99. She has been in fabulous form in the ongoing tournament and will be one of the key players to look for in the eliminator against the Sydney Thunder.
- Chamari Athapaththu: She has been in her prime form and had a marvellous campaign so far. Athapaththu is the top run-scorer for Sydney Thunder with 511 runs at a strike rate of 129. She has helped the Thunder in pulling off some remarkable victories. The all-rounder has a good season with the ball too and can be proven as one of the best players in the playoff.
- Hannah Darlington: She has been the best bowler and leading wicket-taker for Sydney Thunder and has picked up 19 wickets so far with an economy rate of 8.08. She got her career-best bowling figures in this WBBL campaign. Darlington can be a key bowler to watch out for against the Brisbane Heat as she has been dazzling with the ball throughout the competition.
Women’s Big Bash League 2023, Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder – Dream 11 Prediction
Wicket-Keeper: Georgia Redmayne
Batters: Grace Harris, Heather Knight, Mignon du Preez, Phoebe Litchfield
All-rounders: Jess Jonassen, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Marizanne Kapp, Amelia Kerr
Bowlers: Nicola Hancock, Hannah Darlington