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WBBL 2018-19, Match 53: Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

The Sydney Thunder are expected to finish the group stage with their 10th win of the season.

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Sydney Thunder. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Sydney Thunder will be featuring with their full strength for one last time as they will be missing some of their International stats due to national commitments. Thunder will be hoping to finish the league phase with a win which will give them a chance to finish at No.1 in the points table ahead of Sydney Sixers. They currently have 19 points from 13 matches with nine wins. They will face Brisbane Heat at the Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Saturday.

The Brisbane side has more or less confirmed their berth in the semi-final. Losing this game wouldn’t cost them a spot in final four. Their current NRR is +1.178 well ahead of the Perth Scorchers’ -0.552 who currently have 12 points from 12 games. Scorchers need to win both their matches to equal Brisbane’s tally of 16 points. Both the teams have named unchanged squads for their last game of the league stage.

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Match Details:

The 53rd match of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will be played between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder at the Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns.

The match starts at 6:15 PM local time (8:15 AM GMT) (1:45 AM IST).

Streaming of this game will be available on cricket.com.au, Cricket Australia Live apps and WBBL Facebook Page.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns hasn’t hosted a professional limited-overs match in the last ten years. The venue hosted two FC matches in this span – CA XI vs Pakistan game which was a pacer friendly track while a Sheffield Shield game which was a high-scoring one.

Squads:

Sydney Thunder:

Alex Blackwell (C), Rachael Haynes, Rachel Priest, Maisy Gibson, Lisa Griffith, Nicola Carey, Sam Bates, Stafanie Taylor, Harmanpreet Kaur, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, Saskia Horley.

Brisbane Heat:

Kirby Short (C), Jemma Barsby, Haidee Birkett, Josie Dooley, Grace Harris, Laura Harris, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sune Luus, Beth Mooney, Georgia Prestwidge, Laura Wolvaardt.


Injury and Availability Updates after the announcement of the squads:

(Will be added when there is an update)

Power Picks:

Nicola Carey has been brilliant in the last two matches where she scored 39* and 13* respectively and picked up two wickets apiece. She has to start ahead of any of the Brisbane all-rounders in the XI.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

The likes of Grace Harris and Nicola Carey will be first preferred options for multipliers. Other than these two, Sammy Jo-Johnson and Jess Jonassen can be perfect for these roles. Stafanie Taylor can be considered as well despite her performances in the recent games.


Playing XI #1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Beth Mooney

Batters – Harmanpreet Kaur, Racheal Haynes, Kirby Short, Naomi Stalenberg

All-Rounders – Stafanie Taylor (VC), Grace Harris (C), Nicola Carey

Bowlers – Lisa Griffiths, Jemma Barsby, Delissa Kimmince

Playing XI #2 for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Rachel Priest

Batters – Harmanpreet Kaur, Racheal Haynes, Kirby Short, Naomi Stalenberg

All-Rounders – Sammy Jo-Johnson, Jess Jonassen (C), Nicola Carey (VC)

Bowlers – Maisy Gibson, Jemma Barsby, Delissa Kimmince


Expert Advice:

The all-rounders’ category contains Stafanie Taylor, Grace Harris, Nicola Carey, Sammy Jo-Johnson and Jess Jonassen. The three players from Brisbane have been consistent while Stafanie had some averages matches of late while Carey peaked at the same time.

Probable Winners:

The Sydney Thunder are expected to finish the group stage with their 10th win of the season.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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