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Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder live Big Bash League 2012-13`

Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder live Big Bash League 2012-13` Photo: TT

It is the lower end of the table that will be in action on Friday with Brisbane Heat taking on Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. The match will be played in Sydney.

On the points table, the two teams are precariously placed - Thunder even more so than their rivals.

Yet to register a win in four attempts, Thunder are understandably losing hopes of a qualification for the knockouts.

Heat’s lone win from four matches does give them a slight chance and another win will do their hopes a whole lot of good. They are currently in sixth place. Both teams suffered defeats in their last games.

Brisbane were outdone by Melbourne Renegades on Saturday. With the batsmen struggling, the team could only post 133 which was chased down in the final over without much trouble.

James Hopes, the captain, has himself not been able to inspire the team and takes a lot of responsibility for the batting woes specially with Luke Pomersbach also opening the innings. Thisara Perera proved his worth in the last game with a 24-ball 38 while Ben Cutting also had a go.

With the ball, Kemar Roach has not been able to fulfill expectations and his form will be the key if Heat aim to strike back.

Thunder were beaten by 30 runs against Hobart Hurricanes as their innings failed to get going at the pace which was needed. Starts that do not carry on is a problem for their team and there are high expectations from Chris Gayle and Azhar Mahmood.

The runs have not come in as high a number though and that is their major concern. The bowling is their weaker link and with Dirk Nannes having a bad game, it was always going to be difficult to contain the opposition. Mahmood too has had a difficult time.

The match starts at 7pm with Heat starting as slight favorites.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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