BBL finals, Sydney Thunder vs Brisbane Warmth at Manuka Oval, Canberra (7.15pm AEDT) —
The BBL finals proceed on Sunday evening with the Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Warmth going through off in a do-or-die conflict at Manuka Oval.
Brisbane beat the Adelaide Strikers on Friday evening to progress to the knockout towards the Thunder, which is in its first finals match having completed third within the common season.
The winner will play the Perth Scorchers on Thursday evening for a spot in Saturday’s final against the Sydney Sixers.
Brisbane Warmth gained the bat flip and elected to bowl first.
The Thunder is 1-22 after 4 overs.
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Additional tempo and bounce from Mark Steketee eliminated Thunder hazard man and BBL top-scorer Alex Hales, who didn’t clear the in-field and was caught a mid-on for 9.
Earlier than the match, Mark Waugh tipped the Thunder to win and for Usman Khawaja to be man of the match.
“He’s due for an enormous rating. I feel tonight’s the evening for Usman.”
Khawaja might depend himself fortunate early with ball-tracking exhibiting he was plumb lbw within the first over.
Adam Gilchrist was visibly shocked by the not out name, saying: “Entrance on, and stay, I assumed (it was) positively out.”
Sydney Thunder: Alex Hales, Usman Khawaja, Callum Ferguson (c), Sam Billings, Alex Ross, Ben Reducing, Daniel Sams, Chris Inexperienced, Adam Milne, Brendan Doggett, Tanveer Sangha. X-Issue subs: Nathan McAndrew, Oliver Davies
Brisbane Warmth: Sam Heazlett, Chris Lynn (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Joe Denly, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Lewis Gregory, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mitch Swepson, Ben Laughlin. X-Issue subs: Jack Wildermuth, Morne Morkel
The Thunder was sweating on the health of all-rounder Daniel Sams who missed the final three matches as a result of a hand damage. Fortunately for the inexperienced half of Sydney, he’s been cleared to play.
“Dan is sweet to go, which is thrilling for us,” Thunder’s coach Shane Bond mentioned. “He educated absolutely yesterday and appeared good, so he’ll come again into our crew.”
Sams has taken the place of Nathan McAndrew within the Thunder’s beginning XI.
In the meantime, the Warmth has named an unchanged XI with Morne Morkel staying on the bench as an X-Issue sub.
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LAST TIME THEY MET
On paper, each groups are evenly match having cut up their common season video games.
The Thunder gained first their first encounter again in mid-December by 4 wickets earlier than the Warmth bounced again in early January with a five-wicket win.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting solely a ten per cent of rain within the nation’s capital on Sunday.
As of 7pm, the BOM’s rain radar over Canberra remained nearly clear.