The home side should be too strong in a battle of BBL battlers on Tuesday night.
This is hardly a vintage T20 contest, with arguably the BBL’s two worst sides facing off in Sydney.
With neither team showing much early in the season, home ground advantage may prove the difference. Ten of the last eleven BBL games have been won by the home team, including the last four.
The Thunder’s season couldn’t have gone much worse so far, with skipper Jason Sangha out with a broken collarbone and Fazalhaq Farooqi sent home for an undisclosed disciplinary reason. However, they have had a tricky draw to date with two games against the Strikers, including their infamous all-out 15 which they responded well from.
The Heat are coming off a narrow win over the Strikers but were pretty ordinary in their two prior losses to the Renegades. Before that win, they’d lost eight straight games.
Between two hugely inconsistent teams, the home side should edge out a victory.
Sandhu is a reliable contributor with the rock and will need to shoulder more of the wicket-taking burden with Farooqi out of the side.
The tall quick has taken 2+ wickets in 3 of his 4 games this season and in his last five home matches.
Worth a play for most Thunder wickets too with economy rate the tiebreaker at TopSport. Sandhu generally concedes fewer runs than main rival Daniel Sams.
The Heat skipper is big overs in this market. Peirson has proven to be Brisbane’s most consistent batsman, scoring 25+ runs in 4 of his last 5 Big Bash appearances and top scoring in 2 of his last 3 games.
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Thunder H2H / J.Peirson 10+ runs / G.Sandhu 2+ wickets / M.Steketee 1+ wicket